Short Story #268: The Unknown Soldier by Luc Sante

Title:  The Unknown Soldier

Author:  Luc Sante

Summary

Tomb of the Unkown Soldier. Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Tomb_of_the_Unknown_Soldier_8.jpg
The story begins with a series of statements about the last thing people saw said in the first person.  The next paragraph moves into first person statements that seem to indicate how people died.  Some deaths are simple, others are tragic, and some amusing.  The next paragraph goes into what was done with their bodies after they died.  The final paragraph is instructions from the dead about what to do with their bodies.  

Reflection

This short but intriguing story demands rereading.  Mostly, because it would be curious to try to link sentence per sentences.  That is, does each "I" statement correspond to a statement in each of the following paragraphs.  Regardless, each sentence of this story tells a tale of a different person and in that way, it reminds me of Ernest Hemingway's A Very Short Story, wherein so much is packed into so little.  

Short Story #268 out of 365
Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read:  8/1/2014
Source:  The short story can be found at this website.  

For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.



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