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A Baby Tramp

2.81  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A short story
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Published by LibriVox (first published 1893)
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Pourya Yahyaee
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, the story is short enough to be a summary in itself. My personal interpretation is that this is a misanthrope story.
The main character, Joseph, is an allusion to the famous biblical story of Joseph. He is lost, and found and sold by some Indians; however, the story doesn't end in the same way. The atmosphere is very dark and gloomy. Blackburg, which literally means black city, has a mysterious history and strange things happen there that not even the scientists can get the hang of. Hetty P
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Quirkyreader
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is along the lines of "A Little Match Girl".
Ken B
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-story
This a very short story and, I thought, pretty disappointing for Ambrose Bierce.

You can safely pass by this one and feel you haven't missed anything.

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K. Anna Kraft
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I've arranged my thoughts on this story into a haiku:

"The sky's belching frogs,
There's blood-filled snow on the ground,
And. . .you'd expect more."
Liz
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost, short-story
There are always stories about cats or dogs travelling a ridiculous amount of miles to get home (sometimes across country). Now, take this premise and add to it an orphaned, very young boy. In the uncanny town of Blackburg, where in the past it has rained frogs and snowed crimson snowflakes, a ghost is seen near the cemetery. A weird, sad story. Audible edition narrated by Anthony Heald.
Peter
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Creepy.
Sucharita Biswas
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A child who is orphaned at an early age but his mother never forgot him after dying also.

Faizan
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
That is a circumstance which, without actual irreverence, one may wish had been ordered otherwise.
Janelle
A well written but rather depressing ghost story about a little lost boy, who as the title indicates, is a tramp. The story is so short that to describe further details would be giving spoilers.
Wordaholic
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ss
A very heart breaking account of a child. It was like reading Joseph's life summary. Short and very profound.
Laura
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
In the town of Blackburg - home of raining frogs, crimson snow and Hettie Parlow's ghost - a young tramp stands on a street corner in the rain.
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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the ni
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