The Black Cat (Edgar Allan Poe) BOOK REVIEW

17:00 Hannah - 6 Comments

Ahoy!

So, sorry for failing to upload a review last week. Although, I can say that my excuse is valid. I was being productive: I was revising. I was actually revising. I must have been inhabited by an alien, because that is not me. Maybe this is Hiln the Bliecip writing, not Hannah the Humanoid. 

Source: blackcatrescue(dot)wordpress(dot)com

Ok, so after that slightly creepy introduction, let's get to an actual review and forget about that! 

In a Nutshell:
The tale centers around a black cat and its temperate owner. 

The Actual Review:

I guess I needed a good dose of Poe seeing as this caught me completely off guard!

The prose - true to EAP - is dark, insightful and sickening. The depictions of animal abuse particularly made me feel ill and I can be sure my toes literally curled. 

The narrative of later scenes echoed those of the Tell-Tale  Heart and not just echoed, had a frightening sameness that was grossly disappointing. However, my bias allows me to let it go. 

Also, I should add it that it is actually rather refreshing to have a character who isn't supposed to be relatable because so often, attempts at writing in relatable characters fail miserably. So, yes, thank-you very much Mr Poe for introducing variety to my reading. 

In Conclusion:

⚫️ Dark imagery 
⚫️ Sickening depictions of abuse and murder
⚫️ Grossly disappointing similarity to the Tell-Tale Heart 

Rating: 
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/////////// Quote of the post ///////// 

"And so being young and dipped in folly, I fell in love with melancholy" - Edgar Allan Poe 

6 comments:

  1. My mum's been trying to get me into Edgar Allen Poe for MONTHS... But it doesn't sound like my cup of tea at all. I cry in Disney movies, so I'm not sure how I would even be able to consider coping with this! Great post Hannah :)
    El | The Ramblings Of Moi.

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    1. Thank you! If you're new to this/ not into gore, I recommend the Raven (also by him) as there is no blood or murder (as far as I can remember).

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  2. I've been wanting to read more Edgar Allen Poe for a while now, I just can't seem to find the time with all the other books I got to read lol
    Great review!

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

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    1. I know I've already said it, but The Raven is a perfect intro or reintroduction

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  3. I LOOOOVE Poe! Fabulous review Hannah. I'm so glad you liked it. :D :D

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