Tales Grotesque–Edgar Allan Poe

So I watch this movie called ‘Raven’, it’s about Mr. Poe, stars John Cusack (who does a surprisingly awesome job) and was a pretty good film. I really liked it. Made me really pumped up to read some of his stuff. And I’ve had this book on my shelf for roughly eight years. Have never gotten around to reading it and finally, FINALLY, I picked it up.

That being said…*falls asleep on desk*. With a title like that I was really expecting some seriously gross and interesting stuff to happen. These are a bunch of short stories (that should’ve been my first indicator that I was going to be bored, I’m the worst when it comes to reading short stories) and apparently back in the day ‘grotesque’ didn’t mean the same thing that it does now. It basically meant bizarre or odd. (Which I knew, but I double-checked it because I’m super forgetful and was unsure that that’s what it meant.)

So that should’ve been my second indicator. But apparently I’m not as smart as I think I am.

The first story is about a guy in a balloon made of paper and a bowler hat. You would think that was cool. But after awhile I was just like okay…I get it. Plot me, brother. He was talking about this man in the “balloon” and how it affected him. Then at some point he acquires a bunch of cats.

I’m not a cat person. Sure, I’ll pet one if it comes over, be nice to it because I do love animals in general, but I would not go out of my way to adopt/buy one. I’m a dog person through and through. I do not want to read about the affects that living in an air balloon have on a cat. Tedious.

The only story that I liked in this book was one about some guy who eventually dies at the end by jumping off a boat with his wife’s coffin. I’m disturbed like that and it was exactly what I was looking for when I opened the book.

Read it, it’s good writing, and now that you’ve been warned maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did!

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