Magnified by its lift against the sky and by the soldier’s testifying sense of the . He was a civilian, if one might judge from his dress which was that of a planter. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Ambrose Bierce. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, by Ambrose Bierce .au/b/bierce/ambrose/tales-of-soldiers-and-civilians/contents.

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This new collection gathers some of Bierce’s finest stories, including the celebrated Civil War fictions ‘ An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge ‘ and ‘ Chickamauga ‘, his macabre masterpieces, and his tales of supernatural horror. Reminiscent of Poe, these stories are marked by a sardonic humour and a realistic study of tense emotional states.

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Write a customer review. Showing of 5 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book finally remedied that. It has19 0f his short stories, and a good bit of other newspaper articles he wrote. He impresses me as something of a combination of Soldirs Allen Poe and O.

Ambross — lots of obsession with death and ghosts, and most of the stories ended with some ironic or morbid twist.


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One person found this helpful. Great book, great price, pondering theory and thought. What ever happened akbrose formatting? I always wanted to get around to reading Ambrose Bierce. Known as an iconoclast and an excellent satirist, Bierce is best known for his Devil’s Dictionary. He’s also known for the disappearing act he pulled in Mexico in I decided to give this short anthology a chance.

If I liked his stories, I figured I’d buy some more of his writings. I will be reading more of his writings. After reading this book, I realized you can make a direct connection from this film to Ambrose Bierce. The connection would pass through Stephen King and H. Lovecraft along the way. I’ve seen things in both of these writers that could have been lifted directly out of one bkerce Bierce’s stories. In Bierce’s story, “The Damned Thing”, with its talk about colors that can and can’t be seen, I could have sworn I was reading Lovecraft.

Bierce is a master at quick twists and shocking violence, and delivers scares fast and furious. I got chills with several of these short stories, which certainly makes for good horror reading.

The book gives the reader a sample of Bierce’s short stories. Most of the stories are tied around American Civil War themes, which is no surprise as Bierce served in the Union army during that conflict. His experiences gave him the necessary frame of reference to write these dark stories. Some of these tales will make your jaw drop. The violence in them is extremely unsettling.

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Chickamauga and Oil of Dog are sickening, describing blown civi,ians heads and dead babies in graphic detail. Did I mention Bierce’s prose? Some of the best you’ll read. His prose is so amazing that I found myself rereading some of his passages just so I could make sure I was getting the full meaning. It is that rich and textured. It’s also extremely funny in places. In the introduction it is written that Bierce lived in England for several years and was embraced by the English, who are masters not only of the language, but also insults.

I’m not surprised when I look at how he writes. He can pen an insult that would bring tears of joy to an Englishman’s eyes. Finally, Bierce’s stories show incredible depth for the short story format.


He ridicules false courage, irony, lawyers, and even unions in the story, “The Revolt of the Gods”. I highly recommend that anyone not familiar with Ambrose Bierce give this book a read. It reads fast and you’ll laugh and be shocked within the space of one page. Ambrose Bierce’s collected stories, mostly of the Civil War but also of peacetime America in the last half of the 19th Century, are amazing not least because of the fact that he was one of the first to write in this genre.

No doubt wnd of his soldiefs for his Civil War stories were based upon his own observations as an officer in the Union Army while other stories may have been ones he came up with while living on the Pacific coast. Ghostly occurances, strange machines, unexplained episodes, monsters Bierce seems to have lived in a strange world of shadows all his own.

It is somehow fitting that Bierce simply disappeared in if early 20th Century. See all 5 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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