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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2017-08-07 05:32 pm

The Last Enemy, by Richard Hillary (excerpt)

From the first chapter of the memoir of a WWII fighter pilot; he has just gone down in flames, and is floating in the ocean, badly burned and alone:

There can be few more futile pastimes than yelling for help alone in the North Sea, with a solitary seagull for company, yet it gave me a certain melancholy satisfaction, for I had once written a short story in which the hero (falling from a liner) had done just this. It was rejected.

99 cent ebook on Amazon: The Last Enemy
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[personal profile] recessional 2017-08-08 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
A KINDRED SPIRIT.
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[personal profile] sovay 2017-08-08 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
yet it gave me a certain melancholy satisfaction, for I had once written a short story in which the hero (falling from a liner) had done just this. It was rejected.

That's relatable.
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[personal profile] loligo 2017-08-08 01:01 am (UTC)(link)
Well played, Richard Hillary.
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[personal profile] skygiants 2017-08-08 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
....sold.
cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)

[personal profile] cyphomandra 2017-08-08 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
Enjoy!!
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-08-08 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
#relatable
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[personal profile] eglantiere 2017-08-08 07:22 am (UTC)(link)
lollllllllllll.
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[personal profile] pameladean 2017-08-08 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, that's masterful. I think it's the solitary seagull that really makes it.

P.
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[personal profile] 17catherines 2017-08-09 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
I like this man already.
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[personal profile] qian 2017-08-18 10:11 am (UTC)(link)
I see what you mean about the very English style! It's one I imprinted on as well.