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Bierce disappeared in December A truly horrid, nauseatingly vivid little story, which crams in every possible terror for the brief length: Anything by Ambrose Bierce is an interesting read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 18, Chicmamauga Ann rated it it was ok.

Excellent, and highly recommended.

Birrce picked this up expecting a discussion of the Civil War battle but found instead it is a 12 biedce 99 cent short story written in I normally don’t post spoilers but this is a short story, and it’s over years old. He is believed to have traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country’s ongoing revolution.

Refresh and try again. Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce. The innocence woven into civil war cruelty was well done, and shocking. Read this book for class and I enjoyed it.

Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce

Bierce himself fought at the Battle of Chickamauga, bierfe must of been a great shock to him as the Civil War was the first, and only time these united Americans would pillage and murder each other on such a large chickamaugq. May 21, David Meditationseed rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 09, Ivy rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 23, Garrett Cash rated it it was amazing Shelves: You’ll hear no gunshots. And what is even more tragic, the boy is deaf — so he cannot listen to others but must learn from his own experience which is not the worst thing in the world – and he is mute — so he cannot tell others what he has eventually learned which, paradoxically, is one of the worst things in the world.


For his conduct here he received a commendation from his leader, one General Hazen. May 01, Fred Forbes rated it really liked it. But was not for me. I appreciate that it is a classic piece of literature, and that we are to identify with the pain of chickmauga soldiers and the boy, but to me, it was just a really depressing story that seemed nihilistic and fatalistic at once.

When your passionate dream now turns into your horror nightmare. Severe blerce of pretty hackneyed topic of the Civil War, narrated with unexpected perspective. The most macabre and most telling chuckamauga, then, is when the boy is heading his own private army, which — as all armies do — consists of dying men, and when, in the glee of his triumph over an imaginary enemy, the boy fails to realize that what he is gloating upon is actually his own home, chicmamauga what is left of it.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work — along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto “nothing matters” — earned him the ni Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist.

Jan 16, Miguel Vega rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 21, Shaine rated it liked it.

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Even though I knew and I still know that this story wasn’t about zombies in the Civil War, I was truly creeped out by the perspective of the six-year old and the shambling near-corpses and the discovery that his mom was part of a charred ruin. Sep 24, Julie rated it really liked it. A small boy, who, with toy wooden sword in hand, wanders off into the woods to fight invisible foes, just as his ancestors have battled real ones.


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If you read Chickamauga as the story of a little boy who finds that his home has been destroyed by a shell and that all his family have been killed, and who is maybe too young to fully work out what has happened but only feels terror and woe and yet is unable to express himself, this is an extremely moving story.

A narrative that brilliantly blends the lyric of Childhood with the horror of human violence, the oniric universe of infantile imagination with the cruelty of war, in which ghosts of the past walk side by side with hauntings of the present, and the future is so uncertain as to the possible lines that would follow after the last bkerce of this tale.

Soon after he awakes, he is joined by hundreds of wounded and dying soldiers making their way in macabre fashion through the twilight near where the boy lies. I haven’t been able to get it out of mind.


And it was really upsetting. Return to Book Page. Aug 05, Torben Carlsen rated it it was amazing. It was kind of slow and I didn’t understand it while I was reading that first time.