The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis

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by James Hurst
     
 

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“The Scarlet Ibis” is a short story written by novelist James Hurst. It was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1960 and won the “Atlantic First” award.

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“The Scarlet Ibis” is a short story written by novelist James Hurst. It was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1960 and won the “Atlantic First” award.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015708448
Publisher:
Rex Press (www.Rex-Press.com)
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
17
Sales rank:
282,197
File size:
50 KB

Meet the Author

James Hurst was born January 1, 1922, near Jacksonville, North Carolina. He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia and studied chemical engineering at North Carolina State College. However, following military service in World War II, he decided to be an opera singer and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and in Italy. In 1951, Hurst abandoned his musical career and became a banker in New York for the next thirty-four years. He wrote plays and short stories in his spare time. “The Scarlet Ibis” was his only piece that gained widespread recognition.

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The Scarlet Ibis 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good & detailed but it made me cry! Anyway i highly reccomend this book! Very touching!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing bet book ever. It made me cry though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We read this book today in my 9th grade honors english class and it made realize how lucky I am to have the sisters that I have. I feel like I need to treat them with a lot of love and respect and not let pride get in the way of love. Truly, you never know when loved ones will leave this world so treat every day like it is the last one you have together. Younever know if your worst day will be your last one. Seriously though, everyone in my class was almost in tears and we were all in awe wih the deep meaning of this story.
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hacyco More than 1 year ago
I read this as a freshmen in high school. This book showed me how enjoyable reading could be.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my 9th grade English Class. I remember my teacher pausing while reading the ending because it was so heart wrenching. As reading this book, the author makes you stop and think about what he is trying to compare. The use of symbolism in the story is amazing. This story is always going to be one of those books that makes you take out a box of kleenex's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this short story in my English class at school, and it was the best we read all year. The story is so touching, and I literally almost cried at the end. The symbolism was very intuitive, and there werer even aspects of the symbolism I didn't catch right away. If you are looking for a short story with a good message, characters, and plot, I'd definitely reccomend 'The Scarlet Ibis.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only word to describe this story is 'SPECTACULAR'! I read this book in school and it was the best one yet! I love the format because everything is very descriptive. The one thing I didn't like was when Doodle .... well, you need to find out for yourself! READ THE BOOK IT'S MARVELOUS
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this story for my english class, and while i was sitting in class i had to stop because i didnt want to cry in the class. It's an amazing story that has a wonderful story line and will touch your heart in many ways! I would definitly read this story ASAP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best short stories ever written by an American author. The use of symbolism and foreshadowing are simply the best you'll find anywhere. I first read this book in 9th grade, some 30 years ago, and I've never forgotten it. I can't think of to many short stories that have that kind of staying power, but this one does. I still remember some of the students in my class crying when we finished this book. I don't want to give any of the story away, trust me you'll want to read this one for yourself. I will say that as a short story about the bonds of brotherhood and acceptance, this one may not have an equal. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My English teacher assigned this short story to us and I believed it was just going to be another boring read like the other stories he told us to read. Perhaps that is why this book captured my attention so much! It wasn't at all like the others, it was so real. I love this story and the beauty of it. The love between the brother and Doodle is compelling, and the fact that the theme of pride in this story applies to real life is compelling as well. I strongly suggest you read it, for it is tragically beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you will enjoy this book a lot it will leave you waiting for more and when you read the first sentence it will capture you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i read this book i had so many feelings inside of me while reading it. I knew that at some point of the story Doodle was going to die because of foreshadowing events that occured. At the end of this story i felt different about life. Even though i am just an only child it did not change the way i felt about a younger brother. But it still made me wonder wat would have happened if i did have a younger brother wat would be my reaction. Well not matter wat i still liked this book because it made me feel different about the people around me. It taught me a valuable lesson in life which is you should never just love someone because they are your family member you should love them no matter what because you dont know what might happen to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book in school for 8th grade. I loved how the descriptions were just like they are in some places where i live. He describes the life of the boys, of them playing in the swamp, so well. I've had to read it again this year and now i fully appriciat it. The smybolism is amazing and they story will truely touch your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will definitely get you thinking about life. The symbolism and setting of this book is absolutely incredible. Although a bit sad, i think this is a great book for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most tragically real stories I have ever read. It is a sad tale of an older brother who is ashamed of his crippled younger brother and forces him to participate in strenuous exercise like the 'normal' kids. Well, you'll have to read the end, but this was sad, I cried like baby after reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Scarlet Ibis', I have to say, is one of the most convicting stories I have read. After reading 'The Scarlet Ibis' I was ammotionally 'stirred' and began to think about how the story related to me. I, myself, have been unkind to my brother, much like doodle, and I began to feel how much I am attached to him, this book is a MUST READ for anyone who loves their brothers (or beleive they hate them)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, I read it in my English class. I'm only in 9th grade! It is the best and its sad to, but its a good book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY 7TH GRADE TEACHER FROM THIS YEAR ASSIGNED US TO THIS BOOK AND IT IS SOOO GOOD BUT KINDA SAD :(. I LOVE HOW DESCRIPTIVE IT IS, AND I LOVE HOW THE SETTING SOUNDS LIKE WHERE I LIVE ( A PARISH DIRECTLY BELOW NEW ORLENS ) ANYWAY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK EVEN THOUGH ITS SHORT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best short stories I have ever read. It was so emotionally well-written I read it almost every month. It makes me feel the love for my sister and the regret I feel whenever we fight. I would recommend this to anyone young or old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not one to really understand all the literary elements as in irony and symbolism, but when I read this great story, it all fit together like one big puzzle. I could not believe that it was this easy. I guess something so profound as the Scarlet Ibis was what I needed to get my butt moving in to understanding literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many years ago, my 9th grade English teacher had us read this story. To this day, I still remember that Doodle was unable to conform to society. It's nice to know that the story is still loved.