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Cabbages and Kings

Cabbages and Kings A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to anoth

  • Title: Cabbages and Kings
  • Author: O. Henry
  • ISBN: 9781406923742
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a complex structure which slowly explicates its own background even as it painstakingly erects a town which is one of the most detailed literary creations of the period.A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a complex structure which slowly explicates its own background even as it painstakingly erects a town which is one of the most detailed literary creations of the period In this book, O Henry coined the term banana republic.Table of Contents I FOX IN THE MORNING II THE LOTUS AND THE BOTTLEIII SMITHIV CAUGHTV CUPID S EXILE NUMBER TWOVI THE PHONOGRAPH AND THE GRAFTVII MONEY MAZEVIII THE ADMIRALIX THE FLAG PARAMOUNTX THE SHAMROCK AND THE PALMXI THE REMNANTS OF THE CODEXII SHOESXIII SHIPSXIV MASTERS OF ARTSXV DICKYXVI ROUGE ET NOIRXVII TWO RECALLSXVIII THE VITAGRAPHOSCOPE

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    1. A fairly well-knit collection of short stories, each displaying O. Henry's knack for concealing while he puts on a show. The book has a comic portrayal of the tropics, both its volatile political climate and its meteorological one. The book shows its age by opining race-based comments about the inhabitants, but the white characters don't exactly get the buff and polish either.

    2. ვაპირებდი დამეწერა: "მოთხრობები ჯობია" - მეთქი, მაგრამ ისე ლამაზად აეწყო პაზლი, რომ ახლა მხოლოდ იმას ვწერ, თუ რის დაწერას ვაპირებდი.

    3. არ ვაპირებდი ამ წიგნის წაკითხვას, ბოლოსკენ შემოვიტოვე, მეზარებოდა დაწყება :D საწინააღმდეგო აღმოჩნდა. გარემო - ტროპიკულიპერსონაჟები - სამახსოვროთითოეული თავი - ცალკე ისტორია, რომლებიც საბო [...]

    4. This has got to be among the best reads describing the odd friendship between colonialism and business interests, staged on the backdrop of Latin America, with the original banana republic of Anchuria. I landed up reading this after I learnt that this is where the term banana republic originated from. A free copy on Project Gutenberg and I could not stop reading this book once I started.In fact, while Sidney Porter (aka O.Henry) wrote this mainly about the fruit companies in USA (think of Dole f [...]

    5. When I started with this collection of inter-connected short stories, I was not very impressed. I could not find the charm and attraction that I found in his other famous short stories like the very well known 'The Gift of the Magi'. But slowly and surely, this collection slipped a tight grip around me. I started enjoying his wit and got adjusted to the archaic English. Although it did slow me down a lot, because I cannot proceed without knowing the meaning :) the archaic English as well as the [...]

    6. This is one of my all-time favorite books, one that I re-read often. The language is brilliant and humorous, the setting is tropical, and the characters are memorable. Each chapter could stand alone as a short story, but they string together to form a novel. I read it when I need to remember that life shouldn't be taken quite so seriously. I can't recommend this one enough.

    7. A collection of stories set in a fictional "banana republic" of Anchuria, likely modeled after Honduras, where the author, O. Henry, spent some time evading the law after embezzlement and tax evasion charges. The characters are largely American businessmen and government officials, who are all to happy to pull fast cons and loaf about in hammocks, pining for their lost loves and failed dealings in the States. There is humor, primarily slapstick style, in the vaudevillian antics of the expats. Th [...]

    8. This is by far my favorite short story collection by O. Henry. The tales take place in the same locale, a fictitious banana republic of the American tropics. There is an over-arcing plot that runs through the stories, concerning the ruling potentate's abdication and sudden departure with the nation's treasury funds, creating a mystery that isn't solved until the final vignette. Along the way, we meet an amusing cast of characters, each one with his own colorful background. The best part of the b [...]

    9. This was an interesting collection of stories. The setting is the same throughout-a small coastal town in South America- with the same cast of characters-expatriates who have found themselves living there. All the characters are disreputable, on-the-make shysters with the slang usually found in old mobster movies. This is contrasted with the epic, high-flown language of the narration, which adds an extra layer of plain ridiculousness and sly humor. I enjoyed reading this, but, except for a few r [...]

    10. A collection of stories with a common thread and an intriguing mystery at its outset. I thought the twist of the mystery trite although the clues were there and the pieces fit. But learning the resolution is nothing compared to O'Henry's brilliant storytelling. Will definitely read more O'Henry works.

    11. This is definitely not O. Henry at his best. His strength is with the individual short story - this book is a collection of short stories which is supposed to have a common thread. I began to enjoy the stories more when I stopped trying to fit them all together and read them simply as short stories, separate and distinct from one another. The resolution of the story was, I admit quite funny.

