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Sunday, December 04, 2005

PDP #19 - "A Coward" by Guy de Maupassant

This week I'm late in releasing the show, my apologies for any who might have been waiting on it. I have only the holiday busy season to account for it, having gone out of town for Thanksgiving for a week and come back to much work to catch up on for my online stores. I shall still be releasing next week's podcast on Monday so you will get a one two punch of podcasts in quick succession.

This week's tale was suggested by listener, John. It's a thought provoking piece on what makes a coward set in the context of a man about to fight a duel. I quite liked it. EDIT: Caution, this is not regular Christmas fare and may be depressing to some.

It runs 18 minutes and 11 seconds long and is 6.5 MB in file size.

Manual download here.

~ e

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Blogger steelworx said...

Well done.
Sort of depressing though, especially around the holidays.
Thanks, and looking forward to the next one.

9:37 PM  
Blogger e said...

I had planned on doing "A Christmas Carol" but realized it was too big a project to take on and have finished in time. Also, it's all over the place right now, on TV, for DVD rent, etc. so I wasn't sure it would be welcomed.

One reason I like this story though is partly because of what I see is the message. That taking one's life is essentially a cowardly act or the decision of a mentally ill mind. Last year I lost a friend to suicide and learned a lot about the psychological impact of the act. During the holidays there are some who have thoughts of suicide and I hope that they will see that message.

In "A Coward" we see the thoughts the protagonist goes through. Are any worth dying for? Who would run from life just because of those reasons? The protagonist does and by doing so is named by the author as a coward.

I will have a more typically seasonal tale soon though.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Hello E, thank you so much for reading the story. It was great to hear, I enjoyed listening. I'm glad you liked it, and am honored you included it as a podcast.


4:42 PM  

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