The Taste of Melon is one of the set texts of the IGCSE 2010 syllabus.
It’s about a person who recalls his inconsiderate doing as a sixteen year-old of stealing a watermelon.
The boy had just moved to a new home with his parents and had stolen a watermelon from the fiery Mr. Wills, whom nobody dares to touch his crops.
Mr. Wills had raised the biggest watermelon in the country and was guarding his patch with a gun.
When the boys and his friends passed by Mr. Will’s patch one night, the boy successfully manages to steal the great seed melon and enjoy it with his friends.
Mr. Wills soon discovers about his stolen watermelon and becomes desperate and angry; the boy is touched when he discovers that Mr. Wills wanted to give it to his sickly wife to make her feel better. He decides to collect the seeds and go confess to Mr. Wills with his father, expecting Mr. Wills to try to shoot him.
Instead, Mr. Wills makes a deal with the boy that they’ll grow together next year instead of this one, which is ruined.
I’ve found The Taste of Melon a very entertaining 16-page read.
The end is very ironic and witty. This short story is worth reading.
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