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At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive…
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At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition (Modern Library… (1936 original; edició 2005)

de H. P. Lovecraft (Autor), China Mieville (Introducció)

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Introduction by China Miéville Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries–and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization–is a milestone of macabre literature. This exclusive new edition, presents Lovecraft’s masterpiece in fully restored form, and includes his acclaimed scholarly essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature.” This is essential reading for every devotee of classic terror.… (més)
Membre:ToddSherman
Títol:At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition (Modern Library Classics)
Autors:H. P. Lovecraft (Autor)
Altres autors:China Mieville (Introducció)
Informació:Modern Library (2005), Edition: Definitive Ed, 224 pages
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Valoració:*****
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At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition de H. P. Lovecraft (1936)

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Despite our speed, they were very slow in gaining prominence; hence we knew that they must be infinitely far off, and visible only because of their abnormal height. Little by little, however, they rose grimly into the western sky; allowing us to distinguish various bare, bleak, blackish summits, and to catch the curious sense of phantasy which they inspired as seen in the reddish antarctic light against the provocative background of iridescent ice-dust clouds. In the whole spectacle there was a persistent, pervasive hint of stupendous secrecy and potential revelation; as if these stark, nightmare spires marked the pylons of a frightful gateway into forbidden spheres of dream, and complex gulfs of remote time, space, and ultra-dimensionality. I could not help feeling that they were evil things—mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.

It is maybe the perfect encapsulation of my frustration with Lovecraft that he kept typing for one more useless sentence after that delicious description. The man was an awful writer. And this story does suffer from all his tics: The use of his own Mythos as a crutch. Latching onto other authors and artists instead of telling his own story. The word 'Cyclopean', which I would pay money to never see in print again (but hey I have more Lovecraft to read so not happening). And we've gone from never seeing the horror to plopping really unlikely xenothropological treatises on their homes and gardens into the middle of the action. Not to mention garish, hard to visualize but so very exact descriptions of alien biology. And yet. Yet. Here, in the midst of this unlikely wander across Antarctica, right in the height of an actually really nail biting passage, something truly transcendent happens. Something that rose up out of Lovecraft's whole edifice of works so far and simply took my breath away. Lovecraft, who hated everything that is not white and patrician and New English, who could hardly stand to look at people who are not exactly like himself, allows his protagonist one moment of perfect empathy with the Other. (Mind you, I don't know if this moment will have the same impact for someone who hasn't just slogged through the three quarters of the man's work that was written before this story, but I suspect it will still work.) This, along with the protagonist's genuine love for his companions, and the especially poignant portraits of Lake and Danforth, combine to lift this short work into something almost sublime. I really don't recommend you read much Lovecraft, but this one is worth your time. I'm off to look for a good audio performance. I read the last couple of sections aloud and it really enhanced the experience, I think.

(Freebie: Since I already had to look it up, here is one of the paintings Lovecraft thought everyone ought to see:)


"Crossroad of Christ and Buddha" by Nicholas Roerich

Reviewed September 16, 2017. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I'm torn- do I give it a 5 for depicting the details of a bizarre and foreign civilization whose existence renders humanity as nothing more than a insignificant modern blip, or a 1 for having that civilization be such a heavy-handed racist metaphor? ( )
  waveBidder | Dec 14, 2020 |
One of the better HPLs, atmospheric, measured, and creepy, and mostly lacking his more lamentable traits.

Bloody Reads discussion notes: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/03/bloody-reads-at-mountains-of-madness... ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
Lovecraft as usual driving people insane with the mundane mixed with the unmasking of the unknown. ( )
  sami7 | Aug 3, 2020 |
I discovered the Serial Reader app this month and have been reading some classics through it and have been enjoying them. I was ultimately disappointed with this one though. But I did like how the suspenseful atmosphere was built and the writing. I have never read this author before and I am glad to have finally read something by him. But I think I prefer the older classic sci-fi authors like Wells and Verne to Lovecraft. They had the atmosphere, the writing, and a good story. ( )
  twinkley | Jul 18, 2020 |
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Introduction by China Miéville Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries–and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization–is a milestone of macabre literature. This exclusive new edition, presents Lovecraft’s masterpiece in fully restored form, and includes his acclaimed scholarly essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature.” This is essential reading for every devotee of classic terror.

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