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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

by Ambrose Bierce

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge opens with the story's hero, Peyton Farquhar, hanging bound from a bridge, awaiting hanging. Farquhar is a Confederate sympathizer in the American Civil War and has been brought to this end by a Union spy. The novel was unique in its time for its jumbled chronology and is also famous for its surprising conclusion.… (more)
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Just when you think he did it!! Oh my god, I was so not ready for this twist!!!! Loved it! ( )
  iamcmims | Apr 4, 2021 |
I liked this story. I'm an Ambrose Bierce fan. After reading it I discovered an old black and white movie version of this. Not bad. This story recounts the thoughts of a condemned man before he is hung. Or is he actually hung? ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
I'm rapidly becoming a huge fan of Mr. Bierce. I didn't think I'd like his Civil War fiction half as much as the fantastical kind, but he definitely has a knack for the surreal in any setting. After reading a couple dozen of his short stories and getting through the period aspects of the wordplay, I find a sophisticated interest in the nature of perception and solid hammer-blows for endings. ( )
1 vote bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
What did I just read?! Hrm. I've never read Bierce. Most of my Lit degree was focused on mid- to late-20th century writers or British writers. I think I have been too long away from studying literature. I am pretty sure I missed 99.99999% of the imagery and allusions. ( )
  lesmel | Apr 5, 2016 |
An extremely effective study of the state of mind of a man about to be hanged, during the Civil War. The vivid realism is undoubtedly enhanced by the fact that Bierce himself was a member of the Union Army. Perhaps he even was involved in a similar execution? ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge opens with the story's hero, Peyton Farquhar, hanging bound from a bridge, awaiting hanging. Farquhar is a Confederate sympathizer in the American Civil War and has been brought to this end by a Union spy. The novel was unique in its time for its jumbled chronology and is also famous for its surprising conclusion.

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