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A Retrieved Reformation

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Paperback, 54 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Perfection Learning
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Brian Yahn
Mar 22, 2016 Brian Yahn rated it really liked it
A Retrieved Reformation is about an ex-criminal's karma, and--of course--O Henry has an ironic twist ending that will leave you smiling.

What more can you ask for from 10 minutes of reading?
Dec 03, 2011 Mare rated it it was amazing
Jimmy Valentine is a bank robber who has connections that have gotten him out of jail after only 11 months of a 4 yr sentence. Of course once out, he gets back to cracking safes. The detective that caught him before, Ben Price, notices his M.O. and begins looking for him. After a few jobs, he heads to a small town called Elmore to check out their bank when the bank owner’s daughter catches his eye. He inquires who she is and decides to stay for a while. Using the shoe making skill he picked up i ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing
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A Retrieved Information by O. Henry

This is an excellent, funny and short story.
I have read O.Henry before and had the chance to appreciate his humor, in The Ransom of Red Chief, where a kidnapping turns horribly wrong for the perpetrators, who end up paying for their prisoner to be taken back by his family….family that had imposed some terms in order to accept the missing son back. Not the usual tears and terror, but a joy ride of uproarious fun.
So I knew that humor was to be expected i
Dione Basseri
I had to double-check the ending to make sure it wasn't set up to be entirely melancholy, but this is actually a fairly uplifting story. A more modern take on "Les Mis," really, and a whole lot shorter. A prisoner leaves behind his life of crime after falling in love, but is followed by a police officer convinced he remains crooked. When a little girl is trapped in a safe, the former thief must decide between letting her perish or losing his own new life.

Really, this is undoubtedly a rip-off of
Saranga Sharma
Jan 18, 2016 Saranga Sharma rated it really liked it
Jimmy valentine is a thief who specializes in bank robberies. While visitng a bank to prepare for his next theft, he falls in love with the bank owner's daughter. He gives up his previous life and becomes a shoemaker. However, an official recognizes him and starts pursuit. While in the bank with his new family a kid gets locked inside the new air tight vault. Jimmy, knowing the implications still saves the kid. However, just when he goes to surrender to the official he is surprised when the offi ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
The book posses a lot of questions, can you reform yourself from a life of crime and once reformed can you go back to that former life when it counts? I found this a very nice short story, any longer and it would have lost its appeal, as the writing style was not what I am used to, but it was written in a style that was popular at the time. So not discounting the book because of that, if anything it enhanced the book's charm.
Haruna Okutsu
o.Henry A retrieved Reformation level 2
06/02 = 65 minutes
Can you rescue for children from danger,when your life dangerous?
I would like to rescue children.

It is good story because the man was a prisoner who rescued children.
It is happy end. I like this story.
Feb 15, 2016 (ha)Ley rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-reading
Read for 8th grade English

This is a great story to use in an English class; it's thought-provoking and can lead to a great discussion of what makes people "good" or "bad", or if people can even be classified like that.

However, it's not a good story to read for enjoyment. It's not that interesting.
Jul 27, 2013 Kika96 added it
I don't remember anything about this--but hunting through my old box of notebooks, I found an 8th grade lit book, that discussed the plot and had quotes and predictions about the book. So if not for that, never would've remembered this one!
Oct 09, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
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Jul 01, 2014 Lilia rated it it was amazing
I really liked this short story by O. Henry!!! "A Retrieved Reformation" was filled with excitement and surprises.
Liam Thompson
Mar 27, 2012 Liam Thompson rated it liked it
A good story about a man trying to forget his past but it catches up with him (reminding my of the PS3 game Red Dead Redemption)
Soha Seliem
Apr 18, 2014 Soha Seliem rated it it was amazing
O. Henry is very remarkable for his usage of foreshadowing, irony, and humor. All in all it was very amusing reading & teaching this text to my grade 7 students.
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My fav short story
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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 d
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