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#2742765 in Books 1997-09-26 1997-09-26Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 .89 x 6.96 x 9.42l, 1.45 #File Name: 0688145817224 pages | File size: 67.Mb O. Henry : The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories (Books of Wonder) before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories (Books of Wonder): 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisestBy John P. Jones IIIIt is that time of year again to do mellow. Traditionally at Christmas I have posted a review of one of the childrens books in French that I once read to my kids in the days of yore. But I have run out of those books, and am not purchasing any more until the grandkids arrive So, I recalled one from my own youth. Admittedly, I had never read this before, and only saw the movie, faithfully shown on TV at Christmas, but thanks to Kindle I was able to read it in much less time than watching the movie.O. Henry was an American short story writer who lived from 1862 to 1910, and alas drank himself to death. This is his most popular story, and it has endlessly been produced, modified and
even parodied. Mrs. James Dillingham Young, more commonly called Della, has scrimped and saved, and bargained hard with merchants, but only has a $1.87 to show for it, and she needs $21 to buy the watch chain for her husbands most prized position: an inherited gold watch.. She decides to sell her most prized position, her luxuriant long hair, and secures 20 bucks. Meanwhile, her husband is on the same wavelength and it does not require much imagination to guess the actions he undertakes to obtain a valued gift for his wife. Each sacrifices what is most precious to them for the other, negating the utility, but not the meaning of their sacrifice.In the written version of the story, O. Henry provided the following anti-brand statement, long before brands became a dominant consideration: properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation as all good things should do. A straightforward Christmas tale on that ever so elusive true meaning thereof: 4-stars.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Read this at least once a year!By ChloeI read The Gift of the Magi as a child, then adolescent, and adult. During three years while I lived in NYC, I went into Pete's Tavern and sat in the booth where O. Henry (William S Porter) wrote the short story, and just relaxed while my imagination ran wild.One of the greatest short story writers ever, O. Henry knew how to write about ordinary people to make them seem extraordinary. In GIFT, we are not told this young, happy couple lives in a tenement building, we are shown it in details. I loved how Della has to hang out her long hair to get it dry.A lesson about what true gift giving is all about. I've read this to my daughter and granddaughters, and we all believe this is one of the greatest tales ever written. Many struggle to exist in today's iffy economy, yet you can only hope a sense of humor remains and love deepens due to not spending a fortune on gifts, yet giving from the heart and being able to laugh no matter the outcome.Although I believe everyone knows the end of this story, I won't insert a spoiler, but I will ask that you re-read this short, especially the ending line. A tragic mix up, so filled with beautiful sentiment, it will bring a tear to the eye while bringing a smile to your heart. Be as wise as a Magi0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A nice addition that bespoke of your consideration for your customers ...By CustomerI want to thank you for not only a very quick turn around and received my book so quickly, but also for the consideration the addition of the leaflet with information regarding the history of the author of the book, a veritable font of information! A nice addition that bespoke of your consideration for your customers and of course the books and their authors. BRAVO !! I also thank you for my beautiful book, although used and very reasonable in price is almost in perfect condition even at 29 years old. The binder was unbroken; the cover without scratches or gouging; pages although being aged were clean, uncreased, totally undamaged; really a collectors gem !!! I suspect that I am actually at the better end of our deal. So, I HAD to write this review as a testament to your respect for the books you sell, their writers, as well as your customers who desire these gems from the past. I pray that books are never replaced by ebooks, although evooks they have their place and usefulness, but I have definitely become a grateful collector of these books, of whom some are no longer available anywhere else nor being published, and it would be a terrible shame if they end up fading away into obscurity, unable to be appreciated by the new generations to come. Many thanks. C. Grant-Olson One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.... Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.In the beloved title story of this handsome collection, a man and woman each long to bring home just the right gift for the other. But with so little money, how can there be hope? The poignant twists and heartwarming conclusion of this perfect plum of a story help explain the lasting appeal of this most American of authors.Writing under the famous pseudonym 0. Henry, William Sydney Porter breathed life into characters, creating moments that touch readers with their sensitivity and humanity. He portrayed lovelorn cowboys and headstrong urbanites with the same authentic touch, using sympathy, irony, and the wit for which he is justly famous. About the AuthorWilliam Sydney Porter (18621910)better known as O. Henryis one of the world's most widely published writers. A master of the short story, he is the author of more than six hundred tales that have been translated into nearly every language. He is best known for his stories about New York City, which include The Gift of the Magi and The Purple Dress.The illustrated volume of The Gift of the Magi, contains 0. Henry's finest work, including the hilarious Ransom of Red Chief, in which a small boy tortures his kidnappers until the criminals are reduced to begging his parents to take him back. Michael Dooling's fifteen lush color plates capture the heart of each story with a blend of realism, sentiment, and humor. Longtime admirers of 0. Henry, as well as those who have yet to experience the pleasure of reading this master of the short story, will be enchanted by this wonderful collection.