Friday, January 22, 2010

"The Sniper." Liaam O'Flaherty

One-minute review: Civil war in Ireland. Two snipers battling it out on the rooftops. One is shot dead and falls to the street below. Badly wounded, the surviving sniper decides to see with whom he has been dueling. He goes to the street below and falls down beside the corpse as a machine gun tears up the street. He turns over the corpse and discovers that the other sniper was his brother.

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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