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The Parenticide Club (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his The Devil's Dictionary (1911). He wrote some of his books under the pseudonyms Dod Grile and J. Milton Sloluck. Bierce's lucid, unsentimental style has kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have been consigned to oblivion. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce. " Such was his reputation that it was said his judgment on any piece of prose or poetry could make or break a writer's career. His short stories are considered among the best of the 19th century, providing a popular following based on his roots. He wrote realistically of the terrible things he had seen in the war in such stories as An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Killed at Resaca, and Chickamauga. His works include: The Fiend's Delight (1873), Cobwebs from an Empty Skull (1874), Black Beetles in Amber (1892), Fantastic Fables (1899), Shapes of Clay (1903), A Son of the Gods, and A Horseman in the Sky (1907), Write It Right (1909) and A Cynic Looks at Life (1912).


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bierce was a MADMAN 15. Mai 2011
Von James David Reyome - Veröffentlicht auf
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Not a novel, but a collection of four short stories, all of which have something to do with the murder of a parent or relative. Ghoulish? Sure. Fun? You bet! Bierce may have been a madman, but he was an entertaining madman, and while his writing style will seem dated, it doesn't detract from the entertainment value of the stories at all.

The contents:

"My Favorite Murder"...a man who is in the dock for the murder of his Mother describes a prior murder, that of his Uncle, of a most unusual nature. A ramming good time!

"Oil Of Dog"...cannot be adequately described to a family audience. Delightful!

"An Imperfect Conflagration" which a fire to destroy evidence does not have the desired effect.

and finally,

"The Hypnotist"...the subject of the story describes his experiments with the strange power he has discovered his possesses, and the results thereof.

Bierce's stuff is notoriously hard to find...which, considering his fate, is only appropriate, but it's sad nonetheless. He is as entertaining a storyteller as you're likely to find, and his work is every bit the equal of a truckload of modern "writers". If you haven't experienced his wacky weirdness, this is an excellent introduction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very dark humor and satire, not for the squeamish 3. Juni 2011
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These are four separate stories about individuals who have killed at least one parent and who do not feel the least, tiniest inkling of remorse. Bierce portrays each of these people as they either reflect on or describe their crimes in a very matter-of-fact manner, as if chatting over a beer.

Fans of Dexter, American Psycho, or other very dark humor would feel right at home. Some of the descriptions are rather gruesome and this, along with the absolutely conscienceless narrators and communities, could upset the more sensitive reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Six Stars out of Five 3. September 2012
Von Robert Guttman - Veröffentlicht auf
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Ambrose Bierce was unique in being the only major writer to have served in combat during the American Civil War. In fact, he was invalided out of the Army after being shot in the head, and only after that did he become a writer. Perhaps his experiences in the war in general, and that catastrophic wound in particular, did something to Bierce's mind, because his work has come to occupy a unique place in the annals of a particular sort of morbid and sardonic humor. There is absolutely nobody else quite like Ambrose Bierce.

Be warned that each of the four humorous short stories comprising the collection known as "The Parenticide Club" are narratives of people who have done away with their parents in a variety of particularly grotesque manners. "The Parenticide Club" represents Ambrose Bierce at his very best (or very worst, depending upon your point of view). The stories are jaw-dropping in their depiction of casual violence, but also darkly hilarious and magnificently crafted in the manner that only the inimitable Ambrose Bierce has ever been able to achieve. The readers of these stories will absolutely hate themselves for laughing, but they will not be able to prevent themselves from laughing long and hard nonetheless.
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