The Man Who Was Poe

The Man Who Was Poe

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In Providence, R.I., in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe reluctantly investigates the problems of eleven-year-old Edmund, whose sister has mysteriously disappeared and whose story suggests a new Poe tale with a ghastly final twist.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2013, c1989
ISBN: 9780545505239
0545505232
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 20 cm

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amanminhas
Jul 31, 2014

This book was quite....different than the other mystery stories I've ever read. This was, in a way, a frightening book, but the incidents, as well as the behavior of the characters were very true in the real life. Mr Dupin, or Edgar Allen Poe, is a mysterious character in this book who is only with the intention of finding a good story to write. On the other hand, Edmund is grieved by the disappearance of his sister, and puzzled by the absence of his mother and his aunt. I'd say that this book is viewed by two different perspectives: one by Edmund who only wants to find his family, and Edgar Allen Poe (AKA Dupin) wants to meet a rich widow named Mrs. Whiteman, along with the desire to watch a live story take place right before his eyes. With the help of an alcoholic (which he partially distrusts), Edmund finally is able to put all the mystery pieces together and finds his mom. The surprising fact that amused me was that Edmund's mother and his aunt were twin sisters, and were hard to tell one from the other. I would rate this book, on a scale of 1 to 10 an 8 because the overall plot line was intriguing, but there was hardly and moments of mirth in between the scenes, as it was quite gloomy. I had a sense of relief only after Edmund found his mother, as I felt a little bit sorry for Edmund as the pain and sorrow he was going through was quite unbearable and shocking for and ordinary eleven - year old boy who only wanted his family back. Overall, great job AVI !

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gblaise16
May 27, 2012

This seems really interesting!!! can;t wait to read it!! I LUV AVI and Edgar ALLEn POE!

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amanminhas
Jul 31, 2014

In this story, a boy named Edmund is living with his sister, waiting for the arrival of their Aunty Pru. It is a gloomy night, and Edmund is in charge. An argument arouses between Sis and Edmund for the sake of food. Not being able to bear his sister's grief, Edmund sets out to get food for his sister, despite his aunt's warning to never go out anywhere without her permission. As Edmund gets delayed by an old man, Edmund returns home to find his sister missing. As Edmund is shocked with exasperation, he finds a man by the name of Dupin to finally help Edmund, but with a price - to deliver a message. As Edmund does as ordered, the stranger and Edmund return home. As Edmund answers questions to Dupin's mysterious questions, the stranger vows to solve Edmund's mystery. Together collecting clues from everywhere in Providence, Dupin solves and reveals many unknown facts to Edmund. After a mystery about to face its end along with an intriguing story, Dupin's own life's mysteries are surprisingly revealed and connected to Edmund, when Dupin immediately abandons Edmund.

whiteshadow13 Apr 03, 2012

In Providence, R.I., in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe reluctantly investigates the problems of eleven-year-old Edmund, whose family has mysteriously disappeared and whose story suggests a new Poe tale with a ghastly final twist.

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mauve_falcon_4 Jun 25, 2012

mauve_falcon_4 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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