Thursday, 5 March 2009

A heartfelt recommendation on the occasion of World Book Day

Apparently it is World Book Day. Franz has encouraged me to share with you a book of which I am especially fond, and so I have displayed The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Mr Edgar Allan Poe. It has always been a particular favourite of mine. I met Mr Poe on several occasions of course - but more of that another time. I need do no more to recommend it than quote the first words of the title page:

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.
Comprising the details of a mutiny and atrocious butchery on board the American brig Grampus on her way to the South Seas, in the month of June, 1827.

There are not nearly enough books about mutiny and atrocious butchery in my opinion.


  1. An absolutley fantastic story. the cover shown here looks wonderful

  2. Dear Mr Robber

    Thank you for your comment. How witty of your parents to name you Grave. Mr Poe's book is indeed, as you rightly say, 'fantastic'.

    The cover is the current Penguin paperback edition here in the UK and I wonder if it did not have some influence on the designers of Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror.

  3. Franz. One of the many mysteries of the world.

  4. Mr. Poe is indeed a stupendous writer. There is none I admire more.