Classic: E.A. Poe The Angel of the Odd
- Author: E.A. Poe
- Title: The Angel of the Odd
- Published: 1844
- Audio book: 29 great short stories (16 hr)
- Narrator: Bob Thomley
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- A skeptic (narrator) does not believe coincidence can determine one’s fate.
- The Angel of the Odd wants to convince him he is wrong.
- After the narrator endures a series of “singular” events….he repents.
- Narrator (unnamed)
- Responding to an apparently absurd story in a newspaper,
- …complains about the contemptible hoaxing
- for the sake of providing interesting reading material.
- Irony: Poe complains about hoax stories….but he writes
- …them himself! The Angel of the Odd is just one example!
- The Angel of the Odd
- Speaks with a humorous German accent.
- The accent was easy to listen to but more difficult to read!
- Why does Poe use a German accent?
- Poe had a rather superficial knowledge of German culture.
- He kept mocking the mystical trend of German philosophy.
- Poe thought that the Germans are “ranting and raving”.
Setting: a den in disarray… similar to th state of mind of the narrator
Action: jumble of improbable misfortunes
- narrator falls asleep
- house burns down
- failed to renew insurance.
- two marriage proposals are rejected
- attemps suicide in a river
- a drunken crow steal his pants
- a hot air balloon saves his life
- and bottles of Krichenwasser knock sense into him!
- Is the angel a figment of the narrators imagination
- …a drunken hallucination?
- The narrator clearly thinks that he is real.
- The Angel of the Odd ironically does
- NOT protect the narrator…(guardian angel)
- …it CAUSES accidents.
- While listening to the audio version during my morning walk
- …I missed so much in the story.
- Perhaps I was not awake yet.
- The story came to life once I read it closely.
- Things that seem trivial are essential.
- What was Poe reading just before the angel appeared?
- Who are these authors?
- Is this just random list of books
- ….or did Poe purposely select them?
- The list includes three epic poems
- (the Leonidas, the Epigoniad, and the Columbiad)
- an American romance (Sicily)
- a travel book (Lamartine’s Voyage en Orient)
- a collection of literary gossip (Curiosities).
- Time to investigate….
- Trivia: the author of Sicily….once as literary editor
- …rejected Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” Oops!
- When I listened to the story I shrugged it
- off as a amusing but trivial piece of writing.
- Now that I have researched it…
- I appreciate Poe’s writing skills.
- Just 12 pages….but this is a bizarre story
- with many allusions to the reading list of books on page 1
- ….that should not be missed.
- I’ve started reading one of my Classic Club books:
- The Complete Short Stories by E.A. Poe. (29)
- I want to extend my stay with Poe whose genius is
- …unquestionable. These stories need to be
- read, digested and reviewed …one at a time.
- It will take many weeks to finish this book
- on my morning walks…a story a day!