Thoughts by O.Henry, Airmont 1963 (orig 1906), 189 pages
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.”
4 thoughts on “The Four Million and other stories”
I didn’t know he’s from Greensboro. Carl and I went through there earlier this year and thought the part we saw was charming.
I have several books of O Henry and I often run across them in second hand or op shops. I live in Australia so I didn’t think I would find him. I agree, you can’t read him all at once. One or two stories at a time to enjoy then do something else and come back.
I’m not the biggest fan of short stories but we’re reading them for book club in February. Maybe that’ll change my mind 🙂