- Tapa blanda: 32 páginas
- Editor: Pearson Education Limited; Edición: 2 ed (27 de febrero de 2008)
- Colección: Pearson English Graded Readers
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1405842784
- ISBN-13: 978-1405842785
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº894.214 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Level 1: The Gift of the Magi & Other Stories (Pearson English Graded Readers) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 27 feb 2008
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O. Henry's stories are very famous. He writes about New York, Texas, Oklahoma. Money and love are often problems. But how is a story going to finish? You never know. Readers always remember his stories.
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O. Henry was an American short story writer who lived from 1862 to 1910, and alas drank himself to death. This is his most popular story, and it has endlessly been produced, modified and even parodied. Mrs. James Dillingham Young, more commonly called Della, has scrimped and saved, and bargained hard with merchants, but only has a $1.87 to show for it, and she needs $21 to buy the watch chain for her husband’s most prized position: an inherited gold watch.. She decides to sell her most prized position, her luxuriant long hair, and secures 20 bucks. Meanwhile, her husband is on the same wavelength… and it does not require much imagination to guess the actions he undertakes to obtain a valued gift for his wife. Each sacrifices what is most precious to them for the other, negating the utility, but not the meaning of their sacrifice.
In the written version of the story, O. Henry provided the following anti-brand statement, long before brands became a dominant consideration: “properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation – as all good things should do.” A straightforward Christmas tale on that ever so elusive true meaning thereof: 4-stars.
There is also a lesson here that is increasingly important in these recessionary times: that love itself is the best gift you can give and the only possession really worth having. Without it nothing else in life has any meaning.
I've always enjoyed O Henry's stories and for me this is still one of the best of them. It's also the one that led me to his work, and hopefully it will do the same for many others for a long time to come.