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Stephen King: A man’s life was five dogs long

This is an evocative of a paragraph as any I have read. So I will let it speak for itself.


“A man’s life was five dogs long, Cortland believed. The first was the one that taught you. The second was the one you taught. The third and fourth were the ones you worked. The last was the one that outlived you. That was the winter dog. Cortland’s winter dog was Negrita, but he thought of it only as the scarecrow dog…”

 -Stephen King, “Ur”, from the short story collection “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams”. Copyright 2015

 This passage was King imitating what a Hemingway novel would sound like had Hemingway continued writing.



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