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Cabbages and Kings

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(1904)



Set in Central America, this collection of stories is the only work of O. Henry which approaches being a novel. The stories are related and should be read in the sequence in which they occur in the text.


"The time has come" the Walrus said, "To talk of many things; Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, And cabbages and kings."The Walrus and the Carpenter"--Lewis Carroll



This can be considered as one of the best works of O Henry, particularly considering the fact that he has done it again at what he excels. Truly O Henry has a way of his own; Henry in his prime has put life to the characters putting them in the eccentric stages of life where coincidences are ample and surprises boundless. Set in the outskirts of Coralio in central America, where few American citizens, who reside there, find themselves amidst the political turmoil and extraordinary whirligigs of life that the tropical land could provide them, this is the chronicle where bizarre happenstances and situations reveals to be a perfect comedy. But more bizarre is the ultimate consequence of this equally eccentric tale illuminated by Henry with his penmanship so perfectly that it is too precious to be revealed just now. It is for the readers to embark on a quest, to find out and cherish what Henry has for us in store!--Submitted by Sajan Shrestha

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