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    What is the best short story of ALL TIME?

    What is the best short story of ALL TIME?

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    Two of my favorites would be "the tell tale heart' by Poe and "the hunger artist" by Kafka

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    Shirley Jackson's

    The Lottery.

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    I loved C.S. Lewis' Narnia books when I was younger, left a huge impression on me and I still have that set of books many years later and have read them many times.

    William Somerset Maughams' Of Human Bondage is a great one too.

    Yukio Misihimas' The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea

    Margaret Laurences' The Diviners

    Edited to add: oops, forgot it was for short story...

    I'm actually not a big fan of short stories, I like my book to work for me, get my mind right into it, help me forget time...

    John Wyndham and Gabriel Garcia Marquez have written some good ones.

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    Off the top of my head, most John CHeever stories are ace...can't really pick there.
    D.H. Lawrence's "Tickets, please"
    She broke out into a peal of laughter and glanced at her husband, whose admiring and happy eyes had been wandering from her dress to her face and hair.

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    I really enjoyed "Mr. Andrews" by E.M. Forster and "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. (Although that last one is more of a novella.)

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    I really like O. Henry's stories, some of them are so classic. Poe's short stories, especially "The Tell-Tale Heart", are also good. I can't really give an opinion on "the best short story of all time"; there are so many out there.

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    Best books

    All of Kathy Reichs thriller series...they're filled w/ suspense and her book, De`ja Dead, makes you feel like it's really happening.
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    i like just about anything by poe and asimov, especially "a feeling of power"...i also really like "the yellow wallpaper" by charlotte perkins gilman. i'm also partial to most of the sherlock holmes stories
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    Balzac's "A Passion in the Desert," any Welty, Flannery O'connor, Faulkner, (getting the picture), Willa Cather.
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    Re: What is the best short story of ALL TIME?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond
    What is the best short story of ALL TIME?
    'Entropy' -- Thomas Pynchon
    'The Story of Byron the Bulb' -- Thomas Pynchon
    'All The King's Horses' -- Kurt Vonnegut (or anything else in 'Welcome to the Monkey House')
    'The Sisters' -- James Joyce
    'The Dead' -- James Joyce

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    I really like short detective stories. The Peter Wimsey ones by Dorothy Sayers are fantastic, but my favorite of all is a Father Brown story by G.K. Chesterton. I believe it's called "The Sign of the Broken Sword".
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    short stories

    "The Snowstorm" by Pushkin.
    "A lodging for the night" by R.L.Stevenson.
    "Two gallants" by Joyce.
    "A canary for one" by E.Hemingway.
    "The Day We Got Drunk on Cake" by William Trevor.

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    I like the Cask of Amontillado, and all of Truman Capote's stories are good, especially a Christmas Memory and, I don't think it counts because it's more of a novella, but Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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    Difficult question, I'd probably have to go for something by Borges on this - "the Library of Babel" with "the book of sands" coming close,
    if only such a thing really existed....
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