About Classical Short Reads!!

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Re: About Classical Short Reads!!

Post by yadiels_mommy » 16 Jul 2013, 15:34

Hello everyone. Just thought I would share my two favorite short stories. They are The Gift of the Magi and The Story of an Hour. Hoping that you will find them as enjoyable as I have found them.

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Post by Doglover172013 » 03 Aug 2013, 18:32

I must admit that I love short stories.

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Post by Sam_Culmer » 06 Aug 2013, 10:31

Going to read some shorties now....excited!!! :D

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Post by southernphoenix79 » 11 Sep 2013, 23:57

I ran across a treasure trove last night on epubbooks. I downloaded over 120 for free. I am a kid in a candy store right now!

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Post by Totoro » 02 Oct 2013, 12:10

Everynight our family tries to sit together and read. We usually have read chapter books, or sometimes seasonal poetry. I love the idea of finding some short stories. Time to find some Poe and Saki. Feel free to post any other suggestions, I am mining a few other ideas from this thread. Our children are 10 and 13, so nothing super scary or over PG-13 in content. Thanks!
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Post by PeterQ » 09 Oct 2013, 20:32

The story "Aand P" by John Updike has numerous dramatic interpretations on YOu Tube by students!

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Post by ardent70 » 14 Nov 2013, 11:42

I love the Casting of the Runes by M. R. James and I am curious about what others think of it.

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Post by TheReadingBird » 12 Dec 2013, 20:29

When I was in high school we read a short story called What Men Live By written by Leo Tolstoy. It's about an angel that is banished to earth until he learns three truths: What dwells in man, What is not given to man,and What men live by. I read it over ten years ago and every now and then I am still reminded of this poignant story. I was wondering if anyone else had read it and what their thoughts were?

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Post by Nathrad Sheare » 01 Jan 2014, 03:57

Has anyone here read an engrossing short story by the brilliant nineteenth and early twentieth century authoress, Willa Cather? I can easily and unreservedly say that it's one of the best classic shorts I've ever read. If anyone is interested, here's a place where the story can be read online:

http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/Ca ... s-Case.htm

It's a character study, and one that really gets to the heart of the desire for beauty and purpose in life. Paul is a high school student who can't stand living at home or, really, anywhere else but the opera. He runs away to New York to fulfill his dream to be surrounded by everything exquisite, a dream that has for years manifested itself on his person in the form of a red carnation flower, which everyone else takes as some kind of mockery of authority. Unfortunately, the means he has to achieve what he wants most runs out, and the threat of outside forces to destroy the beautiful possibilities he's conceived forever sends him over a railway platform's edge. It's a captivating third- person narrative that reads smoothly and really hits the spot hard for any reader who can't get enough of that good old tragic style the world once loved. Hope you all like it! Happy reading!
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Post by srittyx3 » 03 Jan 2014, 14:09

Great short stories. Scarlet Ibis was my favorite here so far.

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Post by suzy1124 » 09 Jan 2014, 06:52

Woody Allen, "Side effects "...............Eudora Welty, a great southern writer, Guy De Maupassant," The Necklace ", John Cheever ( aka " the Chekhov of the Suburbs ) " The Wapshot Chronicle "....
" We don't see things as they are but as we are "

Carpe Diem!

Suzy...

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Post by pooja_1999 » 09 Feb 2014, 18:32

I like the short story, "The Vedlt"

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Post by Nathrad Sheare » 11 Feb 2014, 03:35

Anyone ever read this one?

For Sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

Yup, that's an entire story. It was written by Earnest Hemmingway, who won money on a bet that he couldn't write a story in six words. Interesting, isn't it?
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Post by Fran » 11 Feb 2014, 10:55

Nathrad Sheare wrote:Anyone ever read this one?

For Sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

Yup, that's an entire story. It was written by Earnest Hemmingway, who won money on a bet that he couldn't write a story in six words. Interesting, isn't it?
One of our bookshops, in conjunction with a Sunday newspaper, has been running a weekly competition based on the
phenomenon of the Hemmingway six word story. Some very interesting & thought provoking entries each week, amazing how much can be packed into 6 little words.
We fade away, but vivid in our eyes
A world is born again that never dies.
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Post by Nathrad Sheare » 12 Feb 2014, 00:47

Ever tried it? Writing a six- word story? Sounds like it would be a delight to experiment with.
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