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A Son of the Gods and A Horseman in the Sky

Ambrose Bierce

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A story about a father and son on different sides of the Civil War

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . in power of description, subtlety of touch or literary finish. It is deeply to be regretted that he has not given us more such prose.

W. C. Morrow.


A breezy day and a sunny landscape. An open country to right and left and forward; behind, a wood. In the edge of this wood, facing the open but not venturing into it, long lines of troops halted. The wood is alive with them, and full of confused noises: the occasional rattle of wheels as a battery of artillery goes into position to cover the advance; the hum and murmur of the soldiers talking; a sound of innumerable feet in the dry leaves that strew the interspaces among the trees; hoarse commands of officers. Detached groups of horsemen are well in front—not altogether exposed—many of them intently regarding the crest of a hill a mile away in the direction of the interrupted advance. For this powerful army, moving in battle order throug. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Amazing Prose

Bierce is an author for the ages. His rare gift of bringing the reader into the story, will be his lasting contribution to his readers for years to come.

The Introduction by W. C. Morrow ✔
A Son of the Gods 4⭐
A Horseman in the Sky 3.5⭐

I read this as part of Classic American Literature: 13 books by Bierce in a single file, improved 1/7/2011 [Kindle Edition]

The title is a smidgen misleading, but the story is quite captivating in its presentation of both gallantry and the often foolishness of war.

good quality work

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