Monday, December 04, 2017

Reader's Diary #1675- Frank Westcott: Oh, Oh Henry

Frank Westcott's "Oh, Oh Henry" is response of sorts to O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi". While initially having one of the characters mock the sentimentality, it later embraces it though it refocuses on gestures rather than gifts, tries to peel the commercialism away from the original.

Of course, it invites a comparison to the classic and while I acknowledge that O. Henry's is a bit over-the-top by today's tastes which tend to value subtlety, that story has been such a part of Christmas tradition that I've never minded it. Nor do I share the character's take away that it's all about physical, unaffordable gifts. Still I appreciate Westcott's use of the story as a conversation starter.

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