Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the ace of hearts.
Story: The Sniper, by Liam O’Flaherty (widely available; I read it at www.classicshorts.com)
Comments: This is a brilliantly-written story. It covers just a few hours in the life of an unnamed sniper, on duty overnight on a rooftop near the centre of Dublin city, during the Irish Civil War (1922-23). In a few short pages we accompany him through his hungry night vigil, until he is spotted, shot and wounded by an enemy sniper on another city roof-top – whom our protagonist subsequently shoots and kills. There is a twist in the end of the tale, but even when one knows the ending, the story is gripping. Not a wasted word. No moralising, just telling the awful facts the way they were. This tragedy is being played out in so many parts of the world today.
I learned that this was O’Flaherty’s first published work. Wow, what a start to a writing career. Any budding writer should read it and learn from it.