Five Short Stories: #Journey of a #Hero, #True #Love, #Impossible Love, A #Woman (wronged) at #War & #Peace

“What you are depends on the stories you read.” Five must-read stories are told: Journey of a Hero, True Love, Impossible Love, A Woman at War & lastly, Peace.

Who is a hero/heroine? Answer: Anyone who does something requiring courage, bravery, disregarding one’s own personal safety. Could someone be a hero/heroine without even being aware of their actions? Maybe, but in the end, the reader must decide who, or rather, if the story has a true, hero/heroine. Yet the journey, a quest if you will, for riches, wealth, and power, will be undertaken.

True Love is a love that conquers all obstacles to be together, and in this second story, there will be a seemingly unconquerable obstacle. Our hero will risk everything for the woman he loves, but will it be enough?

Impossible Love, we know this story well, for have we all not loved? Under circumstances when it would have been the wiser course of action not to have loved? Impossible Love is not bound by the dictates of reason and logic, as we shall see in the third story.

In the fourth story, when love does not live anymore, then it must be WAR, and there is no war more terrifying, than when it is a wronged Woman At War, as we shall see in the ageless story of love, war and vengeance handed down to us by the Roman historian Tacitus.

In the final story, we seek PEACE, and a seemingly innocent hero, unaware of anything except the present moment, must make a choice, a final decision, with the fate of the Earth unknowingly hanging in the balance. Will it be the right choice?

Read this book to find out the surprising answer…

Attitudes to the Short Story

“I like to read short stories and I like to write short stories. The connection is obvious.”
~ Thomas Jerome Baker

“A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” ~ Stephen King

“[The short story creates] a vivid realization for the reader of that which moved the author to write, be it incident, be it emotion, be it situation…. thus the art of the short story becomes as much an art of tone as of incident.”
~ H. S. Canby

“The first necessity for the short story…is necessariness. The story, that is to say, must spring from an impression or perception pressing enough, acute enough to have made the writer write.” ~ Elizabeth Bowen

“The short-story writer knows that he can’t proceed cumulatively, that time is not his ally. His only solution is to work vertically, heading up or down in literary space.” ~ Julio Cortazar

“The real challenge is to pull as much of life as a story can bear into the fewest possible pages: to produce, if possible, that hallucinatory point in which time past and time future seems to co-exist with time present, that hallucinatory point which to me defines the good or great short story…”
~ Maurice Shadbolt

“The essence of the short story is to isolate, to portray the individual person, or moment, or scene in isolation…detached from the great continuum…at once social and historical…. the short story is a natural form for the presentation of a moment whose intensity makes it seem outside the ordinary stream of time, or the significance is outside the ordinary range of experience.” ~ Wendell Harris

“I see today a new art of narration, a novel literature and category of belles-lettres, dawning upon the world. And this new art and literature–for the sake of the individual characters in the story, and in order to keep close to them and not be afraid–will be ready to sacrifice story itself…. The literature of individuals is a noble art, a great earnest and ambitious human product. But it is a human product. The divine art is the story. In the beginning was the story…. Within our whole universe the story only has authority to answer the cry of heart of its characters, that one cry of heart of each of them: ‘Who am I?'”
~ Isak Dinesen

“What you are today and what you will become in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Twyla Tharp

http://amzn.to/19FUbft “A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” ~ Stephen King

“The first necessity for the short story…is necessariness”
~ Elizabeth Bowen”

“The short-story writer knows that he can’t proceed cumulatively, that time is not his ally.” ~ Julio Cortazar

“The real challenge is to pull as much of life as a story can bear into the fewest possible pages…” ~ Maurice Shadbolt

“The essence of the short story is to isolate, to portray the individual person, or moment, or scene in isolation..” ~ Wendell Harris

“I see today a new art of narration…The divine art is the story. In the beginning was the story…. Within our whole universe the story only has authority to answer the cry of heart of its characters, that one cry of heart of each of them: ‘Who am I?'”
~ Isak Dinesen

“I like to read short stories and I like to write short stories. The connection is obvious.” ~ Thomas Jerome Baker

“What you are today and what you will become in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Twyla Tharp

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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