Monday, February 4, 2013

What I'm Reading: The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allen Poe

Source: Loudlit (Edgar Allen Poe, 1846)
Date read: 2/4/13
Briefly: A man seeks revenge on an old friend for "a thousand injuries" he committed against him.

Afterthoughts: Ben was assigned to read this short story for English, so we listened to it together. Not being a big fan of horror, this is not something I'd ordinarily seek out. That said, though, it was deliciously creepy. Poe uses the setting of Carnival time in Italy, during which the protagonist, Montresor, lures a "friend" into the catacombs underneath his villa on the pretense of sampling some fancy Spanish sherry (Amontillado). Montresor has a scheme in mind, and by the end of this story, you'll be unlikely to follow any friends into the depths of their personal catacombs.

Apparently a short film was made of the this story in 2011.

Notable quotes: (The protagonist begins:) "Come, we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchesi --"
"Enough, the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough."

What else I'm reading:
I'm still working on the last two chapters of Flight Behavior. Also, Little Women, with Evan! So much fun to revisit this book I haven't read since I was, probably, ten? Evan was put off by the title at first, and he thinks there are too many sisters to keep track of, and it's awful thick! But overall he's enjoying it.

Find out what others are reading today at Book Journey's "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?"


  1. I've actually never read anything by Poe, which is something I should probably change. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Cask of Amontillado!

  2. I went through a huge Poe phase in high school, and worked my way through his complete works. The Cask of Amontillado doesn't stand out as one of my favourites, but still a classic.

  3. Evan is a better soul than I--I just can't seem to make myself finish Little Women. *sigh* But The Cask of Amontillado--that I liked! Annie and I read during a short story unit a few years ago, too. :)

  4. I love Poe.. but I have not read this book so definitely adding it to my list..
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  5. I have not read this and your description is intriguing! Thanks~ Happy reading this week :)

  6. It's been many decades since I've tried Poe and I don't think this is one of the ones I read. I might enjoy it.

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