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Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter
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Aug 04, 2011

it was amazing

I really loved this, the language and the story and the form. The ending was a delicate and bright redemption, one of the finest I can recall, a tender nuzzle and kiss on a goat's nose, when a man steps back into the world and decides to live.

It seems many of the other reviewers here are fans of the author's music; I admit I have not heard of Josh Ritter, the songwriter. What can I say? I'm a reader. I am also a vet--and I loved the way this story told the story of a vet coming home. I didn't think Henry Bright was crazy, nor was this story magical realism; it was pretty clearly shell shock, PTSD. But who cares, we don't need to diagnose fictional characters as much as we need to believe them, believe in them, and follow along on their journey.

Thanks for sharing this story, Josh. It was beautifully written and told, and I felt quite happy when I finished reading it. I may even go track down some of your music.

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