A Short Walk in the Rain

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Porcupine's Quill, Oct 1, 1989 - Fiction - 174 pages
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For a writer who once professed 'If in the course of my life I can get half a dozen stories printed, I'll be satisfied', Flying a Red Kite(1962) marked the start of a very much more productive career. A new edition of that title, released by the Porcupine's Quill in 1987, formed volume one of a proposed 'Collected Stories'. A Short Walk in the Rain(Volume Two) includes thirteen stories written between 1957 and 1961, which for one reason or another were left out of Red Kite, and which have never since been published. They include five of what the author delicately calls 'instructive artistic failures', two 'interesting failed tries' and half a dozen 'unpretentious successes' which Hood would rank with anything in Flying a Red Kite.The title story (one of the successes) is the first story Hood wrote, in January 1957. The author would admit it is derivative - he was certainly aware at the time that the final action of A Farewell to Armsconsisted of a short walk in the rain, and he came to realize later that its title was an exact metrical echo of The Old Man and the Sea- an iamb, a single heavily-stressed syllable and an anapest, but that is the point. What Hood tries to demonstrate in this book is something of the process by which he started to emulate the masters and somewhere along the way found the voice to write accomplished fiction in his own style.

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Authors Introduction
A Short Walk in the Rain
A Faithful Lover

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