Monday, August 31, 2020

Reader's Diary #2192- Joan Baril: The Snail House

 I don't typically read creative non-fiction pieces for Short Story Mondays, but I read this one before noticing and honestly it felt like a short story so I've decided to include Joan Baril's "The Snail House" anyway.

It involves a camping trip in Northern Ontario to visit a bizarre snail-shaped house where a hermit lived and mysteriously died years before. It's very descriptive, well-paced, and felt almost like a horror story, especially with the description of the abnormal number of mosquitoes (even for northern Ontario). Had it been an actual short story, I'd have liked the mosquitoes to have tied back into the death of the hermit, but otherwise, a very entertaining piece.


1 comment:

Dale said...

Lately I've been looking for more things to read so I have a feeling I'll be checking your blog out a bit more, it's only been years now. It's interesting that the only other time I heard the name "Baril" was when I was 6 years old. It was the name of a kindly priest I had occasion to meet. That seems reason enough to check this out.