Monday, November 12, 2018

Reader's Diary #1955- Benjamin Paige: A Soldier's Short Story of Battle

Sometimes we have no way of knowing how accurate an author got it. There's some trust involved but the author must also make it feel authentic.

Such was the case with Benjamin Paige's "A Soldier's Short Story of Battle." Not having been at war myself, I could only compare Paige's story of a soldier surveying a battle scene and quickly recounting the events that led him here before charging to places I've been (Vimy Ridge) and countless war movies, tv shows, and books I've seen. But even then it's the way Paige describes the soldier's thinking process that sold the story for me, that made it ring true.

Making this feat even more incredible was that Benjamin Paige was only 11 years old when he wrote this 7 years ago in Alberta.

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