Monday, May 08, 2017

Reader's Diary #1589- Heikki Hietala: Lord Stanton's Horse

I'm not usually a fan of war stories, but I can certainly be patient enough for a war-themed flash fiction.

What keeps Heikki Hietala's "Lord Stanton's Horse" compelling, even for non-fans of war stories, is the tension created by the withholding of information. In the story, a soldier is recounting a battle to a woman named Emily. She wants to know what happened to a man named Charles, yet the soldier seems more interested in discussing horses. The reason becomes clear.

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