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A Tough Tussle

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The story is set in the American Civil War. Second-Lieutenant Brainerd Byring sits on patrol at night with the Confederates near.
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Published September 30th 1888 by The San Francisco Examiner
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Tamoghna Biswas
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The tension has worn us out. It is a deadly tension that feels as if a jagged knife blade is being scraped along the spine. Our legs won't function, our hands are trembling and our bodies are like thin membranes stretched over barely repressed madness, holding in what would otherwise be an unrestrained outburst of endless screams. We have no flesh, no muscle now.”
― Erich Maria Remarque,All Quiet on the Western Front

Or, we can for instance take the quotes from Conrad’s novella. The fact rem
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Michael Sorbello
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, book-reviews
I wasn't expecting something this deep when I first started reading it. It takes the phrase 'the horrors of war' to heart, as it explores the potential origins of superstitious fear through the anxiety-ridden psych of a soldier in the heat of an extremely violent ambush. The smell of death in the air, unrecognizable sounds from all around and the constant threat of being smothered by invisible forces come together to assault the senses in a depiction of realistic terror.
Carlos Cano
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
«El bosque parecía vacío; no había ni hombres ni habitáculos posibles para estos. El universo entero no era otra cosa que oscuridad misteriosa y primigenia, sin forma ni voz, la soledad en sí misma, la soledad negándose a revelar su eterno secreto.»
Sohail
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very scary short story, but it is a lot more than mere horror fiction. It is a philosophical and psychological study of human mind that tries to uncover the roots of superstition in early civilizations, as well as the role of perception and psyche on human experience and understanding. This is a story that shouldn't be taken at face value.
Liz
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, short-story
This story has remarkable depth. The reader is transported to a dark forest at night during the civil war. The shadows, the snapping of a twig, the straining to hear if an enemy is nearby, combine to highlight the dangerous situation which is war. Second-Lieutenant Brainerd Byring is a brave soldier with an Achilles heel, he dislikes corpses. During guard duty he realizes that he has placed himself in the vicinity of a dead enemy soldier. What follows is a psychological thriller that is prescien ...more
Sucharita Biswas
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Brainerd Byring, a brave and efficient second lieutenant was guarding his men in the woods of West Virginia for any surprise attacks. He positioned himself nearby on a rock. He was strong but could not evade the strangeness in the air of the woods.

Suddenly, he saw a dead body of a soldier lying near him. His mind starts playing tricks and an unknown feeling grips his mind and body. The more he concentrates on the dead body, the more he feels the heat in his body. Night passed and in the morning
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