“The Gold Bug” by Edgar Allan Poe Review

Believing William Legrand to have gone insane following an insect bite, his friend initially decries his quest for gold as the ramblings of a madman. Yet when Legrand’s conviction fails to waiver, they set off on a bizarre journey, accompanied by Jupiter, Legrand’s loyal and equally skeptical servant. What follows is a strange tale of coded messages, hidden treasure, and uncanny prophecy that will both enthrall and baffle even the most perceptive readers.

It wasn’t the best Edgar Allan Poe story which we can find. But it is the best treasure hunting stories ever written. 

The characters here are oh boy. The main character which is William Legrand is actually pretty well written. But his servant is written the most stereotypical black character style which you can possible imagine. We can say that his character didn’t age well.

If you keep in mind that this story was written before Civil War, where slaves and all that were legal. Then you will see that this story is actually pretty good. And you will also see that this story is a pretty fun and enjoyable adventure story.

This story needs to get points for involving treasure maps, ciphers, pirate gold and buried treasure. Which every adventure book fan will more or less appreciate.

This story also needs to get points for the moody and gothic vibe to it which every horror, mystery, adventure fan will appreciate no matter if they are 10 years old or 80 years old.

Edgar Allan Poe manages in this story to make you unsettled describing the most basic aspects of everyday life.

The writing style is brilliant. The writing style in this story is so good that it makes you feel that you are a part of the story which you read. 

I give this story 3 / 5

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