The Gift of the MagiStreaming Audiobook - 2011
The Gift of the Magi may be the second most widely read O. Henry story in grammar, middle, and high school. The Ransom of Red Chief rates number one. Young readers have a slightly more difficult time relating to two young married people, older after all, than relating to 10-year-old Red Chief. His father makes the kidnappers pay him back in order to take Red Chief off their hands and comes in darkness so others do not jail them, plus all the antics and excitement of it all. The Gift of the Magi is not read or heard widely after one leaves high school, which is a shame because it is such a magical story about expectations being crushed by realities and the turn of events which O. Henry was so masterful at achieving. The interesting twist is two people both sacrifice for the other but that means neither gift works as planned. However, and O. Henry is full of howevers, the two are deeply in love and shrug it off and move on in their happiness. A final thought for the reader: Is there anyone similar to O. Henry in style? We cannot think of one and that is another reason to listen to these stories. As with all Simply Magazine's short stories, you should enjoy the ideas put forth in the introduction and afterword, things to think about or write about if a student. O. Henry's other two best-loved stories are also recorded: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "A Retrieved Reformation."
Publisher: [United States] : Simply Magazine : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (23 min.)) : digital