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