This is a short story by a talented writer from the US, Mr. Ambrose Bierce. It was first published back in 1890 more than 100 years ago, but it's still as relevant and resonating as a century ago. The story is set during the American Civil War and comes with a twisty epilog, strong narrative and the absence of a straight, linear time sequence.
Most of the critics praise the author for abandoning the classic laws of the genre in favor of the complex-yet-brilliant internal mind of the main character of the book. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is one of the very first examples of a writer using loose narrative to experiment with the stream of consciousness. And that's why this short story is so important and is greatly valued by the critics.
It brought something new, fresh and exciting to the table, and Bierce inspired a whole line-up of gifted writers to follow his footsteps and create their own masterpieces in this sub-genre. As for the story's main idea, it's message, the author claims that there is no glory in any war, let alone romance and love. He talks about the terrifying loss that war brings and how irrelevant human lives become during a civil war.
When people start killing each other, all the vices of mankind are brought to the front and it all results in pointless death and ruthless punishment. The bottom line is - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is not the greatest story about the Civil War in the United States, nor is it an exciting love story and/or drama. But it is, most certainly, a fundamental book with a huge legacy. Ambrose Bierce created an immortal story that will live on and on.