Men Who Wish to Drown From the Falmouth Historical Society CollectionCited as the only extant firsthand record of a mermaid encounter in New England waters this deathbed letter from a great grandfather to his great grands

  • Title: Men Who Wish to Drown
  • Author: Elizabeth Fama Anna Balbusso Elena Balbusso
  • ISBN: 9781466827158
  • Page: 119
  • Format: ebook
  • From the Falmouth Historical Society CollectionCited as the only extant firsthand record of a mermaid encounter in New England waters, this deathbed letter from a great grandfather to his great grandson is likely an instructive fiction a parable of regret Supposedly corroborating the mermaid story, a ship s log in the collections of the Provincetown Historical MuseFrom the Falmouth Historical Society CollectionCited as the only extant firsthand record of a mermaid encounter in New England waters, this deathbed letter from a great grandfather to his great grandson is likely an instructive fiction a parable of regret Supposedly corroborating the mermaid story, a ship s log in the collections of the Provincetown Historical Museum of the schooner Hannah, which plucked Mr Stanton from South Weepecket in 1788, indicates that the crew saw two figures on the island prior to his rescue, but failed to locate a second victim However, regarding accuracy and reliability, this is the same crew, under Captain John Merriweather, that reported sightings of a ghost ship and not one, but two sea monsters James S Rucker, Archivist, Family Collections, Falmouth Historical Society, 1924Companion story to Monstrous Beauty.

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    1. “When you give your heart to the ocean, you either drown, or spend your life wishing you had drowned.”you know me - you know i have read all kinds of stories about what happens when a man or a woman succumbs to the love of a creature not quite human. this is the story of what happens when they don't; the missed connections version of monsterporn. and it's gorgeous. it takes the form of a deathbed letter by mr. resolved harry stanton to his great-grandson thomas, in which he recounts an exper [...]

    2. Read this free digital short on Tor set in the Monstrous Beauty world.LOOK AT THAT COVER IMAGE! *swoons*

    3. So everyone who's friends with me knows I am obsessed with mermaids, right? I mean, it's in my profile under "interests." I love mermaids. I find them fascinating and think their history and mythology from all cultures is very unique. There is just one thing I have never been able to stomach about the whole original "Little Mermaid" tale by Hans Christian Anderson. She accepts her fate and dies when the prince she loves marries another. Bitch. You're a mermaid. There ARE (ahem) other fish in the [...]

    4. Choose wisely when your time comes. Live—or die—without regret. Mermaids are amazing, and it's hard to get enough of their legends. At least I haven't had my personal fill of them yet, they seem hard for me to find other than mere glimpses in stories. This is a short story - again, only a mere glimpse of a mermaid tale. The writing is haunting and lovely, the main character a weak man who lives to regret not taking a chance. The writer's pause between reflective thought and her subtlely in d [...]

    5. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

      I saw a woman—only a little more than a flash of pale skin and white hair, and she was gone. It was a brainsick reverie, I knew. I longed to allow myself to tumble in, but I hesitated, as I always did, lacking purpose even to die.Resolved Henry Stanton has led a long and prolific life, now – at its end – he writes to his great-grandson of love and regret. He writes of the fantastical world of mermaids; and the impossibility of loving and being loved by one. This short story is really just [...]

    6. I have led a life that most men envy. I achieved health and wealth almost without effort. But as a young man the future was unknown and there were two paths before me. In my nineteenth year I tasted the nectar of truly living, and I might have leapt over the chasm of the ordinary into the ravishment of an ecstatic extraordinary, but I turned away from it.I skipped past the introduction and didn't realize this was the same author of "monstrous beauty" (which I didn't care for, not the fault of th [...]

    7. “When you give your heart to the ocean, you either drown, or spend your life wishing you had drowned.”Beautifully written and poignant

    8. "When you give your heart to the ocean, you either drown, or spend your life wishing you had drowned.”So freaking good!

    9. A man could suffer with his death, and I daresay most do, but mine had no agony. Have you wondered what dying is like? I shall tell you the end of it, the release, which must be the same for all men: Darkness folds around you, just as soft water closes around a stone tossed into a pond, claiming it.Karen's review has me in a review-by-poetry frame of mind. I had a high school English teacher who argued that "The Road Not Taken" was the most misinterpreted poem in all of American literature:I sha [...]

    10. I don't normally enjoy short stories, specially if they're not part of any series because I need time to feel my characters and short stories can't provide me with that. That being said,Men Who Wish to Drown was a beautiful yet sad story of a man, writing his grandson a letter about something that happened to him during his youth and how he met someone very dear.Like I explained, I didn't grow to like the characters, 32 pages is very short, but I believe the message it conveys is pretty importan [...]

    11. “When you give your heart to the ocean, you either drown, or spend your life wishing you had drowned.”When you have nothing to do, go to torSeriously.Elizabeth Fama wrote the only mermaid story I have read and liked, Monstrous Beauty. This short is a good prequel, could have been better, could have been shorter, but couldn’t have had a better moral. And that’s all I ask for a short story to have. No perfect characters, no perfect story line, just a good moral. And this one has it.Anyone [...]

    12. «In my nineteenth year I tasted the nectar of truly living, and I might have leapt over the chasm of the ordinary into the ravishment of an ecstatic extraordinary, but I turned away from it.[] I will not recount my many instances of weakness except to say that at every turn I have chosen the safer, narrower path; I have planted potatoes instead of wild roses; I have drunk water instead of wine.[] I was a fool»Esta es la carta de un bisabuelo a su bisnieto, hablándole de los remordimientos que [...]

    13. "With this missive I hope to bequeath to you something more valuable than your portion of my estate: the wisdom to seize joy when it unexpectedly presents itself, and to hold it tight in the face of your own rationality."I was surprised by the emotional punch this story carried in a short 17 pages. It also achieved something which (for me) is quite rare, that was to interest me in the story despite the fact that I wasn't impressed by the MC. I usually need to “like” a MC to connect with him/ [...]

    14. The best way I could think to describe the feel of this story is as a "salty sea-dog tale" written appropriately in an epistolary style. As is characteristic of seamen's yarns, it is mysterious and wistful and full of tense longing and regret… all of which is pretty impressive for such a short story.

    15. 5 Stars it deserves it!A lyrical ballad of love. Spine-tingling and heartbreakingly beautiful. Now this is what a mermaid tale should be written like. Touching and moving, I just really hope the story did resolve itself despite not really knowing what happens next. I only which it was longer.

    16. Live—or die—without regret.Here book, take my heart.(Thank you Tash for the tip. :) You can read this little gem here.)

    17. Men Who Wish To Drown is a story written in a form of a letter by Resolved Henry Stanton. This letter was found amongst the collection of the Falmouth Historical Society of records of mermaid encounters in New England waters. Resolved Henry Stanton’s letter was addressed to his great-grandson, Thomas, where he told a story of how he met an extraordinary creature of the sea. Although the society deems it a fictional tale of a man on his deathbed, the question still remains to those who read thi [...]

    18. I was intrigued by the blurb for Monstrous Beauty, and since I probably can't get my hands on that book for a while, I jumped at the chance to read this short story. I think it's a sort of prequel or a teaser - not really sure about that - but it definitely got me even more interested in reading the novel.The story is basically a letter from Resolved "Henry" Stanton to his grandson, delivered after his death. It recounts his encounter with a mermaid, Syrenka, and how it changed his life. The sto [...]

    19. 4 out of 5 starsThis is a short Mermaid story that I would recommend you reading after you have read Monstrous Beauty, other wise you may be confused. It is a well written great addition to Monstrous Beauty just tying in more of the pieces and I just love the romance and the choices that are made and the consequences that they all have to live with in this world that Elizabeth Fama created! I personally loved this short story because all the things I liked about Monstrous Beauty this had and all [...]

    20. 2.5 No puedo evitar pensar que el viejo era un boludo, tenía que "Let it go". C'mon, hombre. No solo dejó a la chica sino que se paso toda la puta vida arrepintiéndose por eso, ni el mismo se permitió ser feliz ni le dio una oportunidad a su vida con Martha. O sea, jodete. Alpiste perdiste. Get over it.No me vengas con boludeces, me pareció sentimentalismo barato y me recordó que no soy una persona sentimental. PD: Soy tan cruel.

    21. A really delightful short story, delivered as a letter to a great grandson, of regret and lovelorn, traveling a watery passage well worn by other authors,but not much better told than here. I owe its discovery to my friend Karen, who reads much in the Tor universe, which I may take up as well, though perhaps not some of the stranger tales she chooses. But this one was very nice.

    22. Mermaids and regrets make for absorbing reading. This TOR short story has that New England-ish gothic scent to it, so I was hooked fairly quickly. Do we really know all that lurks beneath the seas? I think not. Live your life without regrets.Book Season = Summer (calm water)

    23. For Full Review go to seeingdoubleinneverlandsp4 out of 5 stars It is a well written great addition to Monstrous Beauty just tying in more of the pieces!

    24. I love it when mermaid stories are done well. I'm going to pick up Monstrous Beauty at the next opportunity. Fast paced and engaging, I like the writing in this story of regret and I'm ready to meet Syrenka to see what she's made of.

    25. Men Who Wish to Drown is a fabulous companion to Monstrous Beauty- which happens to be one of my favorite books of the year.Fama's writing is vivid and heart-wrenching and her MC of choice is provoking and genuine. I loved every second of it.And I wish this cover were the actual cover of the novel! It's my favorite of the three!

    26. lkgjldfgkhfkh This makes me wish Monstrous Beauty had been all about Syrenka all over again. That half of the book was flawless and ethereal. I love the way this author writes that time and the way she writes the mermaids.

    27. Wow, this was great! This short story was as well-written, vivid and compelling as the mermaid it portrays.

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