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Gnosco: Short Stories (For Those Long Days)

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For this week, I will be writing about short stories. Because of short stories’ briefer nature, I will be providing more of a list-type post of multiple short stories with a very short summary of each, so not to give away too much of the stories itself before they are read. Here we go!

“Poison” By Roald Dahl. Dahl is possibly best known for his dark-tinged children’s literature, but he was also a great writer of short stories and adult stories as well (some of his stories were definitely not meant for children). In this story, the main character faces a sticky situation with a very, very venomous snake. Read it here.

“The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. This is a heavy reading piece, on the longer end of the “short story” in my opinion. The kind of piece that is read for a philosophical meaning, the best way i can describe it’s feel is that it was struck from the reading list in my Literature class for being “too long and too Russian” (words of the teacher, not me). An enjoyable, yet almost depressing read about a man that awakes to find himself transformed into a giant bug. Read it here.

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This story is reminiscent of a slice of orange – at first it’s sweet enough, and then you bite too far and that bitterness hits. The story starts with a picture of an average small town in the summer (the kind people can relate to) and ends with a strange, stinging truth for its inhabitants that shocks the reader back to earth. Read it here.

“The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs. This is probably the point where I should apologize for all these stories being a little creepy/weird. This one takes the cake. It’s worth a read and re-read. This is a classic story featuring a magical object (guess what it is) and getting what you wish for… Read it here.

“A Dark Brown Dog” by Stephen Crane. This is a sad one, and although I don’t like to spoil anything, I want to be fair to animal lovers and give the warning that the dog dies in the end. However, it is an odd little portrayal of a simple dog and a child, and it is nice because of that. Read it here.

Enjoy!

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