Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Lunchtime Read: Selected Short Stories

Just as the introduction leads you to expect these are stories that set things up and allow the reader to make a judgement. Are the characters good or bad? Or even clever or stupid? That’s for the reader to decide.

Overseasoned
A man travelling with a peasant to a remote district is so worried about being attacked he makes up a story not just about having three guns but also being followed by policemen. The peasant driver is so frightened he runs off into the woods and the passenger has to shout out for hours until he returns and they continue on their journey

The Night Before Easter
A man visiting a monastery is taken over on a ferry by Jerome a layman who has just experienced the loss of his best friend who was one of the few monks who could read and write but he is kept away from the Easter celebrations because no one relives him on the boat and on the return journey he stares at a woman’s face reminding him of the friend he has lost

At Home
A lawyer comes home to find his seven-year-old son has been in his study and smoked some of his tobacco. Attempts to reason with him fail until he tells a fairy story where the main character is a boy who smokes and dies from consumption and as a result the boy swears never to do it again and the lawyer learns about talking to a child in their own language

Champagne
A man and his wife have saved up their champagne until new year’s eve but as he goes to open the bottle it drops and the wife says to drink from it will be bad luck. But the husband questions what could happen but then a relative arrives who breaks up his marriage and leads to him losing his home – the bad luck he never saw coming

2 comments:

Rob said...

I've noticed from my statistics that most readers of my free online short stories and online novels visit my sites during the working day.

However, most don't seem to search for 'coffee break stories' or 'lunch break stories' as far as I can see.

I was wondering if you had any views on when these people are reading the free online stories.

simon quicke said...

I post a lunchtime read up partly because it is a great discipline to keep reading and also because it encourages me to read short stories, which I have ignored over the years, and it is a perfect tonic to what can be a really dull day. Traffic stats seem to suggest that there is no peak but it helps to keep it going if something is posted.