The genre of the short story is a particularly extraordinary human invention. In a matter of two hours or less, the short story can illustrate some complexities of life without taxing the mind with deep philosophical terms or concepts.As some of us don’t have the proclivity to have intense philosophical and theological discussions on the various nuances of life and faith, the short story provides us with a brief vision on the robust nature of the Christian existence. Many people would suggest that short stories are just for children. However, I would argue that adults need short stories as well. It is one of the few welcome outlets in which adults can hold up a mirror to themselves and observe what they see, warts and all.
In this spirit, I submit to you all, Listers, a modest list of 5 short stories that testify to the beauty and the blemishes of our humanity. I, by no means, believe that this list is a complete one (hence the “part 1″ in the title of the posting). I hope to do more postings on great short stories, so please suggest any if you feel a particular piece is appropriate to this list.
And then on to the stories: Leaf by Niggle by Tolkein, The Light Princess by George Macdonald, The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, The Blue Cross – a Chesterton Fr Brown story, and Revelation by Flannery O’Connor. I’ve read the middle three, and agree they deserve a place on the list. Do you have any other contenders to offer Foyer?