Title: Beecher Island
Author: Wayne D. Overholser
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 17th October 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Damn that Forsyth!
Sam is in the middle of a gunfight on Beecher Island. Will they win? Will he ever get home to the farm?
This was a really wonderful description of battle. It wasn’t glorious and it wasn’t filled with people with an overzealous ideal. Rather, it was all about a young lad who just wants to go home to his farm and… well, live. Partnered with the actual descriptiveness of this all. I thought that it worked quite well.
Having said that, this really wasn’t as blood thirsty and graphically intense as some of the stories I’ve been reading lately. A nice little break if I’m being honest. It created a nice story in which battle isn’t about the glory and the blood – but rather, it’s about just wanting to go home and find your own zen.
For me, ultimately, this wasn’t so much a story about war, but about the stupidity of it. This may be my own ideals coming through. But still…