Title: The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
Author: Stephen Crane
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis) & The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories (Stephen Crane)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 7th May 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: She wore a dress of blue cashmere, with small reservations of velvet here and there and with steel buttons abounding.
He’s gone and got himself married. But now he has to return home to a questionable welcome…
Still not all that into Westerns, but I really didn’t mind this short story. Maybe the genre is growing on me. Maybe it was just a good story, I don’t know what it was… but I quite liked it.
Not knowing much about westerns, I can’t be certain, but I got the feeling that somehow getting married was the end of a cowboys “fun” days. The days in which he could be battled and relied upon by his mates. I may be wrong, but that was the overwhelming feeling that I got from this short story. It wasn’t necessarily the message that I wanted to receive, but it was definitely an interesting one. And one that I will now look for amongst other western stories.
Although I’m still not completely sold on Westerns, I did enjoy this short story. I do have another Stephen Crane book sitting on my shelves somewhere. So I’m intrigued to see if it is the writer or just my getting used to the genre that really sold this for me…