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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A free, fun book for Kindle
While O. Henry's stories were most certainly not written recently, they are consistently well written; sometimes comical, sumetimes sad, and many times absolutely wonderful. Henry uses powerful language, themes speaking of the social classes in New York during this era, and often vivid imagery. While his introductions may seem quite repetitive, each story is unique and...
Published on April 11, 2011 by SDD

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Old New York: Wodehouse-- with a Twist
This anthology contains 21 tales set in New York City at the dawn of the twentieth century, plus the bonus of 4 tales set in the exotic tropics of a fictitious banana republic. O. Henry focuses his curious literary microscope on the diverse lives of various residents of this famous metropolis. Some of his protagonists can claim idle-rich status, but more represent the...
Published on December 7, 2001 by Plume45


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A free, fun book for Kindle, April 11, 2011
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While O. Henry's stories were most certainly not written recently, they are consistently well written; sometimes comical, sumetimes sad, and many times absolutely wonderful. Henry uses powerful language, themes speaking of the social classes in New York during this era, and often vivid imagery. While his introductions may seem quite repetitive, each story is unique and causes one to contemplate sometimes weighty issues. The setting of the early 1900's New York provides an interesting backdrop for the stories. Overall, O. Henry's work is fascinating and provides quick relief from stresses in everyday life, and it certainly helps that this book is free for Kindle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O. Henry, March 9, 2013
The man who invented the twist ending. Some are better than others but they are all O. Henry. He is timeless
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Old New York: Wodehouse-- with a Twist, December 7, 2001
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This anthology contains 21 tales set in New York City at the dawn of the twentieth century, plus the bonus of 4 tales set in the exotic tropics of a fictitious banana republic. O. Henry focuses his curious literary microscope on the diverse lives of various residents of this famous metropolis. Some of his protagonists can claim idle-rich status, but more represent the middle class and many the poverty-stricken milieus. Indulgent readers will discover the flavor of a century past, rub shoulders with men on the other side of the law, and commiserate with thwarted lovers--all the while expecting the trademark
O. Henry ending with a Twist.
But the author's
style reminds us of Wodehouse's moonstruck romantic pairs and even predate TV's innocuous "Love, American Style" episodes, in which we do not take their amorous escapades seriously. Then, to throw us off guard, he spikes the anthology with a few pathetic and even tragic stories. One wonders if he was gently trying to raise the social consciousness of the literate public.
Various ethnic cgroups with their inherent city-acquired bigotry become the target of his witty pen, especially the Irish but also Italians. After all, his beloved olde New York was a true melting pot from the Ellis Island kitchen.
Narrated in first as well as third person, these stories incorporate
flagrant slang and one actually boasts a canine narrator! They
challenge contemporary readers with antiquated vocabulary
intermingled with literary, Biblical and artsy reference. O. Henry will repeatedly send one to a dictionary or encyclopedia with his liberal sprinkling of foreign words. Like the British before him, O Henry contemplates the danger of the temptations of a tropical Paradise. Will Yankees "Go native?" as so many English did before them? Of course,the real cocoanut conundrum is to choose your five favorites!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars four million is great, December 31, 2012
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I have just finished reading Ohenrys book of short stories and I have to say that I was very pleased,his style of writing is so unique,he has a way of telling about life and its dreams and downfalls are so down to earth that you feel that you are there,I will certainly continue to read his other books because they are great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read, July 25, 2013
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O.Henry's use of language, his wit and his sense of the human condition make for an enjoyable read. This is a thorough collection of his short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of O. Henry Short Stories., June 24, 2013
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Haven't read all of them; however the ones I have, are classics. Some have been read in regular book form, but enjoy them just as much on my Kindle. If you are a fan of O. Henry, I am sure you will like having all these stories in one place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New York, March 17, 2013
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this is the book i mentioned earlier and perhaps the best of the O Henry books. Another
e book you should buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, February 27, 2013
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Always wanted to read O'Henry. Great reading this book on Kindle. Always wanted to read O'Henry. Great reading this book on Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O. Henry the Master, January 25, 2013
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Karen S. Sheridan (MORRISVILLE, NY, US) - See all my reviews
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This book is just what I expected and is full of O. Henry's greatest short stories. Fast arrival time. Good shape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars O. Henry is the best, June 27, 2014
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This is a wonderful collection. As I am re-reading these stories, I still feel the same awe with O. Henry's style, wit and twist.
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