Don’t you just love the original twist – the GRANDMAMA & GRANDPA of twist endings?
The Gift of the Magi, by O’Henry
Read by Diane Havens
“The Gift of the Magi” (1906) by O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), master storyteller whose tales usually include a good dose of irony, coincidences and plot twists, is one of my top favorite Christmas stories. It hits at the heart of the forgotten art of true gift-giving, that the best gift is one for which the giver has to sacrifice. And the definition of wisdom, all from this example of “two foolish children in a flat.”
O. Henry himself had a troubled life, and he died in poverty and obscurity. Now he lives on as one of the great American short story writers – and he’s left us all the gift of his enduring and beautiful tales.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce
Read by Xe Sands
Such an iconic story that once read, cannot be forgotten. For those who might not have read this, I will say no more for fear of spoiling it, except to say that I think it was the first time I remember being a slight bit gobsmacked by a story.