Help me catch back up with our book of the month program and make it awesome! Wouldn't it be awesome if each month we have hundreds of people on this website reading the same book around the same time and chatting about it?!
I love this short story by Poe. It's one of his more famous ones and one that I've studied nearly every year in college. I think Poe's use of irony is great and he is such a detail oriented writer. I love it!
As an English teacher, I love that so many people remember reading this story in school. I teach it to my 9th graders, and they respond well to it. The irony and foreshadow are great - as in all of Poe's stories. I show an awesome "made for TV" movie version of this story, too. It stars John Hurd as Montressor. Definitely one of my favorite stories to teach.
In his famous work "the Art Of War" Sun Tzu recommends smilling and drinking wine with one's enemies. Another real thriller from Poe. I'm still tortured wondering what form of insult it was that so pricked the speaker's pride.
Poe is an experience to read for sure . . . I would advise anyone looking to really appreciate his works (particualy things like the "rue morgue" short story should read a little bit about the man . . .this would give you an insight in to why these works are so unusual.
I remember the first time I read Amontillado as a teen. The vicarious sense of impending doom with the laying of each brick raised goosebumps on my arms. The only other story to affect me that way was the 1937 short story Christ In Concrete by Pietro de Donato which was later expanded into a novel. The short story version also dealt with a slow and gruesome (accidental) death.
“I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I hit a book mark and flew across the room.” ― Steven Wright