Review: The Cask of Amontillado

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The Cask of Amontillado Book Review
4+ of 5 stars to The Cask of Amontillado, a Gothic short story written in 1846, by Edgar Allan Poe. Perhaps one of my favorite of all Poe’s works, this literary genius stimulates one of everyone’s deepest and scariest fears: to be buried alive. Though there are several macabre options to consider, in this fantastic tale set in Italy, a man is buried alive behind a brick wall. Poe goes to great lengths to describe the process, the emotions and the setting. As a reader, you are entranced in the action, caring little about the characters or the reasons why it’s happening. You read each line in fear, wondering how it will all end.

What I love about Poe’s work is his ability to draw readers into a darkness that permeates all our senses. As you read the story, all five of your physical senses react to the vengeance plot he’s fabricated… from the damp and dank smell of the dirt to the scraping of the mortar against the bricks, your body will twist and turn at the thought of what lengths mankind will when they are angry and hurt.

Take a chance on this one… it’ll give you a great sense of who Poe was both as a writer and as a villain.

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18 thoughts on “Review: The Cask of Amontillado

    Stephanie said:
    May 27, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    I’m enjoying your Poe reviews. He’s always been my favorite of the Dark Romantic writers, especially since his works are quintessential to early American Gothic fiction. Admittedly, teaching Poe (along with Irving, Hawthorne, and to some extent Melville) is my favorite part of my early American lit class every year, and the students enjoy them so much more than reading William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet from the beginning of the semester (not that I blame them)!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 27, 2017 at 1:56 PM

      Oh, I remember those classes. I love Anne Bradstreet, tho. Poe was one of my favorites too. I wish I could do both Poe and his works proper justice in the reviews, but since I’m catching up on hundreds of prior read reviews, I’m giving myself ten minutes per review to spew out the basics. I’d love to get deeper… and might go back when I finish them all. Thanks for sharing!

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        Stephanie said:
        May 27, 2017 at 3:41 PM

        I personally love Anne Bradstreet too, but she can be a bit boring to some, especially her more religious poems. Her love poems seem to surprise them since she was a Puritan, especially the time she wrote them! I can’t blame them for being bored to death with William Bradford, I have to drink coffee by the pot just to grade assignments about him! If you delve deeper into Poe, I’ll look forward to reading them! 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM

        Aww… thanks and good luck with the coffee! I haven’t read much Bradford. I like Bradstreet’s “The Flesh and The Spirit.”

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        Stephanie said:
        May 27, 2017 at 3:58 PM

        If you haven’t read much Bradford, then I wouldn’t recommend it! Then you might need the coffee! Unless you want to read a very detailed (and boring) account about the how Plymouth Plantation was settled when the Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower. It’s an important piece of American lit and American history, but not one that’s “fun” reading. “The Flesh and The Spirit” is beautiful. My favorite has always been “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, but I’m a romantic, lol. Her alliteration and use of metaphor is wonderful!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 27, 2017 at 4:09 PM

        Totally agree on the verse and lyric styles! I am a genealogist, so I may like Bradford’s “documentary.”

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        Stephanie said:
        May 27, 2017 at 4:24 PM

        Then you definitely might! And I probably could be bored with it after reading/hearing it for almost 2 decades..2x a year! That does sort of make it redundant. I will say as someone who adores history (although more Western and World than American) that the first read is not that bad.There are some interesting and surprising parts in there, and the history of the first Thanksgiving is documented and not quite like we’re taught in school…or as I tell my students like the “Peanuts” version we all know and love! If you ever decide to read it, I do know there are free PDF versions of the journal available online!

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    Carissa Reads It All said:
    May 27, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    I just want to know how you read so dang much. I swear I’m getting about 20 emails a day notifying me about a new review from you lol.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 27, 2017 at 3:36 PM

      Yikes! If I read that much, I’d win an award for something. I usually read about 3 books per week. But for the months of May and June, I’m writing or updating existing Goodreads reviews and interfacing them over to I have everything on ThisIsMyTruthNow.

      You can tell a new read versus an old read by the length of the review and if there are any pics. If it’s currently, it’s a very detailed review. If it’s something I read in the past, I’m summarizing key things for folks who are interested. Should be done with all the older ones by mid June! 🙂

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    Emma's Library said:
    May 28, 2017 at 1:39 AM

    I remember reading this at school and really liking it. I’ve not read anything by Edgar Allan Poe since although I do want to discover some more of his works.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 28, 2017 at 6:45 AM

      I enjoy reading his books every so often. Since they are shorter, it is usually easier to get thru them in one day. Tell tale heart was a good one too.

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        Emma's Library said:
        May 28, 2017 at 9:44 AM

        Yeah. I’m always after shorter books so any of his should be ideal really.

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    Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
    May 28, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Love this! Poe was one of my favorite parts of Lit Classes during school. I recall a certain fondness for this particular title. Time to revisit soon 🙂

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    jennanicolee said:
    May 29, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    I absolutely adore E.A.P.! His works is so rich and dark yet beautifully poetic.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 29, 2017 at 8:19 AM

      Definitely. I almost wonder what he’d be writing now, nearly 200 years later..

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    jennanicolee said:
    May 29, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Are* phone likes to send things before I’m reading to press send haha.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 29, 2017 at 8:20 AM

      something’s gotta mess with us to keep our game on. I have a scrolling issue where I often send before I mean to!

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