Week two of reading Edgar Allan Poe is now over, and I have been reading Ligeia. Here are my thoughts on it…
Like The Pit and the Pendulum, Ligeia felt a little claustrophobic to me, with much of the action happening in one room, but it seemed there was precious little action and very little actual plot.
Once again, there were some chilling moments, such as the description of the narrator’s wives as they descend into death, but overall, I felt the story was lacking in real thrills, or even slight shivers.
Poe’s writing is completely failing to grip me.
It has been suggested by Elinas (see the questions and comments HERE) that my ambivalence towards Poe’s writing might be because it is “old-fashioned”. (THanks for leaving comments, by the way, Ellinas!) Fair enough, most of the books I read are more modern, but I do occasionally read and enjoy classics, and I adored Dracula (Bram Stoker), Camilla (J Sheridan Le Fanu), and Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – all classic Gothic horror – and find them to be far more accessible in style. Poe’s use of language is just too flowery for my liking.
I wonder if I perhaps came to his works with my expectations raised to high and that has tainted my perception. With my expectations now considerably lowered, I hope I will enjoy this week’s choice a little more and perhaps it will give me the chill factor I’d so love.
I hope you will all join me in reading The Fall of the House of Usher.
If you’ve read along with me, I’d love to hear what you thought of Ligeia, so please leave a comment!