Questions tagged [story-identification]

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Identify a free interpretation of the Babylonian confusion

Once I've read a story that the real reason for the Babylonian confusion was not divine at all but a striking translator guild (I am not sure whether they were slaves or just had worse payment). ...
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Trying to find a short story I read in the early 1960s about soldiers time traveling back to the civil war

A platoon of modern soldiers, after an unusual meteorological event, find themselves in the center of a civil war battle, still holding their modern weapons. The meat of the story was their ethical ...
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I'm looking for a book that my teacher wrote

My teacher recently told us that he has written multiple(?) mystery novels, but he won't tell us what it's called, and they're published under a pseudonym. This is all I know about the book: It was ...
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Looking For a Specific O. Henry Story

I once read a short story, quite convinced at the moment that it was by O. Henry, in which a grandfather figure sits down on his porch with a young boy and starts to tell him a story ... about a ...
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Old children's book about teenage girl who helps foxes

My mom (b. 1960) has long searched for this book she read in her childhood. She consulted with librarians and even wrote a letter to the Toronto Star, but none of the suggestions were it. She gave up ...
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Looking for story where a woman calls for help by pretending to be ordering meat over the phone or something

Sounds like Roald Dahl or Edgar Allan Poe, but I could be wrong. It's NOT Lamb to the Slaughter. The woman in the story is in danger somehow by a man in her house, and she manages to call for help ...
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Short story where a king uses a tiger to punish the accused

This story was a part of a collection that I read quite some time ago. Here are the details: Language: English Year: Unknown; but I read it sometime in the early 2000s (likely 2002-03). What I ...
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Short story identification: Color of the Taj Mahal, mother says “Death rides a fast horse behind me”

In grade school in the 1970s, I read a short story I would like to find again. I think it was assigned reading, a school book (reader) that one of the schools used. It may also have been in an old ...
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Looking for a story about a Confederate leader in the US civil war

This was written around the mid 20th century by an author who (I think) was also known for sci-fi, but this was about a real person and (more or less) based on real events. The protagonist was a ...
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Short story where an older lady realizes that her new beau has been murdering his wives, but decides to go with it

I was reading the TV Tropes entry for The Bluebeard and it made me recall a short story (probably less than 20 pages) I read probably in the early 2000s, I think part of a mystery anthology. The ...
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Trying to find a comic strip about “What your clothes say about you”

I recall a comic strip about the statement that your clothes make, but don't seem to be able to find it. It goes something like this: Cartoon of a Guy with great hair, smile, and a suit. Caption: ...
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Swift's Great Mystery

In his best known book, History of Shit, Dominique Laporte mentions "Swift's Great Mystery" when listing pertinent literature (pp. 100-101): The Biblioteca Scatalogica furnishes an impressive list ...
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Trying to find a particular anecdote about programming [closed]

I remember this anecdote from shortly after I graduated college, so it was on the internet at least in 2014. The point of the anecdote was that two equally valid solutions to a problem can take ...
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Story about siblings crossing the United States on foot

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago, but it felt much older. I think the prices used suggested it taking place in the 50's or 60's. (I was a european kid who never used dollars, I might be ...
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A king commissioned an ever growing map of his kingdom

I’m just paraphrasing what I remember. I believe this is from a science fiction novel. But essentially it says “A king commissioned a map of his kingdom to be made. It wasn’t inclusive enough, so it ...
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What young adult series involved a club of boys who bought a submarine?

I recall a series of young adult or children book, but cannot find the name about a group of boys who solved a detective club of sorts. They solved mysteries or other problems in their community. In ...
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Story/children's story about a middle/high school boy asking out two girls to prom

Not exactly a book, but a short story, young-adult maybe. From what I can remember, the story was relatively short, something around 20-30 pages, maybe ? I remember reading the story about 8 years ago ...
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Story from the perspective of a killer and the victim

Back when I was in school, I remember one of my English teachers telling us about a book she was about to read written from the perspective of both the killer and the killer's victim. Each chapter ...
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Children’s story: boy accidentally hits bird with stone and nurses back to health. man hurts it on purpose nurses it back to get gift

A long time I read a story where a young boy accidentally hits a bird (with a stone I think). He runs over to find it and nurses it back to health. It flies away and eventually brings him back some ...
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Looking for a story/essay by Stephen Leacock

There was a a humorous piece by Stephen Leacock (I remember reading it as a child from a late seventies Reader’s Digest) inanely titled either “How to kill a spider” or “How to make a board” or some ...
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An Indian man retires to become a hermit

I think this story was by Kipling -- it's set in India, during the British Empire. Maybe a few dozen pages in length. The plot -- An Indian man had had a successful career, as a ruler or a high ...
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Trying to find: Short story: Boy meets a man who is about to hang himself

For decades this short story has been stuck in my head. We read it in highschool English class once. As I remember it, it was about a boy leaving his home to encounter a man who was about to hang ...
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What is the Title of this fable where a Mongoose is getting married

My friend described a possible fable to me that they read as a child. They recall it being a picture book that was a fable/folk tale that had a weasel/mongoose type chacter. The main character gets ...
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Fantasy children’s novel about a boy who can’t lie

I read this book around 2010 and I need help identifying it. The first scene was of a woman who had just given birth (?, she had her newborn) and it was raining. A wizard (who have been called ...
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What is the book that has an abandoned DeSoto in it along with two raccoons?

