Bon Bon is another interesting read from Poe, one that isn t quite a full two star rating but was close enough to be rounded up.
At first, I wasn t sure about this one It felt like one of those stories where we had unnecessary words and weren t quite getting to the point Then, when the discussion started, I found myself entertained The ending was sudden, but it fit right in with the story In other words, this one grew on me.
I wasn t crazy about Bon Bon, but it was another interesting Poe read.
To me, Pierre Bon Bon is interesting as a character because he s equal parts carnal and intellectual The descriptions of the devil really freaked me out in a good way especially when he takes of his spectacles I think showdown could have concluded better, but how would you expect it to end when you re dealing with satan Note Is the devil the narrator QuotesIf Pierre Bon Bon had his failings and what great man has not a thousand if Pierre Bon Bon, I say, had his failings, they were failings of very little importance faults indeed which, in other tempers, have often been looked upon rather in the light of virtues.
Eyes my dear Bon Bon eyes did you say oh ah I perceive The ridiculous prints, eh, which are in circulation, have given you a false idea of my personal appearance Eyes true Eyes, Pierre Bon Bon, are very well in their proper place that, you would say, is the head right the head of a worm To you, likewise, these optics are indispensable yet I will convince you that my vision is penetrating than your own There is a cat I see in the corner a pretty cat look at her observe her well Now, Bon Bon, do you behold the thoughts the thoughts, I say the ideas the reflections which are being engendered in her pericranium There it is, now you do not She is thinking we admire the length of her tail and the profundity of her mind She has just concluded that I am the most distinguished of ecclesiastics, and that you are the most superfluous of metaphysicians Thus you see I am not altogether blind but to one of my profession, the eyes you speak of would be merely an encumbrance, liable at any time to be put out by a toasting iron, or a pitchfork To you, I allow, these optical affairs are indispensable Endeavor, Bon Bon, to use them well my vision is the soul Another Poe story where the Devil makes a grand appearance It s a humorous story depending on how funny you think Poe is Me, not so much A restaurant owner is also a highly regarded philosopherAlthough, mark me, his doctrines were by no means very generally comprehended, still it did not follow that they were difficult of comprehension One drunken night he is accosted by the devil and they have a raucous back and forth with lots of witty quips I just don t appreciate Poe s humor I m dead inside to it Poe has done me in I ve tried to appreciate his writing, but the I read, the numb I become He s just not as interesting as I imagined he d be.
An original idea turning the expression food for thoughts into thoughts for food I enjoyed the discussion between Mr Bon Bon and the demon despite the quirky 19th century style Nice twist at the end.
This is exactly my type of humor Indeed why it was I who told Aristotle that by sneezing men expelled superfluous ideas through the proboscis Which is hiccup undoubtedly the case, said the metaphysician, while he poured out for himself another bumper of Mousseux, and offered his snuff box to the fingers of his visiter.
It s a clever satire of academic pretension as well as many prestigious philosophers, although I wasn t a fan of the ending Too forced of a joke Everything else, though, was hilarious.
The Devil comes to dinner, and the chief is on the menu I really enjoyed this story mostly because of the devil standing on his dignity at the end Not the conclusion you would expect.
A strange humorous tale what do you expect from Poe about a chef philosopher who has a drunken meeting with the devil and discusses the flavor of souls I just don t seem to get Poe s humor, although this tale is a bit better than his other attempts at humor that I ve read.