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A short story I have read and enjoyed recently is The Sniper by Liam OFlaherty This is a war story which focuses on civil war violence and self-sacrifice as the theme but the main theme is the waste of civil war The story is set during long June twilight in the Irish city of Dublin in the period of a civil war in the 1930s The short story starts by introducing the main character a republican sniper fighting against the free-staters The republican sniper lit his cigarette but he was spotted an enemy sniper shot from across the street but missed Then an enemy vehicle and a woman arrived she spoke to the driver A man then appeared from the vehicle the sniper shot him and the woman Suddenly an enemy sniper shot the republican he dropped his rifle he tried to pick it up but he couldnt He ripped open his sleeve and poured some iodine into the wound he wrapped a dressing around it Then the republican had an idea placing his cap on the end of his rifle he leaned it over the parapet the enemy fired The cap fell into the street below then the republican dropped his rifle pretending to be dead The enemy sniper thinking he had killed his enemy stood up the republican drew his revolver and shot the enemy he killed him Out of curiosity the sniper walked over to see whom he had killed It was his brother The ending to me was quite surprising because on reflection there were many clues given hinting at the ending Like the fact that there was a civil war going on that was a big clue because you could be shooting a friend neighbour of family member and at the end the republican went over to see his dead enemy if this wasnt relevant to the ending it wouldnt have been mentioned Also both snipers were said
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