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Quote of the week:
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep." - William Shakespeare.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Recommendation of the Month: The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
for a wild moment, did my spirit refuse to comprehend the meaning of
what I saw. At length it forced— it wrestled its way into my soul—it
burned itself in upon my shuddering reason. —Oh! For a voice to
speak!—oh! Horror!—oh! Any horror but this!”
to say, Edgar Allan Poe excelled in bringing forth from the depths of
his unique imagination the most fascinating tales of horror and
suspense. His prodigious pen had the power to instill enough life and
vigor into its creations to keep any reader appalled and yet mesmerized
until the very last word.
One of his true masterpieces is The Pit and the Pendulum, the story of a man condemned to perish by the merciless hands of the inquisition.
barely able to recall the events leading to his most unfortunate
destiny, he suddenly wakes up in the midst of a gulf of darkness, yet
incapable of understanding the fiendish device his torturers might have
concocted to carry out his sentence.
a short while he finally realizes that death is not the worst fate that
can befall a human being, but it´s the inquisition´s dungeons and
lethal devices that embody a whole new sense of the horrifying.
particular story might not possess to its highest degree the
unmistakably poetical prose that makes the reading of Poe´s works a
unique experience. Nevertheless, The Pit and the Pendulum carries
within an extraordinary force capable of taking complete control of the
senses, leaving you amazed and dazzled much time after its denouement.
An utterly engrossing story you will definitely want to read over and over