‘Shot of Short’ #1: The Young Man From Kalgoorlie

Title: The Young Man From Kalgoorlie by H. E. Bates
Date Read: 27 September 2008
Briefly: A farmer’s son on an isolated sheep farm in Australia is kept from the news that war has broken out between England and Germany. It’s not until months later that he finds out, during a visit to the nearest town of Kalgoorlie.
Afterthoughts: A well-rounded succinct story from Bates, which brings home the tragedy of war.
Notable Quote: “Now I was not thinking of him. I was thinking of the two people who had so bravely and stupidly kept the war from him and then had so bravely and proudly let him go….”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of my 100 Shots of Short reading challenge.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. Hello Rob,

    I got to know about this challenge through Ex Libris – :o)

    And i would like to take part!! I have already read 4 short-stories!!

    Here is the link!! And I am borrowing this icon too 🙂



  2. thank u so much!

  3. Bart's Bookshelf (Twitter: bartsbooks)

    Okay Rob, I’ve signed up! 🙂

  4. Bart's Bookshelf (Twitter: bartsbooks)

    It won’t let me post a comment with a link though, so just click on my name instead!

  5. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Great to have you aboard Bart. I’ll link your hub page for the challenge on the main hub page for the challenge – that make sense? No! Good! :o)

    Anyway have fun with it!!

  6. I have wanted to get started here for a long time. I’m glad this is a “Perpetual challenge.” I have your button on my blog.

  7. I’m trying to find the Bates story. Not successful. I’m having a hard time with a gravatar too. I’ll keep trying.