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Category Archive for 'Burning Bright'

Dead Confederates

I like that this story started off with the ending, but not what I thought was going to happen. It makes it seem that the narrator killed him, but come to find out that’s not what happened.  The voice in this story was confusing for me to follow at first, but it got easier for […]

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Rash, “Back of Beyond”

This story is a lot less appealing to me than “Hard Times” was. Probably because it has a lot less of a wow factor, however, it is a still interesting in theory. The first thing I notice about Rash’s stories is that he introduces the main character instantly.  As the first sentence in “Hard Times” […]

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Hard Times

I felt as though I knew how this story would end the minute it began. In “Hard Times,” the author examines the tradeoff between what is perceived as “right” and what is best. In every scene, the victims of the Great Depression are forced to make the difficult choices that dictate their survival. We see […]

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Hard Times

I think I have read this story before.  The scene were the dog gets its throat slit I have blocked from my memory, but I distinctly remember the child sitting with an egg in her mouth, and the hook being caught in the cheek.  I could just vividly imagine her eyes shining out of the […]

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Associations

While I was reading “Hard Times,” I kept thinking about a specific place and time in history: the Dust Bowl in Kansas. This is not where the story was placed, so I was wondering how I came to that association. When I was reading, I was trying to pay attention to the setting of the story […]

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Here are the books we’re reading: Ron Rash, Burning Bright: Stories Suzanne Rivecca, Death Is Not an Option: Stories Lee Smith, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger  

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