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The Gift of the Magi Hardcover – September 9, 2008
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In a world where every holiday (especially Christmas) has been commercialized this book is a symbol of the true meaning of giving. Before you get lost in the hustle and bustle (or if you unfortunately already have) do yourself and your loved ones a favor and pick up this book. It's a great gift for children of all ages and adults too. This is a gift from the heart to give at Christmas.
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Jim and Della Young are a wretchedly poor young married couple. Della has just $1.87 to buy a Christmas gift for Jim and between them they have precious little of any value:
Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim's gold watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's. The other was Della's hair. Had the Queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out of the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy.
Well, you either know the rest or else I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. Suffice it to say that O. Henry leaves us with the following thought:
The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men-who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.Read more ›
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Everyone should have a copy of this story. The great O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) had a soft spot for down-and-out folks, New Yorkers and ordinary folks. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joanna D.
great little book. wonderful message. i heard the story many years ago and it stuck in my mind. now i know its name and authorPublished 4 days ago by Paul Schulze
It's a great sentiment, but alas the prose itself only okay. Worth rereading nevertheless. I'm required to write six more wPublished 14 days ago by JOCO
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Continues to be a great story. Mind you it's getting a bit dated, It would be great to park it for a few Christmases.Published 21 days ago by Samhaingeal