If You Go Into The Woods
David Gaughran; Kindle Edition, Published April 30, 2011 by Arriba Arriba Books
“IF YOU GO INTO THE WOODS”
Eight-year old Jiri Beranek is drawn to a nearby forest, captivated by birds hidden high in the trees. Each time he enters, his desire to see the mysterious creatures is checked by his fear of the dark. When he finally forces himself to go farther, he finds a new reason to be afraid.+ Bonus story: “THE RESET BUTTON”
Linus Eriksson, a divorced bachelor living alone in his small one-bedroom apartment, is a man with a memory problem: instead of not being able to remember anyone, nobody can remember him.
These short stories are a combined length of 4000 words or around 16 book pages.
David Gaughran is a 33-year old Irish writer, living in Sweden, who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories, and writing about them.
IF YOU GO INTO THE WOODS was first published by The Delinquent (UK), then selected by Short Story America for inclusion in their anthology of the best stories of 2010.
THE RESET BUTTON is a brand new story, exclusively available in this e-book.
– Goodreads on If you go into the woods
Though it will be tough to achieve, I’ll try my best to not fangirl all over the place about this marvelous work of art. Ok, so maybe I will fangirl all over the place, but if you’ve read If you go into the woods then you will completely understand why; and if you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out on major art of the word, in my opinion.
The Kindle version consists of two beautiful short stories, “If you go into the woods” and “The reset button”.
I cannot speak highly enough of the mastery of word in both of them, the wealth of vibrant images and the buzz of thought that they both possess came as a delightful surprise on this torrid day.
I’ve always been one for sort of classical, artistic writing, though the action-focused style has its merits no doubt, and its own place in my heart. But this work of art, this gem of words, has the style you’ve encountered in all-time masterpieces of literature. There is no doubt in my mind, we’re dealing here with quite possibly one work heading that way. Poetry in prose-form, these short stories capture your imagination and mold your thoughts into a deep, and somewhat frazzling storm of wonder.
While short, but undoubtedly sweet, these stories manage to instill in you a deep sense of anxiousness, of momentary despair and ultimate thrill. Both their worlds are cleverly sketched and vibrantly depicted. It is the art of the short story to focus on this just one moment, on this just one day, to zoom in right into the core of the character’s soul without losing anything of the natural pace of life and ephemerous of the moment. It is in my opinion a given that a short story will not offer an in-depth analysis of characters by length, but by great intensity focused in a short span of time. It’s the acute sensation that takes lead, and not the vast cognitive line of knowledge.
If I were to pick a favorite between the two stories, I quite possibly may not be able to make a choice. Each deals with different instances of life in such a lovely way, that I couldn’t pick a favorite; I’d favor them both
I am doing my best not to go into details about each, as I believe that could spoil the pleasure of your read guys, and I’d hate to be the author of such crime.
I heartily recommend this masterful piece of work to any and all that thoroughly enjoy the art of the word, and especially to those that have a special place in their hearts for short stories, as I believe this to be a fabulous exponent of the genre.
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