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Indysoda | 20:05 Sat 28th Nov 2020 | Arts & Literature
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Favorite short story ever read?

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The one that's attributed to Earnest Hemmingway, but the origin is actually disputed.

Hemmingway said he was challenged to write a story in six words, and the (disputed) story is -

For sale - baby's shoes - never worn.
shortest Oxford University exam response. Philosophy the exam....

Question: "What's the philosophy of being brave?"

Answer: "This is."
How short is 'short'?

If you'll accept a novella as a 'short story', then this might well qualify as my favourite:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Abbess_of_Crewe
One where they time travel back to when dinosaurs were alive. They’re told not to step of the hovering path but someone steps on a butterfly and when they return to the present, the alphabet is different. As a 12 year old it blew my mind. Don’t know the title.
My favorite is I think by Maupassant, and concerns a young woman who borrows an expensive necklace from a rich friend, loses it, borrows a fortune to have a copy made by the original posh jeweller, and spends most of her adult life in poverty trying to pay back the loan. Perhaps you can giuess the denouement.
Apparently it’s The Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. Isn’t the internet wunnerful?
I havent read him in a while but I used to like O Henry - The Monkeys Paw comes to mind.
Atheist, I had an English teacher at middle school who read us that story. She was a bit of an actress and put so much feeling in to it and I remember her sitting cross legged on the classroom floor reading it like it was yesterday.
Atheist. The ‘kicker’ to that story is when she takes the replacement to her mistress and she says something like ‘it was only paste, my dear. Virtually worthless’
My favourite is the first in a series of short stories in a collection called The Boy Who Cried Freebird - the author Mitch Myers is a good friend of mine.

The story concerns a blues fanatic who hears that there is a 'missing' Robert Johnson recording, just one song, and his efforts to find it - and the result when he does.

Reccomended.
Boule de Suif, by Guy de Maupassant.
Obviously cannot recall all of the short stories i have read but Stephen King's 'Graveyard Shift' stands out as one of the best.
The monkeys paw.
John Steinbecks - the Pearl - I really liked that story/novella
Of the many short stories by H E Bates (a master of the form) I have re-read three lots of times: The Lighthouse, The Kimono and The Four Beauties.
The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth. A lone jet pilot lost on his way home.
James Thurber's, 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.
For those who may not have heard of him, may I recommend the stories by H.H. Munro, an Edwardian author who wrote under the pen-name of Saki. They are dark and wickedly funny. They are probably out of print so you may have to visit a library when they eventually reopen.

Munro was called up in WWI. He refused a commission and rose to the rank of lance sergeant. He was killed in the trenches in 1916. His last words were apparently, "Put that bloody light out!" to a soldier who had lit a cigarette. Hearing the voice and seeing the flame a German sniper fired and shot Munro dead.
not a short story as such i guess, but its not a long book Kim by Rudyard Kipling.
The ghost stories of M R James are worth reading, especially at this time of year.

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