So recently I felt a slight pang of regret for not reading enough of this really interesting book I got from the library at age 9. The plot goes something like this: 1: There is this evil crocodile ...
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Western novel series set around the civil war

I don't remember much but here's what I do remember: There were two novels featuring a group of elite Union soldiers, both would have been published around 2010, but not later than 2012. The first ...
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Russian children's book about a boy's first train journey

This is probably a Soviet-era children's book. It is about a boy's journey by train. As I remember it, not much happens plot-wise, but the boy's sense of wonder makes everything he encounters (The ...
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Which book(s): Fictional account of pre-columbian indians

I'm trying to identify a book, or series of books I read as a child. The setting was pre-columbian Central America, the protagonists belonged to a river based tribe (lots of big canoes etc). If ...
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Can anyone identify this parody of 'Consider the ant'?

Hoping you can help with this half-remembered poem that from what I can recall was written by someone who worked for the New Statesman or the Spectator in the 1970s. The opening part is: 'They say ...
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Does someone know the “Moment of Ljewin” in Anna Karenina?

I'm visiting my girl this week (long-distance relationship, different country) and at some point she told me about being a big fan of Anna Karenina. However, the copy she had read was old and falling ...
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Cold war spy novel: wife of a US rocket scientist (or journalist) is a Russian spy in disguise, but claims to actually love him

I can only remember the rough plot of a novel that I read many (15, 20?) years ago. (I am not talking about the film "Allied".) It went something like this. The wife in a US American married couple ...
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Lady sprains her ankle

I remember during my English class reading an extract of a well-known novel. It was about a lady spraining her ankle and a gentleman helping her, I recollect. I have always thought it to be from Pride ...
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“Just William” story in which school choir is mistaken for wolves

I used to have a set of "Just William" audiobooks. One of these was about when William went out for the evening with his school choir or similar, and ended up going into somebody's house, the owner of ...
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“Just William” story where he gets a mouth organ on Christmas Day

I remember listening to a "Just William" audiobook when I was younger about a Christmas Day when he received a mouth organ, and started playing it really early in the morning.
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Poem about moving beds

I remember a poem about a little girl who is with her mum and is trying to change the sleeping arrangements or something so that she can stay in her dad's bed. I remember something about the father ...
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A story about a car chase in a traffic jam

Quite some time ago (I can't really say for sure, but I think it was in the 90s) I've read a story about a car chasing in a traffic jam, and I can't figure out now what this story was, or in which ...
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Short story about a girl pursued by a fat man in the hills

The viewpoint is from a small girl who is living near to a gas station maybe in the midwest. It's a hot summer and she hears on the radio that there is a another dead child found. She goes to the gas ...
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00s (or latterly) novel which talk about a boy trying to survive in the jungle after a plane crash into a lake

I read this novel like a couple years ago (probably 4-5 years already). It's kinda old I guess and my detail maybe is not very specific but I try my best. The story is talk about a young boy (Maybe ...
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Children's book(s) with animal stories

I am trying to find a children's book(s) that I read as a kid. I read it around 1991-2000 so it could only be sooner than that, no later. I am saying books because they might be 2, although I think it ...
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Children's book with a grandmother, a musician, and a park lake?

My memories are very fuzzy, but I read a young adult novel around 20 years ago. It featured a girl and her grandmother, and there was some climax in a park with a lake, and a musician? violinist? who ...
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Story in which two brothers had to follow extremely detailed instructions to get their inheritance

I recall reading a short story a number of years ago where two brothers were each given extremely detailed (and sometimes rather tedious) instructions that they had to follow very precisely in order ...
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Book about a boy named Milo who loses his eyebrows and runs away

I read this book around 14 years ago. All I can remember about the story is that it was about a boy named Milo, who ends up losing his eyebrows and running away from home — the overall plot, from ...
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Searching for an Illustrated Children's Book with Animal Characters

I just spent the last 5 hours browsing through google, pinterest, and eBay in an attempt to find a beautifully illustrated book I loved as a child. I remember what it is generally about, but I have ...
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A book about a recently graduated psychologist / psychiatrist who meets a redhead girl who is his first patient

First I would like to clarify that I do not know if someone can answer the question because I think that the book is from Galicia and, although it was translated into Spanish, I do not know if it was ...
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A novel with a female teenage protagonist with Middle Eastern recipes interspersed with the prose

My wife is looking for a book that she read circa 2004. The novel was a “coming of age story” with a teenage protagonist. Embedded within the prose of the book were Middle Eastern (possibly Lebanese)...
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From which obituary of a male “New Republic” editor do these details sound familiar?

I read it many years ago, but infuriatingly cannot find it. It appeared in The New Republic roughly between 2003 and 2012 by a woman (I think a mentee of his) with a remarkably simple, crystalline ...
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US Civil War story: man hanged from a bridge

I read a story a long time ago about a Civil War soldier who was being hanged from a bridge but the rope broke and he escaped. It goes through all the things he went through after escaping but then it ...
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Pre Colonial Native American coming of age story about a girl who travels across the country for food

I read this book forever ago. It is a Native American inspired story about a girl whose village needs food. Her grandmother had a vision and sends her to travel across the country with a man (no real ...
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Middle Grade book read in 2001

I read this book in middle school in 2000/2001. I don’t recall that it was a popular or extremely current book, as nobody else had chosen to read it in our class, but I don’t think it could have been ...
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Book that I read in 1987 at school - trying to find

In 1987 I began high school. There was one YA novel that the school librarian put on a special part of the shelf because it was "too frightening". If this was reverse psychology it worked because I ...