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A Descent Into The Maelstrom

Auhtor: Edgar Allan Poe

Language: english
Published: 1841

Genres:

fiction,  horror,  short stories
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Review by A. Dent, August 2006


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Descent Into The Maelstrom':

Inspired by the Moskstraumen it is couched as a story within a story a tale told at the summit of a mountain climb. The story is told by an old man who reveals that he only appears old - You suppose me a very old man he says but I am not. It took less than a single day to change these hairs from a jetty black to white to weaken my limbs and to unstring my nerves. The narrator convinced by the power of the whirlpools he sees in the ocean beyond is then told of the old mans fishing trip with his two brothers a few years ago.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Descent Into The Maelstrom':


... greater than the well of Democritus. Joseph Glanville. We had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag. For some minutes the old man seemed too ...
... district of Lofoden. The mountain upon whose top we sit is Helseggen, the Cloudy. Now raise yourself up a little higher-hold on to the grass if you ...
... of foam became apparent where none had been seen before. These streaks, at length, spreading out to a great distance, and entering into combination, ...
... such an extent and depth, that if a ship comes within its attraction, it is inevitably absorbed and carried down to the bottom, and there beat to pieces ...
... struggles to disengage themselves. A bear once, attempting to swim from Lofoden to Moskoe, was caught by the stream and borne down, while he roared ...
... Norwegians, it nevertheless was not his own. As to the former notion he confessed his inability to comprehend it and here I agreed with him-for, however ...
... used to remain until nearly time for slack-water again, when we weighed and made for home. We never set out upon this expedition without a steady side ...
... enough to give us time to think about it. In less than a minute the storm was upon us-in less than two the sky was entirely overcast-and what with this ...
... this circumstance we should have foundered at once-for we lay entirely buried for some moments. How my elder brother escaped destruction I cannot say, ...
... not make out what he meant-but soon a hideous thought flashed upon me. I dragged my watch from its fob. It was not going. I glanced at its face by ...
... upon the surface of the surge. Her starboard side was next the whirl, and on the larboard arose the world of ocean we had left. It stood like a huge ...
... this act-although I knew he was a madman when he did it-a raving maniac through sheer fright. I did not care, however, to contest the point with him. ...
... with the immense sweeps and swelters of the whirl. Scarcely had I secured myself in my new position, when we gave a wild lurch to starboard, and rushed headlong ...
... moon seemed to search the very bottom of the profound gulf but still I could make out nothing distinctly, on account of a thick mist in which everything ...
... to me-although I have forgotten the explanation-how what I observed was, in fact, the natural consequence of the forms of the floating fragments-and ...
... the cask by means of the lashings which secured it to the counter, and precipitated myself with it into the sea, without another moment's hesitation. The ...
... was setting radiantly in the west, when I found myself on the surface of the ocean, in full view of the shores of Lofoden, and above the spot where ...
... Red Death, is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous ...
... (sometimes spelled The Casque of Amontillado) is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's ...
... for his tales of the macabre and mystery, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction ...