Richard Connell: The Most Dangerous Game

Another short story that is not too short but well worth reading.

Rainsford falls overboard but manages to swim to the shore. But it’s not a warm welcome that he gets from the few occupants on the jungly island. He finds himself that he is now caught between the devil and the deep sea. General Zaroff is a hunter and has settled there to indulge in his pastime. Small fry doesn’t fascinate him: he looks for big, challenging game. He recognises Rainsford as a famous hunter and so he makes a proposition to the person who has chanced upon the retreat. The hunt begins. A battle of wits between the hunter and the “huntee”.

A story that I classify under ‘adventure’, ‘thriller’, and ‘suspense’.

Another of those stories whose last line would be etched into your mind forever.

Quote:

“The world is made up of two classes — the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters.”

Link

http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/danger.html
 
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3 Responses to Richard Connell: The Most Dangerous Game

  1. Ganesh says:

    The first short story which had me on my toes literally!

    After finishing the reading, I Googled further and found out that this is a very famous story which even won the O.Henry prize for the best short when it was published.

    The last sentence, as you have mentioned in your post, is very suggestive and unforgettable.

    By the way, the 1932 film adaptation seems to have a slightly altered storyline, with a more concrete ending!

    • cgrishikesh says:

      Ganesh,
      Thanks for following my blog.
      Sorry, as Admin I have deleted a part of your Comment as that revealed the end.
      I would say the beauty of the story lies in that last sentence. The reader easily infers what happened; elaborate descriptions of the hunt and strategems deployed therein have been given; so reticence at the end is in order.

  2. Very scary! Blood-curdling! Bone-chilling! A bit nauseating! I read through with a palpitating heart! Even wondered who should be sued if I suffered a heart attack!!! How beastly, inhuman an idea of ‘game’ born out of sheer ennui! A sure sign of madness of a sort!!! God save us all!

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