Who doesn’t love going to bed reading a short story to mark the perfect finish to a glorious day. We have all read short stories in our childhood but there are some stories that never get old. No matter when or how many times you read then, they still seem to work their magic on you. You get a medium to escape reality. They make you laugh, cry, wonder and lost all at the same time. Reading short stories is a trip down the memory lane, so here is a list of few stories that every person will cherish their whole journey called life. Hookedupon brings you this article of short stories for adults, stories worth mentioning and worth reading.
#1 The Eyes Have It by Ruskin Bond
A remarkable story is an excellent example of irony where two blind strangers indulge in a wonderful conversation in the train compartment where both of them try to hide the fact from each other that they are blind. It remains a beautiful classic and is worth reading again and again among the books on human nature.
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#2 The Last Leaf by O.Henry
A woman suffering from pneumonia thinks that she will die the day the last leaf falls from the vine outside her window. An artist residing in the same apartment building saves her life by painting the last leaf on the vine on a stormy night. When she gets well, she gets to know that the leaf was not real and the artist died of pneumonia saving her life.
#3 January Night by Premchand
Also known as Poos Ki Raat the story deals with the issue of feudalism prevalent at that time. A poor couple had to deal with the landlord as they saved the money for buying a blanket for cold winter nights to keep the husband warm (basically alive) as the he had to sleep outdoors with his dog to guard the farm. Premchand ties the social evils with politics and brings it out through literature.
#4 The Wife’s Letter by Rabindranath Tagore
This is one of the most beautiful stories you will ever read. A wife writes a letter to her husband from Puri describing him about what it meant be his wife and the daughter in law in his family. She gives detailed descriptions of her sufferings as well as the plight of women. Establishing the free-will of female in a patriarchal structure it remains a perfect exemplar for ideal books about society.
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#5 The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
In the story, a traveling salesman is transformed into a monstrous vermin. The story unfolds as Gregor and his family try to deal with the situation. However, in the end, Gregor dies and the family is relieved as Gregor had almost lost all human instinct and had become a burden for the family. Kafka leaves a simple story that stands only for an objective view for his own thoughts and dreams. He focuses the readers’ attention on a single character that symbolizes himself and his life, not of every man as some authors do and thus remains one of the best short stories for adults to read.
#6 The Chameleon by Anton Chekhov
This is named as one of the best short fiction short stories for adults. The police superintendent’s opinion about a three-legged dog that he comes across in the market changes with the people’s opinion on who is the actual owner of the dog. The author has depicted the human tendency of “changing colors as the chameleon” with changing circumstances in a humorous way.