The Bitter End

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
A body has been washed up on the shore, and as he begins his journey to confirm whether it is that of his estranged father, Thomas reflects upon the misery that man brought into his life, and questions whether everyone would be better off if his father truly were dead. From indie story-teller Les Rolt comes a gripping tale exploring the scars that the past leave upon us. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
  • Words: 6,650
  • Language: British English
  • ISBN: 9781310363962
About Les Rolt

Les Rolt is an occassional short story writer who has won no literary awards, not one - but he has had work banned from writing competitions which he found flattering. He hasn't written for any major newspapers, he doesn't blog, doesn't teach, and does not perform spoken word poetry.

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Review by: tinkertrain on Jan. 13, 2015 :
Les Rolt has been a delightful surprise for me. The writing is introspective and meditative, it delves into the memories that make us, us, in the form of Thomas remembering his father. Thomas's trip to the morgue to verify a body as his dad brings up a lot of baggage that he hadn't counted on, and explores the man who shaped his childhood and the implications of possibly losing him. A great debut short story from a rising writer.
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Review by: Derrick Frances on Jan. 13, 2015 :
An introspective view of life

I picked up this short story thinking it would be interesting and enjoyable, but I got a more philosophical read than I was intending. To me this book speaks of longing, of trying to make sense of this world and the relationships we develop or hope to have. The writing beautifully goes between the main character’s present actions, to memories that are jogged by his surroundings. This story is told so smoothly and vividly that I could easily picture the scenes and feel the emotions Thomas is experiencing. The ending was perfect, causing me to keep reflecting on this story for some time. Beautiful and sad at the same time.
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Review by: Anna A on Jan. 11, 2015 :
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was very different from my usual reading material. I stayed up way too late reading and I didn't stop until I finished the story. I was so curious to find out if the body that had been washed up on the shore was Thomas's father. I felt as if I was sitting in the car besides Thomas and was experiencing all his thoughts as he uncovered the secrets from his past.
The author is very descriptive which really makes the scenes come alive in your imagination .The story is well developed, imaginative and flows beautifully. I found it to be extremely enjoyable, kept me glued to my Kindle from page one to the end. It’s a quick read yet it is packed with a powerful suspenseful and thrilling plot. You really will be completely captivated and fully immersed into this story until its climactic ending! It is beautifully written and nearly impossible to put down. I highly recommend it!
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Review by: iamesi on Jan. 11, 2015 :
This is a really great short story. From the beginning of the story I became attached with the idea of getting to know his father. This stories shared about the main character's father helped you to understand or at least assume how he felt. I think those reflections really helped to shape The Bitter End and it was a great way to provide character development. I look forward to reading other stories by Rolt.
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