December 22, 2013 by aoifebrennan
From the opening of The Cougar Diaries, Book III only 99c
‘It’s like Edgar Allan Poe and his novel about Arthur Gordon Pym,’ said George.
‘I don’t remember that one,’ I said. ‘I only remember the one about being locked in the coffin.’
‘It’s Poe’s only full length novel but it was dissed by the critics,’ said George. ‘Poe called it a silly book at the time although it was supposed to have inspired Herman Melville afterwards. In the novel, there were four survivors of a shipwreck in an open boat.
As they ran out of food, they drew lots and killed and ate the cabin boy called Richard Parker. Poe said it was based loosely on reality, and it was. But this reality hadn’t happened – yet. For some sixty years later a boat called the Mignonette floundered with only four survivors left in an open boat. Eventually the three senior members killed and ate the cabin boy, whose name was also Richard Parker.’
‘Spooky,’ I said.