Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Best of O. Henry

The Best of O. Henry
by O. Henry

Back in 2010 or so, I read one of my daughters' school books, The Best Short Stories of O. Henry. It was a collection of some very entertaining fiction written around the turn of the 20th Century. I was pleased to have a copy on my shelf... until my eldest daughter moved out and took the book with her. So I added the book (along with many others) to my want list. Last fall, I thought I found it. Oh, sure, this one was hardcover and the cover illustration was... different, but it had the same great tales, like "Gift of the Magi", "The Last Leaf", and "The Ransom of Red Chief".

Well, when I actually read through the book, I realized that I had purchased different collection. It had a few tales I hadn't read before and was lacking at least one I had remembered from the other "best". But in the end the book was still a gem. O. Henry deftly plays with words and settings, taking the reader on a brief journey into the lives of his character. The twist endings which he indulges in are occasionally predictable, but often amusing.

LibraryThing link

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