The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale PDF/EPUB Û

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale 4 stars for this 1943 short story, and an extra half star for its having inspired one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time, It s a Wonderful Life, the great movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart Other men are leading exciting lives, but I well, I m just a small town bank clerk I never did anything really useful or interesting, and it looks as if I never will I might just as well be dead Sometimes I wish I were In fact, I wish I d never been born George Pratt i 4 stars for this 1943 short story, and an extra half star for its having inspired one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time, It s a Wonderful Life, the great movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart Other men are leading exciting lives, but I well, I m just a small town bank clerk I never did anything really useful or interesting, and it looks as if I never will I might just as well be dead Sometimes I wish I were In fact, I wish I d never been born George Pratt is staring into the dark waters of the river on Christmas Eve, depressed about his failure of a life, when he s met by an older man who mysteriously grants his wish The man sends George off with a sales bag full of brushes like the old Fuller Brush door to door salesmen to see what his town and family are like now that George has never been born.If you re familiar with the movie, it s kind of a bare bones version of that, but a lot of the story and the heart and spirit of it are here in this 75 year old story It s worth reading Free online here at Tor.com.Merry Christmas to all Bonus material Per Tor.com When he found himself unable to find a publisher for his story, author Philip Van Doren Stern printed up copies of the The Greatest Gift and gave them out as Christmas cards in 1943 Eventually, the story came to the attention of director Frank Capra, who explained later, It was the story I had been looking for all my life A good man, ambitious But so busy helping others, life seems to pass him by Through the eyes of a guardian angel he sees the world as it would have been had he not been born The movie It s a Wonderful Life was initially not a success, despite its star and director It was quickly forgotten, so much so that the movie s copyright wasn t renewed in the 70s under the old copyright laws renewal was required after 28 years , so it was considered to be in the public domain for many years That led to its being shown on TV so often because FREE that this all but forgotten movie became extremely popular When that happened, the movie s studio owner started enforcing the copyright of the movie s music and the underlying story this story here, which the studio bought the copyright for So basically they back doored the copyright protection Here s an article on it Best known for its movie adaptation It s a Wonderful Life , this really touching tale really highlights the importance of friendship and family.As George Bailey contemplates suicide, he s visited by a guardian angle Clarence.Clarence reveals to George how many lives he has touched in the town of Bedford Falls.The perfect quick read for the festive period, it really is a wonderful story I want to live again I want to live again I want to live again Please God, let me live again Heartwarming and inspirational.As a collector of Christmas books, I am so glad that I found this one as it was the inspiration for the movie, It s a Wonderful Life I didn t realize until reading the Afterword that he had thought of this story while shaving one morning and then spent a couple of years polishing it up before presenting it to magazines that would not published it Since he couldn I want to live again I want to live again I want to live again Please God, let me live again Heartwarming and inspirational.As a collector of Christmas books, I am so glad that I found this one as it was the inspiration for the movie, It s a Wonderful Life I didn t realize until reading the Afterword that he had thought of this story while shaving one morning and then spent a couple of years polishing it up before presenting it to magazines that would not published it Since he couldn t get it published,he placed it in 200 Christmas cards that were then sent to family and friends He has even sent the card and story to his friend, Shirley Collier, who called him a few months later wanting him to turn it into a film The rest is history If you haven t read the book or seen the movie, this year is a good a time.Update I read the book again this year, just as many people watch the movie over and over again 4.5 I read this here Just be aware that there are a lot of typos in this edition.Also I must be one of the few in the English speaking world who hasn t seen It s a Wonderful Life Maybe if we still had Sky TVThis was such a sweet, heartwarming story with a moral of counting your blessings It appears at first read to be quite a simple tale, but it takes quite a few turns, before ending up in a really good place.I may never have seen the movie but I m s 4.5 I read this here Just be aware that there are a lot of typos in this edition.Also I must be one of the few in the English speaking world who hasn t seen