Challenge: Back to Classics – short story category Genre: Short Stories Type/Source: Paperback / discounted books store Why I read this now: For the challenge; took me months! eek
MOTIVATION for READING: Guess what! I live in the town where O.Henry grew up. There’s a statue of him downtown; he’s Greensboro NC’s most famous citizen.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: All of these are very much “O.Henry” in style and theme. A twist at the end, down to earth people or down on their luck or just REAL, lots of clever witty banter and humor.
WHAT’s GOOD: See above.
What’s NOT so good: I really did need to take little sips of these stories and obviously could not just sit and power through. Probably just me. There do have that turn-of-the-century flavor.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Some funny, some sweet, and some quite sad. O.Henry loved people, I think.
RATING: Four slices of pie! Lemon meringue.
p.152 – “She was Aileen’s friend; and she was glad to see her rule hearts and wean the attention of men from smoking pot-pie and lemon meringue.”