Irish Short Story Week Year Two
March 12 to April 11
Emerging Irish Women Writers Week
March 23 to March 29
So far I have posted on excellent stories by Kate Ferguson, Sheila Mannix and EM Reapy. Yesterday I read three times (and once more just now) a story by Ethel Rohan, "Beast and the Bear" that simply amazed me by the sheer wonder and beauty of it. I could not read anything else for a long time after reading this story. If Flannery O'Connor and the Grimm Brothers collaborated on a short story then maybe they could come up with something close to "Beast and the Bear". Normally I am pretty secure in my mind on the my reactions to stories but I wanted to be sure that this story is truly great, maybe I could be overreacting I thought, so I emailed the story to several people whose literary judgments I have great respect for and they all loved the story also.
In posting on a very short work of fiction you have to be careful to allow other readers to read it without knowing what will happen in the story so I will try to explain why I like this story so much without spoiling the plot.
The story is told in the first person by a woman living in a wilderness area, one where there are wild bears.
The narration is done is a sort of matter of fact way. I will quote a bit from the story as I really find the prose style of Rohan hypnotically beautiful