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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Though his ultimate fate remains a mystery to this day, Bierce’s contribution to American letters rests firmly on the basis of his incom Witty, irreverent tales of war and the supernatural from the maverick misanthrope of American literature. Paperbackpages. Published by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I’m civjlians this audio book aside. I still love the story Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge but the rest of them are not doing anything for me. I understood when I checked it out that this was not a collection of horror stories, but I still thought I would find something of interest here. Unfortunately, I did not.

Set aside for now to possibly try again at a later time. View all 5 comments. Ambrose Bierce is a criminally underrated author. His “An Occurence at Owlcreek Bridge” is one of the most famous short stories ever written, yet most of his other works seem to have been forgotten. This book was originally published in under the title “Tales of Soldiers and Civilians”. Bierce himself fought for the Union Army at the Battle of Shiloh, and his stories clearly reflect the horrors he observed in the field.

From The Affair at Coulter’s Notch: All were taless, all stripped to the waist, their reeking skins black with blotches of powder and spattered with gouts of blood. They worked like madmen, with rammer and cartridge, lever and lanyard.

They set their swollen shoulders and bleeding hands against the wheels at each recoil and heaved the heavy gun back to its place. There were no commands; in that awful environment of whooping shot, exploding shells, shrieking fragments of iron, and flying splinters of wood, none could have been heard. Officers, if bisrce there were, were indistinguishable; all worked together – each while he lasted There was little attempt at soldies, though in most cases, the burial parties being detailed to glean the same ground which they had assisted to reap, the names of the victorious dead were known and listed.


The enemy’s fallen had to be content with counting. But of that they got enough: Bierce’s Civil War Stories is still in print, and I would urge you to read it. Bierce himself headed into Mexico inwhere he vanished without a trace. A fitting ending that rales have been ciilians directly from one of his stories. This was a collection of short stories. Now, I don’t read qnd lot of these, because they always manage to disappoint me ahd some degree But I liked these grim little tales.

Some of these will be with me for a long time. I wish I had liked them all though. This was originally published inand this author did a great job. Taales loved his wording. I listened to the audio and loved all the contributing narrators This was a collection of short stories. Biercce listened to the audio and loved all the contributing narrators. They did a wonderful job. I was giving this 3 stars, but I think I just talked myself into 4. Feb 22, Bierec rated it really liked or. There were some good stories in this collection and some stinkers.

Many of the stories will give you the chills and make ans hair stand on end. Bierce in a writer that is not to be missed. Oct 02, Greg rated it liked it. This book of short stories was interesting on a number of levels. Bierces personal style is unique but at the same time you can’t help but sense the attitude and values of the later 19th century.

The descriptions of war and human perversity were tame by todays standards but must have been quite unsettling at the time. The first part of the book were stories of the civil war and I thought were better written than the civilian stories. Perhaps because war more easily lends itself to the macabre. B This book of short stories was interesting on a number of levels. Bierce had a way of stringing words together that in itself was worth reading even if the story was weak.

After awhile though it became a little repetitious. His bag of tricks was somewhat civillians. At least in this one book which is the only Bierce book I’ve read to date. All in all it was a good book.

I recommend stretching it out; read a single story only occationally. The stories kept more of their appeal that way.

A satirical, biting anti-war and anti-stupidity stories. Where have you been all my life, Ambrose Bierce? Sure, I had a problem with the language and writing style – English not biercs my first language – but I enjoyed these a lot!

They are uniformly good. Two of them stand out head and should Bierce, Ambrose. You probably read them before, since each has been heavily anthologized. If you get a chance to view that, do so.


Mar 13, Douglas Cunningham rated it liked it. Sep 19, Koen Kop rated it liked it. Tales of soldiers – four stars; tales of civilians – two to three.

Jul 19, Stewart rated it really liked it. Ambrose Bierce, I think, is an underrated American writer. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic’s eyes to improve his vision; and Marriage: A household consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

Bierce was a newspaperman and notorious columnist in Ambrose Bierce, I think, is an underrated American writer. But he was also the author of a number of first-rate short stories, especially his stories based on his experiences in the American Civil War.

Rod Serling liked the story so much that he bought a one-hour movie version of it to use as a episode of the TV series “The Twilight Zone. Clear nights have a trick of being keen.

In darkness you may be cold and not know it; when you see, you suffer. This night was bright enough to bite like a serpent. The moon was moving mysteriously along behind the giant pines crowning the South Mountain, striking a cold sparkle from the crusted snow, and bringing out against the black west the ghostly outlines of the Coast Range, beyond which lay the invisible Pacific.

The snow had piled itself, in the open spaces along the bottom of the gulch, into long ridges that seemed to heave, and into hills that appeared to toss and scatter spray. The spray was sunlight, twice reflected: When, where, or why Bierce died is to this day not known.

Jan 24, Stenwjohnson rated it it was amazing. War tales cover the first half of the anthology; Bierce served in combat and distinguished himself for his bravery although he did not personally advertise the factand the stories deal almost uniformly with violence of some kind, whether execution or the rigors of battle, often delivered in a dispassionate, ironic voice.

Bierce frequently relies on the device of a surprise or paradoxical ending, and the Grim Reaper dependably closes the curtains. Like Poe, Bierce often feels like a literary artist struggling with the boundaries of popular fiction; the reliable surprise closing, in particular, sometimes feels de rigeur.

But those stories are in the minority. Oct 02, Kevin rated it it was amazing. Ambrose Bierce was born in Meigs County, Ohio.