I consider this book one of my favorites now. Reading it made me realize that as human beings , we need a a proper ending of our lives, and how our minds play a role in creating that end as a final solution ..
Peyton Farquhar - the main character- was eager to become a soldier, live like one, and even die like one . He was manipulated and then hanged. In the seconds that separated him from his trivial insignificant death, his brain created a new scene, a heroic death, and gave him the closure he needed .. He became a superman .. dogged bullets , went to a dark, lonely and tiring path to reach his safe place with his family ..
Mr. Bierce 's creativity went beyond the impossible, to describe the last thoughts of condemned man, was and still pure genius .
I quote :
"Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him"
"in a moment the visible world seemed to wheel slowly round, himself the pivotal point, and he saw the bridge, the fort, the soldiers upon the bridge, the captain,the sergeant, the two privates, his executioners. They were in silhouette against the blue sky."