Short Story Review 9: Harvest by Steven Rydman

By Steven Rydman
Narrative Magazine Story of the Week
This short story is written as a bunch of postcards that Billy sends to his mom from Italy after he has moved there. It is so lovely. He through his letters tells his mom, about his life, the people and the harvest season in Italy. It is a beautiful very short piece.
It is ironic that his mom thinks it is a petty job to have as she doesn't tell the other family members as to what Billy is doing in Italy.

It is so short but packed with so much emotions!
The best part is the quotes from W. Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I really didn't kow about this book, but now I am definitely going to try it out :)
The lines that are quoted in the short story and are very apt for the story lines -
“For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

They are alive and well somewhere,
The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,
And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
It is a very beautiful short story, and I think you all should read it :)!
4 on 5!

Remember to,


It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.


jayant said...

I think your views are based on what you read on the lines!Try to see what it conveys between the lines!

Are you sure his(writer's)mother is still alive?

See the scenerio if she is no more & her son ..not believing in God..strayed away!

The story then goes to a diifferent levl!1

Please read between the lines!!

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Anonymous said...

Jyant, Have you read the Story?
Well maybe u r right! I don't care actually. The way i think is that he doesn't want to be the same as his family/friends.
Whichever way you look at it, it is good.

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