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Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Horror

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The book is divided into three sections: "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee," an assortment of over 100 fables; "Brief Seasons of Intellectual Dissipation," discussions between a fool and a philosopher, a doctor and a soldier, respectively; and "Divers Tales," 28 different stories of an eclectic nature, including The Grateful Bear, Dr. Deadwood, I Presume, Mrs. Dennison's Head, The book is divided into three sections: "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee," an assortment of over 100 fables; "Brief Seasons of Intellectual Dissipation," discussions between a fool and a philosopher, a doctor and a soldier, respectively; and "Divers Tales," 28 different stories of an eclectic nature, including The Grateful Bear, Dr. Deadwood, I Presume, Mrs. Dennison's Head, and Jim Beckwourth's Pond.


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The book is divided into three sections: "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee," an assortment of over 100 fables; "Brief Seasons of Intellectual Dissipation," discussions between a fool and a philosopher, a doctor and a soldier, respectively; and "Divers Tales," 28 different stories of an eclectic nature, including The Grateful Bear, Dr. Deadwood, I Presume, Mrs. Dennison's Head, The book is divided into three sections: "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee," an assortment of over 100 fables; "Brief Seasons of Intellectual Dissipation," discussions between a fool and a philosopher, a doctor and a soldier, respectively; and "Divers Tales," 28 different stories of an eclectic nature, including The Grateful Bear, Dr. Deadwood, I Presume, Mrs. Dennison's Head, and Jim Beckwourth's Pond.

30 review for Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Παύλος

    Δε λέω, φουλ χιουμοριστικό και με διάθεση να γίνει ο Αίσωπος του 20ου αιώνα. Αλλά μερικές ιστορίες παραήταν καμένες!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sucharita Biswas

    The moral stories are at their best told by Ambrose Bierce in his book Cobwebs from an Empty Skull. Some stories are creepy and some are told just as a moral for the readers. Although, the writer has mentioned the moral at the end of the story. But, for some of the stories we need to decide what the writer wants to convey. My personal favorite are the stories from Fables of Zambri, the Parsee. But, in my opinion I really enjoyed the stories and Ambrose Bierce fans should not miss this masterpiece The moral stories are at their best told by Ambrose Bierce in his book Cobwebs from an Empty Skull. Some stories are creepy and some are told just as a moral for the readers. Although, the writer has mentioned the moral at the end of the story. But, for some of the stories we need to decide what the writer wants to convey. My personal favorite are the stories from Fables of Zambri, the Parsee. But, in my opinion I really enjoyed the stories and Ambrose Bierce fans should not miss this masterpiece. Read full review on bibliophileverse.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Len Knighton

    There are some witty stories in this book but not enough for me to recommend it. It is not as nonsensical as my previous venture into Bierce fiction, but not far off. Two stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    The greek edition I possess includes only the "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee" and not the other two parts of the book. The Fables of Zambri are a wildly surreal Aesop-esque collection of short animal myths, some of which have a "moral" at the end, which might be "this fable teaches us no one can be sure of anything when conversing with bees", or "this fable teaches us so many and important things it would be a crime to mention only some of them". Bierce's irony and cynicism were probably way ahead The greek edition I possess includes only the "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee" and not the other two parts of the book. The Fables of Zambri are a wildly surreal Aesop-esque collection of short animal myths, some of which have a "moral" at the end, which might be "this fable teaches us no one can be sure of anything when conversing with bees", or "this fable teaches us so many and important things it would be a crime to mention only some of them". Bierce's irony and cynicism were probably way ahead of his time, but the truth is that while they are certainly not lost on a contemporary audience, an assortment of so many very short surreal tales is bound to be uneven. The wtf factor that prevails here is, expectedly, of the hit or miss variety and prevents this work (or the first section of it since I don't have the other two) from reaching greatness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nickolas the Kid

    Ο τίτλος του συγκεκριμένου βιβλίου είναι παραπλανητικός... Πιστεύει κανείς ότι μέσα στις σελίδες του θα βρει ανατριχιαστικές ιστορίες ή ιστορίες μυστηρίου. Αντι για αυτό όμως η συγκεκριμένη συλλογή απαρτίζεται από σκωπτικές, κωμικές και ελαφρώς μελαγχολικές ιστορίες με ζώα και ανθρώπους. Κάτι ανάμεσα από Αίσωπο και Όσκαρ Γουάιλντ! Όμως ο Μπηρς δεν είναι ούτε Αίσωπος ούτε Γουάιλντ, οπότε το αποτέλεσμα είναι ως επί το πλείστον χαζοχαρούμενο, γελοίο ή άτεχνο. Και βέβαια τα διδάγματα των μύθων είναι Ο τίτλος του συγκεκριμένου βιβλίου είναι παραπλανητικός... Πιστεύει κανείς ότι μέσα στις σελίδες του θα βρει ανατριχιαστικές ιστορίες ή ιστορίες μυστηρίου. Αντι για αυτό όμως η συγκεκριμένη συλλογή απαρτίζεται από σκωπτικές, κωμικές και ελαφρώς μελαγχολικές ιστορίες με ζώα και ανθρώπους. Κάτι ανάμεσα από Αίσωπο και Όσκαρ Γουάιλντ! Όμως ο Μπηρς δεν είναι ούτε Αίσωπος ούτε Γουάιλντ, οπότε το αποτέλεσμα είναι ως επί το πλείστον χαζοχαρούμενο, γελοίο ή άτεχνο. Και βέβαια τα διδάγματα των μύθων είναι αρκετές φορές αφελή... Δεν μπορώ όμως να πω ότι βαρέθηκα. Είναι διασκεδαστικός ο τρόπος γραφής και βέβαια αρκετές φορές γέλασα με τα σκωπτικά ηθικά διδάγματα... Αλλά μέχρι εκεί! 2,5 αστεράκια και ίσως κάποτε να τα κάνω 3! :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Soto

    I read this as part of Classic American Literature: 13 books by Bierce in a single file, improved 1/7/2011 [Kindle Edition]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Κωνσταντίνος Τσουρέκης

    Ο Αμερικάνος Αίσωπος. Κάποιες ιστορίες πολύ καλές, κάποιες άλλες αδιάφορες. Τα σημειώματα του μεταφραστή όλα τα λεφτά!

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