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Sunday, November 28, 2010

review: terminal sunday by Harper Hull

"…So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And Music shall untune the sky"
— John Dryden (The Major Works) 

Terminal Sunday
if you were to spend your last day on earth, how would you go about it?
Harper Hull's apocalyptic short story Terminal Sunday is a glimpse into a couple's last hours together.
the characters are unnamed and are referred to only as "I" and "you." the true nature of their relationship - whether married or not, how long they have been together and how old they are are left to the reader to surmise.
while the world outside erupts in chaos, the couple go through their domestic life seemingly unperturbed. madness and desperation mark the world beyond the couple's home. from within, there is simply order.
this play of contrasts is woven throughout the story. i find this technique effective in bringing out in the reader varied emotions as well. i have read this story more than a couple of times and i could not help being emotional each time. at a turn of phrase, a mention of a word or in the description of a scene, i often find something new to mull over. i think about the lives of the people i care about and of those i do not know. i question myself if i have been a good person or have tried to be a better one.i reflect on the abundance of nature and its gifts and how we use or abuse them. i ponder at the ways we have treated one another and at what we have achieved in making this world a better place. and yes, i wonder what would it be like for each of us should the world designate tomorrow as its demise.
this well-written story has certainly moved me in so many ways. it is chilling in its realism, frightening in its possibility yet profound in its underlying message. 

Terminal Sunday is free to download at Smashwords.com

my personal rating is: 


Carolina [WritnBlock] said...

Hi Aobibliophile!
You write a very compelling review! I have already downloaded the story! :)

The reason I was so easily convinced by your review is because of the emotion you transmitted through your words. They make me understand that this is a story that will stimulate my thoughts and feelings, and there is nothing I like more!


LJ said...

I love it when a story can touch a person in such a way as to make them think of their own life. That's when you know it's a great read! Loved your review of this! Thanks.

Carolina [WritnBlock] said...

I just read the story and I think it's fantastic! I loved every word. the description of every detail is overpowering and, at the same time, frightening.
Thank you for sharing this!

aobibliophile™ said...

@Carolina and @LJ: thank you ladies for your comments. i love this story so much and i just wanted to share my thoughts and feelings about it. i hope you enjoy reading it as much as i did.

LunaMoth said...

i just downloaded this, thank you for your review =)

oh yes, you wont an award from my blog =)

aobibliophile™ said...

@LunaMoth thank you for the recognition and congratulations too! enjoy the short story.

Harper Hull said...

Much gratitude for the very kind words, I truly appreciate it. Keep up the great work too!

aobibliophile™ said...

@Harper Hull i thank you for making your story available for everyone to read. you honor me with your visit and comment. your being a follower too is highly appreciated.

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