Title: The Big Sky
Author: A.B. Guthrie
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 6th August 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: “That was for beaver.”
This extract from a bigger Western story feels just like being dropped into daily life on the frontier.
This short story just felt like being dropped straight into a scene from daily life. It’s not necessarily an enthralling, impossible to forget short story. But it was one that left you feeling really contented and comfortable. That left you thinking about all the trials and tribulations of daily life. In a way that most stories don’t tend to do.
That being dropped into the middle of daily life feeling kind of makes sense when you think about the fact that this short story is an excerpt from part of a bigger novel. Actually, the comfort and simplicity of this made me kind of want to add this book to my shelves… even if I wasn’t totally enthralled. It’s nice to have something that is just comfortable on your shelves sometimes…
Many of the stories that I’ve been reading lately have left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable, unsure and a little bit thought-dwelling. This is not one such story. It just left me feeling weirdly content and complete. I couldn’t tell you what truly happened in this story. But I can tell you that I enjoyed my time in this world. It felt something like sitting in a friend’s living room over a nice, big cup of tea….