Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"The Lost Soul." Ben Hecht.

One-minute review: A man about to be executed for a horrible murder loses his memory and has no idea who he is. When he sees that he has been led to the gallows, he screams, “This ain’t me!” Has the soul of the original murderer been taken from him and replaced by another’s soul? Was it all a hoax of a brilliant madman in hopes that officials wouldn’t hang a man who was unaware that he had committed a crime? Or did the madman really feel that it wasn’t the guilty man they were hanging? Split personality? The story of a man driven out of his senses prior to being hanged for a horrible crime.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961. These summaries do not do justice to the vividness of the stories. RayS.

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