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Lesser of Evils Gerald Seward Ellenson

Lesser of Evils

Gerald Seward Ellenson

Published April 21st 2014
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In a small Minnesota town during the summer of 1954, a 14-year old boy witnesses a WWII veteran, known in town as Crazy Gunnar, throwing something into a lake from the towns community pier. At the moment, Gunnar was in the middle of an attempt toMoreIn a small Minnesota town during the summer of 1954, a 14-year old boy witnesses a WWII veteran, known in town as Crazy Gunnar, throwing something into a lake from the towns community pier. At the moment, Gunnar was in the middle of an attempt to engage in some penance for his actions during the war, forgiveness, at least his own of himself, being a seeming impossibility. His mission of penance was building into a volcano which could not be stopped from erupting. Will becomes obsessed with finding out what Gunnar threw in the lake, and why, leading Will to approach and attempt befriending him. Gunnar tells Will a tale of a tragic decision he had to make during a famous operation in Norway during the war and goes on to reveal a murder he had committed that very morning which was linked to the operations ten years before. Everyone finds themselves repeatedly faced with choosing the lesser of two (or more) evils. The lesser of evils is still evil, is it not? The questions Gunnar asks, and Will asks himself lifelong after their meeting, are how much evil one is willing to do, how much evil can be lived with -- and how much evil one can do before becoming, ones self, irredeemably evil. The story weaves some facts of history with fiction. The characters, though fictitious, are drawn from life.