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The Furnished Room

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  195 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Perfection Learning (first published 1906)
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Maruf Hossain
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
একটানে কোন সুদূরে চলে যাওয়া বিসমৃতপরায় অতীতকে তুলে নিয়ে এলো যেন এই গলপটা!

গনধ! পরিয় মানুষের গনধ!
পরিয়জনের একটু পাওয়ার জনয সে কী আকুতি!

পরিয়জনের গনধ আমিও পেতাম এক সময়। এভাবেই আকুল হতাম! পরিয়জনের গনধে মাখামাখি হয়ে থাকুক পরতিটি মানুষের জীবন।
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: flat-capped
The Furnished Room was my first of O. Henry’s works that I have read. It is a bleak, creepy and unsettling little story that had me gripped to the pages from start to end. I liked the suggestion that every place bears the traces of the lives that have inhabited it, I have always felt this way about places that evoke emotion for no discernible reason. The thought that some sort of echo exists of days gone is as comforting as it is spooky, it all depends on where you are. Next time you get the cha ...more
Ana Rînceanu
I did not expect to feel so affected by the ending of this short story.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want to discuss this with someone. (I also want to know why it's listed as being 72 pp - in my collection it's less than 10% that.)

Free to read or listen at Gutenberg:
K. Anna Hardy
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:

"Sometimes it's on point,
That eerie whispering sense,
Even when too late."
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Creepy and deep. A bit sad. A great short story from beginning to end.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eerie tale with a twist.
Anne (w/ an E)
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a bad story. A surprise ending is always my favorite part. This was classified as horror but it just seemed like fiction to me.
Rachel Poynter
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't think this one was really my speed. I had a hard time getting into the language and by the time I got used to it, the story was over. I did like the ending though.
Sometimes the writing of a person makes me wonder about a person and what was going on in their head. In this case, though, it is trying to compare two very different and yet at the same time concepts in writing from the same author that makes one wonder although in this case was the love life of O. Henry such a rollercoaster failure?

Unlike his more well-known and more Christmas-focused work, "The Furnished Room" gives an insight into the darker bits of a relationship gone awry although there
Apr 16, 2012 added it
"If O.Henry's story, The Furnished Room, were the means by which a designer achieved an interesting roll of wallpaper, the wallpaper would be no more related to the story than if its theme had been red roses, cherry trees, hatchets, or the face if George Washington as it appears on currency."
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
not perfect but better than any of his short stories so far.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A short sad story about a young man's search for his missing girlfriend. Set in New York City in a rented room.
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Kevin Summers
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I enjoyed the style in which this story was written.
E. T. Brother
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
More sad than horror, this approach to horror is a bit like Edgar Allen Poe.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
It was alright, of course there's a twist in the ending :)
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american-fiction
The far-too copious description lost me to the extent that I had to read a summary afterwards :)
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, fiction
আমিও আমার পরিয় মানুষদের গনধ আলাদা ভাবে পাই!! ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
A young man searches for his lost love around the filthy bedsits of New York.
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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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