The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (1905)

32 pages

Goodreads Summary: One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure — her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.

This is a classic Christmas tale that I’m sure tons of people already know about and are familiar with the story.  I knew a little bit about it but decided to finally read it just to have a firsthand experience of the full story.

It’s a super short book and tells the story of a couple who want to give each other great gifts.  I feel there is a positive message there about what’s really important in life, however I didn’t feel like it was made that clear in the book.  I felt like it ended really quickly and some things were hinted at but never developed.

So I thought there would be more substance to this book and had a different idea of what the reading experience would be.  Still, I’m glad I finally read it for myself and it lent a lot of festive atmosphere to my reading this holiday season.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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