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Short story by Ambrose Bierce, published in 1891 in Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, a collection that in 1898 was revised, enlarged, and retitled In the Midst of Life. The narrative concerns the final thoughts of a Southern planter as he is being hanged by Union soldiers. In the brief period between the tightening of the noose and the actual breaking of his neck, the man imagines his escape. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The condemned man stands on a bridge, his hands bound behind his back. A noose is tied around his neck. In a moment he will meet his fate: DEATH BY HANGING. There is no escape. Or is there? Find out in . . . An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486466574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486466576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
"An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge" is a book of incredible power and suspense. All the fears of a young father come to light as his life swings in and out of reality. As a captured Southern loyalist, the character is bound by the neck and to be hung, when his life, all that is to be, flashes before him. In a split second he pictures his break from the noose, his race to freedom, and his reunion with his beloved family. Life, to this man, is nothing but the dream he holds of his freedom.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By George Buttner VINE VOICE on March 13, 2006
Format: Library Binding
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" seems to me like the type of story that a lot of people would read only grudgingly as a school assignment. That's too bad, because this definitely seems like one for the ages to me.

Curiously enough, I was led to this story by the TV show --- "Lost," one of the characters on there was reading it. Once I started reading, I was immediately drawn in by this author's storytelling power and ability to create powerful images using words. Some of the language he uses is rather high-toned and may go over the heads of some readers, but I think even if you can't completely understand it, there's quite enough that is understandable for general audiences to still work very well. (And hey --- why not crack that dictionary if you're not certain about some terms?)

The plot goes back to the Civil War and it's about a man who is caught and put to death by hanging at a bridge. As you read it, you can absolutely picture this scene in your head and understand what the main chaacter is feeling. This story has a surprising twist ending as well.

Now that I've read this, I think I may just seek out more by Ambrose Bierce. I like vivid storytelling and this certain fits the bill.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rocco mastrangioli on September 13, 2007
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The first classical suspense, twlight zone story first written over 100 years ago. A quick page turner, excellent. The book could be found at local friends of library book sales. Be careful of buying it online. The normal sale price is $1, and online sells it for between $5 and $7.
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First let me say that this review contains spoilers. This is a pity. The only reason I placed these spoilers in this review is that the product description here already lets the cat out of the bag as to the ending. This is a pity.

Anyway....

I first read this story years and years ago. It was one of the many short stories we had to read in a special advanced English course I took in high school. Like most kids of that age I felt I was being force fed a bunch of stuff I had absolutely no interest in and must admit that I fought it. Over the years I have forgotten most to many of the numerous stories we read during that year, which is sort of sad when you think about it, but I have to tell you that this offering from Ambrose Bierce was not one of those that I consciously or unconsciously shuffled either to the back of my mind or out of it completely. No, no - far, far from it! This one has stuck with me throughout the years and I was delighted when I found it as a free Kindle download.

A Confederate man; a planter in northern Alabama during the Civil War has been captured by Union Solders. He has been sentenced to death and the story begins on a railroad bridge as the man stands on a railroad bridge with a rope noose about his neck about to be hanged. The board he is standing upon is tilted and he begins to fall.

This entire short story takes place in the doomed mans mind as he falls to the end of the rope. The reader at this point does not realize this and we watch in sickening slow motion as the rope breaks, the planter hits the water, is shot at, makes a daring escape, struggles through the woods and finally finds himself going up the steps of his home to the loving arms of his wife...snap..white searing light!
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
Mark Hammer is a great narrator here; you can't go wrong with this audio collection of some of the greatest short ghost stories of all time. All the stories are on one track, so here are the start times of each story:

1. (00:00) An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
2. (24:07) The Damned Thing
3. (44:41) A Watcher by the Dead
4. (1:09:52) An Inhabitant of Carcosa
5. (1:19:33) The Famous Gilson Bequest
6. (1:38:10) The Eyes of the Panther
7. (2:02:37) The Secret of Macarger's Gulch
8. (2:20:56) The Night Doings at 'Deadman's'
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
this book really caught my attention because the way the flow of the book went was really smooth. it gets you wondering about whats going to happen next. I would recomend this book to someone

who like exciting books. the reason i choose to read this book is because after i started reading it; it started to get my attention by making you wait to what is going to happen next.
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By Roncho on December 26, 2013
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Fantastic 19th century psycho short story. A Twilight Zone episode. This will truly make you think, which is a good thing.
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Buy for "The Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge". This is real writing skill. Other stories just a bonus.
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