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Old 08-23-2017   #21
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

The Kolyma Tales by Shalamov. All of them. Beautiful and utterly hopeless.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

"Snapper" by Leonid Andreyev. Depressed me so greatly the first time I read it that I wrote a happy ending on the remaining blank space of the page following the original ending.

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

James Joyce's "The Dead" Dubliners, by James Joyce : The Dead
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

It isn't exactly a sad story, rather bittersweet, but I almos cried by the end of Ray Bradbury's The Rocket, collected in The Illustrated Man

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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

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It isn't exactly a sad story, rather bittersweet, but I almos cried by the end of Ray Bradbury's The Rocket, collected in The Illustrated Man
I like his story The Long Rain, +5 years after reading I still remember it vividly.

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

The one that immediately comes to mind is "A Dark Brown Dog" by Stephen Crane, which haunted my childhood even more than some of Hans Andersen did. For some reason I recalled it for decades as the work of Arthur Morrison and assumed it was from Tales of Mean Streets.
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

Mmm, I just remembered "San Diego Lightfoot Sue" by Tom Reamy.
Sad tale of the bargain, and the spell, gone awry.

Reamy died young, collapsing on his typewriter whilst working on a story.
He may be less remembered today.
For a brief surge in the 70s, his bittersweet tales stood apart from almost everything else from that heady period.
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The saddest short story I've ever read? The first one I wrote at the age of 14. Hands down the saddest.

No wonder I took a 40 year vacation.
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Re: What is the saddest short story you've ever read?

Carcinoma Angels sobering at least, at a young age

"suckers for posterity" aren't we all
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