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Wounds in the rain: War stories

Stephen Crane

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .his movement rapidly spread to the tail of the line. The weighted procession moved painfully out upon the sunny prairie. The general, marching at the head of it, glanced continually back as if he were compelled to drag behind him some ponderous iron chain. Besides the obvious mental worry, his face bore an expression of intense physical strain, and he even bent his shoulders, unconsciously tugging at the chain to hurry it through this enemy-crowded valley.

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The fight was opened by eight men who, snuggling in the grass, within three hundred yards of the blockhouse, suddenly blazed away at the bed-ticking figure in the cupola and at the open door where they could see vague outlines. Then they laughed and yelled insulting language, for they knew that as far as the Spaniards were concerned, the surprise was as much as having a diamond bracelet turn to soap. It was this volley that smote the sergeant and caused the man in the cupola. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like many others, I was first exposed to Stephen Crane in school. In middle school, I think, we all read The Red Badge of Courage. It had no impact on me that I can recall. I don't really remember the story at all - I remember what people have said about it.

On the other hand, some years later, I was

Some decent war stories here, and Crane's writing shines in places, but overall somewhat of a bore throughout most of it. The book felt longer than the Spanish-American War itself.