    12. I love O. Henry. He had a unique grammar and diction. This book is a chain a short stories that could just as easily be called a novel. But I think the contrivances at the end, which are meant to tie the thing together, rather undermine the charm of the book.Still, this is well worth reading. If for no other reason, it gives you a taste of what O'Henry's exile in Latin America was like.

    13. Fun story full of vignettes revolving around this small banana republic. O'Henry has the best vocabulary I've ever read. He is also sort of racist in that 1915 sort of way regarding islanders, but not as bad as I would've expected.

    14. Wonderfully humorous narrative and brilliantly written. I'd love to read more of O. Henry. Based on Honduras. So many characters seem to live on still today.The best short stories have poignant endings, some are left a bit open-ended and non-plussed; makes sense at the end of this delicious selection of short stories. Loved it.

    15. One of the best books I have ever read. His style is effortless, prose is witty and characters are endearingly idiosyncratic. Loved it.

    16. Искусство повествования заключается в том, чтобы скрывать от слушателей все, что им хочется знать, пока вы не изложите своих заветных взглядов на всевозможные не относящиеся к делу предметы.

    17. I hadn't even heard of this before but it was in a 200-story O. Henry collection e-book I got from for a vacation trip. It was very amusing -- a series of linked stories about an imaginary Caribbean island with various unsavory characters taking the lead in various chapters.It was written in 1904, but the view of corruption and political shenanigans fuelled by greed and vanity is still quite fresh!Apparently this is where the term "banana republic" originated.

    18. You’ve probably heard of O. Henry, the early twentieth-century American author of countless humorous short stories. And the phrase “cabbages and kings” will ring a bell to anyone who’s familiar with Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poems. (One of his most famous, “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” promises to tell the story of “shoes and ships and sealing-wax / And cabbages and kings.”) But you’ve almost certainly never heard them in combination, since Henry’s collection of closely in [...]

    19. First of all, O. Henry is a brilliant writer, which is why I read this collection in the first place. I remembered a short story called A Retrieved Reformation that I read in high school, I found the story and read it and found it as brilliant as I remembered, then (since O. Henry wrote it) I decided to read some more.Cabbages and Kings wasn't terrific, though the writing is terrific. The stories were a little lackluster. They followed various inhabitants of a port city in the tropical Republic [...]

    20. As one who is not a fan of short stories, I came to this book, termed a novel, with some eagerness to experience O. Henry in a more extended form. I was somewhat disappointed because the volume was actually a collection of short stories with a common theme, that of political events in Honduras seen from a "gringo" point of view. O. Henry's style is lively, and one learns a lot about U.S. society of the fin de siecle. One does not learn that much about Honduras, but that is probably not too surpr [...]

    21. Эту книгу стоит разделить на две части, потому как впечатление от них совершенно различное.Роман-повесть "Короли и капуста" заставил меня продираться сквозь свои главы, как сквозь беспорядочно выросший лес то хвойный, то лиственный. Приличный налет политики давил, читалос [...]

    22. O Henry is always such a pleasure to read, though he does challenge your lexicon (well mine at least), which I consider good for ones mental constitution. Anyway, a very languid read that outlines the most amazing stories one could imagine about the tropics. The book is essentially a series of short stories with one or two threads tying it all together. The stories get better as you get deeper and there are two fantastic twists, one comedic and one perhaps dramatic, that were very satisfying.Lot [...]

    23. O. Henry's "Cabbages and Kings" is yet another capital "L" piece of Literature that surprised me by actually being good. Theoretically, I guess it's supposed to be 18 (or 19 since the first isn't numbered) short stories. But, the stories are intertwined and tell one overall story. So, in that sense, it's actually a novel. Anyway, it's nicely written with interesting characters and wonderful descriptions. The stories are sort of tongue-in-cheek and there's a nice twist at the end. I rate it at a [...]

    24. Henry, O.The Complete Works of O. HenryIn compilation only.1) The Poem: By the Carpenter2) "Fox-in-the-Morning"3) The Lotus and the Bottle4) Smith5) Caught6) Cupid's Exile Number7) Two8) The Phonograph and the Graft9) Money Maze10) The Admiral11) The Flag Paramount12) The Shamrock and the Palm13) The Remnants of the Code14) Shoes15) Ships16) Masters of Arts17) Dicky18) Rouge et Noir19) Two Recalls20) The Vitagraphoscope

    25. The author's stamp is definitely here. His tongue in cheek observations and turns of phrase are as effective as ever. This complex hybrid of short story and novel, however, can be hard to follow and isn't always as satisying as his famous short stories. Maybe as a reader I'm conditioned a more forumlaic payoff from O. Henry and this, being a different animal, didn't come off the same. An interesting and imaginative read nonetheless.

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