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This is Poe's one (unfinished) novel, a strange tale of adventure and hardship on the high seas. With the help of his friend Augustus, young Pym stows away on the Grampus, which is almost immediately subject to a brutal mutiny. Violence and terrible storms leave Arthur, Augustus, a few others stranded on the floating wreckage of the ship for weeks on end. Attempts to retrieve edible materials from locked quarters below the waterline, and a little cannibalism, enable a couple men to survive until rescue by the Jane Guy.
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That ship is headed for Antarctica, to find a route that will come closest to the South Pole. Far beyond where any Western ship has gone, the crew of the Jane Guy make contact with friendly primitives who turn murderously treacherous. Though most of his shipmates are slaughtered, Pym does everything he can to stay alive and escape.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   sailor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   water adventure

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean    -   South Pole Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   lifeboat    -   lost at sea    -   feeding sharks

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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