Story Club #2: Surviving the Elements

Hello! How’s the week been? Looking forward to the weekend I guess. Some armchair time, traveling the world through blogs and stories, one hopes.

Well anyway, it’s time for the Story Club. If you remember, Story Club #1 began on the 15th of June. I wanted it to be a weekly affair but a lukewarm response forced me to make it a monthly event – for now 😉

YP of In the zone has kindly offered to host this month’s Story Club. She has chosen Stephen Crane’s short story ‘The Open Boat’. I would advise you to read the story before rushing off to read YP’s review – she’s has a neat hand and a cool worldview. She is also participating in the summer A to Z challenge and it is interesting how she has woven the Story Club into it!

From my side, just a short background on the author and the story – as gleaned from the web. The story published in 1897, is based on Crane’s experience of surviving a shipwreck. Crane was stranded at sea for thirty hours. His account titled “Stephen Crane’s Own Story” was first published a few days after his rescue. But this focused primarily on the sinking of the Commodore, and the ensuing chaos. Crane subsequently adapted and rewrote his experience as a short story The Open Boat. This was later published as part of the book The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure in the US. The open boat is the most feted of all of Crane’s work. Indeed the stark reality and helplessness of the situation is vivid and hard hitting. Unfortunately, Crane contracted tuberculosis and died when he was just 28 years old. Tragically, his premature death brought him greater recognition, fame and acclaim.

Thanks for reading and now let’s move to the real review – don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions.

If anyone is interested or motivated enough to join the Story Club – most welcome! Just create a pingback to this post so that we can hop over for a read.

Rules are simple:

  • Advance announcement of name of short story, which is freely available on the net.
  • Story maybe a folktale or in the local language. But an English translation should be freely available on the net. Or participant could post the translated version along with his or her review.
  • Bloggers should post on their blog while non-bloggers can email me –
  • The basic idea is to gain from each others rich heritage of literature and be able to understand a little bit more than before.
  • And of course have fun!


    Suggestions are welcome.

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9 thoughts on “Story Club #2: Surviving the Elements”

  1. Well thanks so much D for the nice integration of my post and I love your quick synopsis of the the story and of Crane. 🙂
    Also just wanted to note that I did not really do a critical review of the story in my post – but I feel like with such a classic story folks could easily find dozens of really great reviews already online – and it also was not the angle I wanted – hope this is okay…. – anyhow, I did my top three takeaways because it helped me keep it short and a nit personal.

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    1. Yes I agree – I got exactly what I was hoping for a fresh perspective. It was a unique review one that I enjoyed reading and now it makes me want to go back and read the story again to get more out of it! Thanks so much for being such a sport 🙂

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      1. Well the best part was getting to know you a bit more – and I will try and see if I can get someone else to jump in and do the challenge – and I would love to maybe do it again in about six months – you know – if you are starting a list…..

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