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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Myna Classics (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907245014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907245015
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Those with fond sentiment for O. Henry's short stories should understand why this is his only novel. Although there are some trademark plot twists and well-crafted character sketches, the effect is muted by the rambling, cobbled together style. These loosely related tales of scamps and underdogs in an unstable Central American republic contain some clever images, as well as some dated, derogatory language. Lloyd James navigates this murky area admirably, de-emphasizing the crude name-calling by voicing it largely without malice. He simply speaks the vernacular as naturally as he creates the characters' accents. James's agile pacing and overall breezy approach work favorably on this insubstantial material. D.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Po' Boy on December 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am glad O Henry escaped from his Texas prison, because his period of exile in Honduras provided him with beautiful fodder for this book. Actually, it is a series of linking vignettes about a mythical town (Coralio) in the mythical Central American "Banana Republic" of Anchuria. The protagonists are American and other foreign misfits who have formed a colony along the disease ridden coast of Anchuria. Achingly funny stories populate Cabbages and Kings, especially the one about an Irish Soldier of Fortune who gets swindled by a Guatemalan general and seeks revenge. Although extremely humourous, Cabbages and Kings is historically valuable as well. It provides an accurate representation of turn-of-the-century life in Caribbean Honduras.
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By Jay Toser on April 5, 2009
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This appears to be part of a series of books printed by Doubleday, Page & Co. containing most of O'Henry's short stories. Originally the books were printed between 1904 and 1919 by P.F Collier & Son. This particular collection was reprinted in 1922. I cannot be sure, but I believe the entire series was 12 books total. Each book in this 1922 series is titled by the first short story in the book, but there are always around 20 to 30 different stories in each book.

This volume, Cabbages and Kings, contains nineteen short stories in 312 pages: The Proem: By the Carpenter; "Fox-in-the-Morning"; The Lotus and the Bottle; Smith; Caught; Cupid's Exile Number Two; The Phonograph and the Graft; Money Maze; The Admiral; The Flag Paramount; The Shamrock and the Palm; The Remnants of the Code; Shoes; Ships; Masters of Arts; Dicky; Rouge et Noir; Two Recalls; and The Vitagraphoscope.
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While on the run from U.S. authorities, O. Henry had to spend a season or so in Honduras at the beginning of the 20th century and this fun story of crooked foreigners and ambitious locals was oen of the results. The fact that its title is drawn from Through the Looking Glass is hardly surprising, for this master of dialogue, nuance, and the lives of little people would appear to be at home in this strangely warped country of "Anchuria." Literary connoisseurs will say that, in formulating magical realism, Garcia Marquez drew extensively from Faulkner. Maybe so, but he could just as easily have read O. Henry and gotten some of the same inspiration. This audio version is well-arranged, the narration clear and attractive.
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