Gold Tithings

Gold Tithings He d never had another man belong to him not like this where the ties between them were a leash and an iron collar When Anton goes to market to buy an ox he comes home with a slave rebellious rese

  • Title: Gold Tithings
  • Author: Kate Islay
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • He d never had another man belong to him, not like this, where the ties between them were a leash and an iron collar.When Anton goes to market to buy an ox, he comes home with a slave rebellious, resentful Petre, who has nothing to say to a free man To survive on Anton s remote farm, they have to work together But trust doesn t come easily when you re a slave, and neitheHe d never had another man belong to him, not like this, where the ties between them were a leash and an iron collar.When Anton goes to market to buy an ox, he comes home with a slave rebellious, resentful Petre, who has nothing to say to a free man To survive on Anton s remote farm, they have to work together But trust doesn t come easily when you re a slave, and neither does forging a connection across the divide of an iron collar and the ghosts of the past.

    One thought on “Gold Tithings”

    1. Understated.I really don't have any useful or stunning observations. This story is peaceful, which when one thinks about all the things going on: slavery, subsistence farming, grief that it would seem overwhelming. But it's not. There's an acceptance, and unspoken choices that give the feeling of quiescence. Too short to rate higher, I feel as if we've just met Petre and Anton, and while there is a resolution of sorts it feels like not enough. Clearly, this could be a companion piece to somethin [...]

    2. A true gem! It's only a short story but, IMHO, so beautifully written that even now (long time since I read it for the first time) I simply can't forget it!!! It's totally up my alley! With a reluctant Master and a reluctant slave. Mmmmm :)The pace was so laaaaazy in a way but also not too slow as to bore me or drag the action.We actually don't see much "action" between Anton and Petre but their story seems complete. I wouldn't change a thing! (view spoiler)[ Well Maybe add some teeny-tiny epilo [...]

    3. This author has the knack for beautifully drafting the tender (but tension filled) push and pull dance between benevolent master and cautious slave until they meet in the middle as men. A somber mood and subtle acceptance of their individual circumstances and each other mark Anton and Petre's coming together. As their guards come down and vulnerabilities strengthen their bond, the lingering loneliness recedes and put the protagonists and reader at ease. This isn't a romance. It is an understandi [...]

    4. As a rule I don't read short shorts but this time I made an exception because I liked In Allegiance very much and sometimes I want to give authors money so they can keep up the good work.Turned out, that was a very good idea because that is one well-written, atmospheric story. Of course it's too short for me because I'm greedy and always want more but for its format it's pretty perfect. My problem with "short stories" very often is that they are short because the author can't think of a longer s [...]

    5. Anton goes to the market to buy an ox with his meagre income, but he buys a slave instead. Petre, his new slave, is mouthy and has a bad attitude, that was why he was doomed to die on the mines. These rough and introvert men have to negotiate a relationship through the hardships of working in the farmโ€ฆThis is a very short, but deeply moving story. Both characters are damaged, both have a lot of issues and must learn to live together in a miserable environment. Trust doesn't come easy, but thei [...]

    6. A beautiful storyAnton, an impoverished farmer , goes to town to buy an ox. Instead his buys Petyr, a slave who looks like Anton's dead lover.A beautiful, quiet story about trust and love. Not about falling in love at all. It's set maybe 2000 years ago, maybe longer, maybe a fantasy world. Because there's no history here, no culture, no philosophy, just toil and hunger and the hot sun. And growing affection and need. Sure I'd have liked a longer story about these two but it isn't rushed, it's pe [...]

    7. In a rather dystopical -not entirely- fantasy world, two solitudes meet and learn to trust each other even more than love each other.This M/M short story is quite short and could have used more pages, but everything necessary is there.

    8. Anton & PetreA simple story, simple life and people. Short. And deep anyway. Kind of unique little story that goes silently directly to your heart. Simple.๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿป๐ŸŒพโค๏ธ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‚

    9. This was okay - well-written, of course, but the ending was so sudden, I couldn't believe I'd already finished! It seemed quite slow for most of it, full of silences, but at the first hint of emotion it ended! I wish it had been a little longer, as it left me feeling a little unsatisfactory.

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