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The Second Descent: 03/13/08
"The Second Descent" by Richard Paul Russo is the fifth story in the March issue.
Rafael, Iliana and Father Dominic are making their second descent down an unnamed mountain but from how it's described, it could be Everest.
The descents, first and second, are told through Rafael's muddled, oxygen starved point of view. We only get glimpses of his life and the circumstances of the climb. We never though have a reference point outside the realm of Rafael's confused state of mind to get a clear picture of what's happening.
"The Second Descent" is a story to ponder over and reread. It's the sort of story that would make a good prompt for an essay in a literature class.
For more on the story, please see the interview posted the magazine's blog.