So, my first week of reading Edgar Allan Poe is over and I have finished reading The Pit and the Pendulum. Here are my thoughts on it…
Poe is very good at relating the feeling of claustrophobia; it was very easy to put myself in that pit and feel the walls closing in on me, but I found his style rather verbose. I don’t know if it’s because I read the story in installments, but it felt like the story could have been told just as effectively in half the words. By the end, I was tiring of the tale a little, but it seemed to end very abruptly, which annoyed me somewhat.
I found some elements very chilling (the thought of getting the rats to do their work was rather nasty, despite the fact that I rather like rodents), but by modern standards, I found it a tad tame.
Overall, though, I enjoyed my first foray into Poe’s work and am looking forward to starting the second on my list – Ligeia.
If you’ve read along with me, I’d love to hear what you thought of The Pit and the Pendulum, so please leave a comment!