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A Great Collection
on 27 December 2016
The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe is a great addition, having all his work in one place to browse through at will is fantastic, all the tales of the supernatural and horror are here including ‘The Pit and the Pendulum which is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though none of this is based on historical fact. The narrator describes his experience of being tortured. The story inspires fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, authenticating its reality in many ways.
This is an unusual story from Poe when compared to some of his other stories, the narrator’s descriptions are more objectively valid—that is, less concerned with proving the narrator’s own sanity than with relaying the elements of his incarceration. The story is also unusual among Poe’s tales because it is hopeful. Hope is manifest in the story not only in the resolution of the tale, but also in the tale’s narrative strategy. The narrator maintains the capacity to recount faithfully and rationally his surroundings while also describing his own emotional turmoil.