Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday's Forgotten Books, September 15, 2017









Forgotten Stories

THE STORY OF AN HOUR, Kate Chopin

This is a very short story that is discussed, filmed and anthologized repeateldy if you google it. You can read it right here.
A woman with a heart condition is brought news about the crash of a train that her husband was traveling on. She sits looking out the window, going through various stages of grief and ending up in an unexpected place. I won't tell you how it ends but you might suspect it. A bit of an O' Henry ending but beautifully written and making the interesting observation that we don't always know ourselves well. If you go to You Tube you can see many student productions of it. It must be often assigned.

Sergio Angelini, PAST TENSE, Margot Kinberg
Yvette Banek, THE HOUSE AT SEA'S END, Elly Griffiths. 
Elgin Bleecker, Final Jeopardy, Linda Fairstein
Brian Busby, TEN DUSTY FAVORITES FROM THE DUSTY BOOKCASE
Bill Crider, THE IOWA BASEBALL CONSPIRACY, W. P. Kinsella
Martin Edwards, MURDER MARS THE TOUR, Mary Fit
Curt Evans, BUFFONERY: MURDER AT LIBERTY HALL, Alan Clutton-Brock
Richard Horton,  Bow Down to Nul, by Brian W. Aldiss/The Dark Destroyers, by Manly Wade Wellman
Jerry House, THE WIND LEANS WEST, August Derleth 
George Kelley,  DAVID FALKAYN: STAR TRADER,  Poul Anderson
Margot Kinberg, THE DAWN PATROL, Don Winslow
B.V. Lawson, THE MOONSHINE WAR, Elmore Leonard
Evan Lewis, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, Ian Fleming
Steve Lewis/William Deeck, NO MATCH FOR THE LAW, Osmington Mills
Todd Mason, NOSTALGIC RAMBLE
Neer, LOST AMONG THE LIVING, Simone St.James
Scott Parker, THE SUN RISES WEST,  Oscar J. Friend
Matt Paust, THE AWAKENING, Kate Chopin
James Reasoner, THE EMPIRE OF DOOM, John Peter Drummond
Kevin Tipple, DICE ANGEL, Brian Rouff
TomCat, NO KILLER HAS WINGS, Joel Hoffman
TracyK, BUSMAN'S HOLIDAY, Dorothy Sayers








15 comments:

S. D. Parker said...

I am participating today: "The Sun Rises West" by Oscar J. Friend. http://scottdparker.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-sun-rises-west-by-oscar-j-friend.html

Mathew Paust said...

To whom it may concern: Patti and I did not conspire to feature two works by Kate Chopin this week. Cosmic convergence, no doubt. You must trust me on this!

Yvette said...

Mine is up, Patti. Running ragged these days. Backwards and forwards. :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, Kate Chopin! I haven't read her work in a while, and I should remedy that. Thanks for the reminder - and for including my post!

Mathew Paust said...

Same sensibility in the story as in the novella. Less controversial, I suppose, because of the absence of adulterous thoughts. Yet the narcissistic impulse comes thru as strong. The writing itself in each is marvelous. Chopin's career plummeted in Awakening's scandalous wake. She tried to recoup by feigning convention in further work. Unsuccessfully, alas.

Todd Mason said...

You could list mine as Nostalgic ramble in retreat from the misery of geniuses...which runs almost as long:

THE COMPLETE [sic] HUMOROUS SKETCHES AND TALES OF MARK TWAIN edited by Charles Neider (Doubleday 1961); STORIES OF MARK TWAIN, recorded by Walter Brennan and Brandon de Wilde (Caedmon Records 1956); OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE FANTASTICS/FANTASTIC LITERATURE by Michael Resnick (House of Collectibles 1976)

neer said...

This is a fantastic story, Patti. I clearly remember the twist in the end. Thanks for including my post though the author's surname is St. James and not St. Paul.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Whoops. Thanks

pattinase (abbott) said...

Matt, you are a true scholar.

Mathew Paust said...

Just curious, Patti.

TracyK said...

Thanks for including my post, Patti. And pointing out the short story by Kate Chopin. A fantastic story and the ending took me by surprise.

Mathew Paust said...

I can't find the link to Yvette's review. Is my laptop rebelling?

Mathew Paust said...

Never mind, I found it in your blog list (actually, she's in my blog list, too--this has been a strange week).

pattinase (abbott) said...

It disappeared but I redid it.
Glad you liked the story, Tracy.

Mathew Paust said...

Tks, Patti. ;)