It s a Wonderful Life Maybe if we still had Sky TVThis was such a sweet, heartwarming story with a moral of counting your blessings It appears at first read to be quite a simple tale, but it takes quite a few turns, before ending up in a really good place.I may never have seen the movie but I m sure I ll reread this story again again The basis of the Capra classic It s a Wonderful Life The story was published in a magazine and is too short for the character development and world building that the movie is so good at, and the supernatural element is muchpronounced and better explained in the movie The story is still well worth your time, and barely takes any to read. I love Frank Capra s It a Wonderful Life and was happy to read the very short story that started it all The short story and the movie have differences but the basic story line and the meaning ring true It was interesting to read the story and see the difference, which any fan of the movie would truly enjoy The Afterword by Philip Can Doren Stern s daughter is interesting regarding the conception of the story and how it came to Capra The book is really good but the movie takes it up another l I love Frank Capra s It a Wonderful Life and was happy to read the very short story that started it all The short story and the movie have differences but the basic story line and the meaning ring true It was interesting to read the story and see the difference, which any fan of the movie would truly enjoy The Afterword by Philip Can Doren Stern s daughter is interesting regarding the conception of the story and how it came to Capra The book is really good but the movie takes it up another level This is the first time IMO, the movie out does the book but the book was a much needed ingredient in the movie and without this basic story, there would be no George Bailey Looking at the story as if the movie had not been made, it was a great little read with a big heart to it Lux Radio Theater versionhttps www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com Update dec 2019 I still love itUpdate First re read dic 2018, I still loved it I think I ll make it a tradition to read it every christmas.Rating I loved it This is a wonderful, uplifting and beautiful christmas story.The classic movieIt s a wonderful lifeis based on it The movie expands on George s backstory and his disappointment in life, his depression and despair The movie makes the strange man an angel, Clarence, who is trying to get his wings In the story we don t know who he is Update dec 2019 I still love itUpdate First re read dic 2018, I still loved it I think I ll make it a tradition to read it every christmas.Rating I loved it This is a wonderful, uplifting and beautiful christmas story.The classic movieIt s a wonderful lifeis based on it The movie expands on George s backstory and his disappointment in life, his depression and despair The movie makes the strange man an angel, Clarence, who is trying to get his wings In the story we don t know who he is or even what his name is.To me the movie is pretty boring, long and slow paced, and the best part, when George gets to see a world where he wasn t born, takes place in the last hour or 45 minutes This short story only tells us about this incident, and that s why is so interesting, beautiful and powerful Is concise, to the point, magical, light, uplifting and heartworming.I recommend it A beautiful gift edition of the heartwarming story that became the Christmas classic, It s a Wonderful LifeFor almost seventy years, people the world over have fallen in love with Frank Capra s classic Christmas movie It s a Wonderful Life But few of those fans know that Capra s film was based on a short story by author Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night Unable at first to find a publisher for his evocative tale about a man named George Pratt who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him, Stern ultimately published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as hisChristmas card One of thosecards found its way into the hands of Frank Capra, who shared it with Jimmy Stewart, and the film that resulted became the holiday tradition we cherish todayNow fans of It s a Wonderful Life, or anyone who loves the spirit of Christmas, can own the story that started it all in an elegant, illustrated edition that s perfect for holiday giving It includes an Afterword by Stern s daughter, Marguerite Stern Robinson, that tells the story of how her father s Christmas card became the movie beloved by generations of people around the world I m delighted beyond words right now It s a Wonderful Life is one of my favourite old movies and I had no idea it was based on a short story This is a truly magical tale, which I m so glad to relieve There is something so lovely and endearing in it It may not be Christmas yet, but I don t see how having the Christmas spirit in you all year long is a bad thing In fact, I hope to stumble upon such precious jewelsoften.well, I really want to re watch the movie now. This was so cute I read 4 different Christmas books this December and somehow this super short story was the best of them It had everything I wanted from a Christmas story and it left me with a smile on my face It was lovely


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