↠ Cabbages and Kings || ✓ PDF Read by ☆ O. Henry Guy Davenport

By O. Henry Guy Davenport | Comments: ( 542 ) | Date: ( May 30, 2020 )

Henry stitched together several stories into this episodic narrative, taking his inspiration from Lewis Carroll The setting is Anchuria, a mythical banana republic where larceny is rampant and revolution always a possibility.

  • Title: Cabbages and Kings
  • Author: O. Henry Guy Davenport
  • ISBN: 9780140186895
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

O. Henry Guy Davenport

William Sydney Porter lends the pen name O Henry to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters Their voices and his language were products of his era.He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis He left school at fifteen, worked five years in his uncle s drugstore, then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch In 1884 he went to Austin where he worked in a real estate office, a church choir, and spent four years as a draftsman in the General Land Office His wife and firstborn died, but daughter Margaret survived him After he failed to establish a small humorous weekly, he worked in poorly run bank When its accounts did not balance, he was blamed for it, and fired In Houston, he worked for a few years until ordered to stand trial for embezzlement he fled to New Orleans and thence, to Honduras Two years later, he returned on account of his wife s illness Apprehended, Porter served a few months than three years in a Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio During his incarceration, he composed ten short stories, including A Blackjack Bargainer, The Enchanted Kiss, and The Duplicity of Hargraves In 1899, McClure s published Whistling Dick s Christmas Story and Georgia s Ruling While in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he sent manuscripts to New York editors In the spring of 1902, Ainslee s Magazine offered him a regular income if he moved to New York In less than eight years, he became a bestselling author of collections of short stories Cabbages and Kings came first, in 1904 followed by The Four Million The Trimmed Lamp and Heart of the West in 1907 The Voice of the City in 1908 Roads of Destiny and Options in 1909, Strictly Business and Whirligigs in 1910 Posthumously published collections include The Gentle Grafter about the swindler, Jeff Peters Rolling Stones and Waifs and Strays and in 1936, unsigned stories Others were rewarded financially A Retrieved Reformation, about the safe cracker Jimmy Valentine, got 250 six years later, 500 for dramatic rights, which gave over 100,000 royalties for playwright Paul Armstrong Many stories have been made into films.

Comments Cabbages and Kings

  • Christopherseelie

    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.

  • Beka Adamashvili

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

  • Oto Bakradze

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

  • Sam Walker

    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 [...]

  • Minoy Jose

    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 [...]

  • Robyne

    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.

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  • Lauren

    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 [...]

  • Erskine

    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 [...]

  • Mickey

    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 [...]

  • Wendybird

    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.

  • Laura Verret

    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.

  • Robert Stewart

    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.

  • Bill

    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.

  • LadiesBookTea Since 1993

    Also read other short stories by O. Henry

  • Gemma

    I probably should have loved this, but I just couldn't let myself enjoy it.

  • Nick Rogers

    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.

  • Nidhi Angle

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

  • Rucha

    3.5 stars

  • Vladislava

    best read :)

  • Vaas

    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.

  • Lis

    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.

  • Harker US Library

    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 [...]

  • Abby

    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 [...]

  • Laurie Tomchak

    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 [...]

  • alksndrrra

    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 [...]

  • Rob Mills

    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 [...]

  • astaliegurec

    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 [...]

  • Courtney

    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

  • Mark

    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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