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Heart of the West

O. Henry

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A collection of short stories by the legendary O. Henry.

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Book Excerpt: 
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"For the chance they've got," says I, "they're humping themselves in a mighty creditable way. That big one you see is sixty-six million miles distant. It took thirty-six years for its light to reach us. With an eighteen-foot telescope you can see forty-three millions of 'em, including them of the thirteenth magnitude, which, if one was to go out now, you would keep on seeing it for twenty-seven hundred years."

"My!" says Mrs. Sampson. "I never knew that before. How warm it is! I'm as damp as I can be from dancing so much."

"That's easy to account for," says I, "when you happen to know that you've got two million sweat-glands working all at once. If every one of your perspiratory ducts, which are a quarter of an inch long, was placed end to end, they would reach a distance of seven miles."

"Lawsy!" says Mrs. Sampson. "It sounds like an irrigation ditch you was describing, Mr. Pratt. How do you get all this knowledge of infor. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like many of you, I suspect, I read The Gift of the Magi and The Ransom of Red Chief in school, enjoyed them both, and then never gave O. Henry another thought.

Man, was I an idiot...

This is a fantastic collection of western-themed stories, many feature the man's signature surprise endings. There ar

Заглавието „Сърцето на Запада“ чудесно обобщава тематичния сборник с разкази на О. Хенри. Тези деветнадесет истории надзъртат в емоциите, които оцветяват живота на пионерите от американския Запад – а понякога изтъкават и самия вътък, който сплита в едно деянията им, и героичните, и раждащите смеха н

I realized once I started Heart of the West that I had not read anything by O. Henry since September of 2011; that is, not since I began seriously reviewing books. It had been far too long.

I fell in love with O. Henry’s short stories back in 2010. I enjoyed his story The Gift of the Magi, but it was

3.5 stars
I had a sudden inclination to dive into the Western genre, and through O. Henry's short stories I went.
His writing—often verbose—can be a real chore, but his unique plot twists give his readers light at the end of the tunnel. The drawling, no-nonsense dialogue of cattlemen, sheepherders, an

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), better known to most readers as O. Henry, moved to Texas from North Carolina for his health. There, he worked on a ranch for a few years before feeling well enough to take up his primary occupation of pharmacist, and fell in love with the state and its people. As a

**3.5** Thes stories were nothing like my boy hood days of reading 'Larry & Stretch'.

O. Henry is a complete logophile. He absolutely kept me at the dictionary (not that i retained any of these sesquipedalian words. Regardless, all of these short stories had some really nice elements of humour exami

First published 1907, Included in "Best Stories of O.Henry" qv.

I have always heard about O. Henry, but had never read any of his works. This was an enjoyable romp through the Old West, with typical O. Henry type endings. Most of the books involve romance in some form or other, often with unexpected conclusions.

The narrator was perfect for these stories. Just en

This is the first full collection of O. Henry's short stories that I have read, after which I can amply understand just why he is considered an American master - so much so that his name is still attached to an annual prize dedicated to the form.

The opening 'Hearts and Crosses', to do with a lover's

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