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  1. says:

    A priceless importance due the film that inspired NO MAN IS A FAILURE WHO HAS FRIENDS It’s not rare if you haven’t read this short story or even know about it But certainly it could be uite rare if you haven’t watched at least once the film that inspired The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern is the inspiration for the masterpiece directed by Frank Capra and performed by James Stewart Donna Reed Lionel Barry Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers I am talking about It’s a Wonderful Lifethe timeless classic which is now a tradition especially in United States to be watched on TV on each Christmas’ Eve And certainly since I was a kid I watched each time that I was able to do it and now as adult and since several years ago that I got the DVD and later the Blu ray now I do it as my own personal tradition too on each Christmas’ Eve’s night I watched the film It’s a Wonderful LifeAnd it’s because the love and respect that I have for the film that it wasn’t easy to rate this short story I really really REALLY wished to be able to give it a full 5 stars ratingBUTit was an odd reading experience very much like when I decided to read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank since some people whom only watched the mere rating also a 3 stars rating may think that I didn’t like the story or even worse that I have no respect for what the book representedAnd that would be as far from truth as able possiblesince I do have a lot of respect to the general message the literature’s importance and the social impact of the story in BOTH casesHowever as I commented in my appreciation about the reading value of The Diary of a Young Girl where I pointed out that it was a personal diary written by a teenager without caring about any coherency or even having a proper ending due understandable reasons but still hardly a good example of a typical book in the genre of a memoirIn the case of The Greatest Gift is a short story that it was originally printed on xmas cards to the friends of the author since he didn’t get to publish it so you already have the main character George Pratt in the short story the last name was Pratt instead of the film version’s Bailey in the climax scene and you basically you get a simplified version of the general message but the things are already changed and it’s through the comments of the main character that you have to understand how as before and why it seems to be changed from the point of view of the main characterSo I have to admit that since I have watched A LOT of time the classic film so I am “contaminated” of being used to that form of getting the story but still I am truly believe that if you want to impact the audience you first have to get them to know and to like how it’s the “real life” of the characters and then to make the change so you can be as impacted as is the main characterSo taking in account that it’s a short story showing very little details never explaining why George Pratt was so desperate to try to do what was going to do since he tells that he thought that he never do a relevant thing in life but I do think that must be some kind of detonating event to force him to do something unspeakable but no there isn’t in the written short story so hardly you can sympathize with the main character something that it’s uite taking care of in the film and finally telling the changes in reverse order already living the changed reality and only commenting how was the “real life” you can’t really being impacted by itHowever the general message is there and one can appreciate the importance of the existence of this book since without it we would never had the film It’s a Wonderful Life and that could certainly leave an irreplaceable hole in humanity’s historyA special compliment to the excellent job of Scott McKowen who did the illustration on this edition and it was a wonderful artwork EACH MAN’S LIFE TOUCHES SO MANY OTHER LIVES People who have watched the film they will recognize my chosen titles for the sections of this reviews as uotes from the film that they are only in the film the written short story doesn’t have these truly remarkable uotes giving a testimony of the priceless work done on the screenplay adapting the original short story into a full long story presented in the classic movieThe general message in both versions is simple If you don’t do your part in life no one else will do it Many times people use to say that anyone is replaceable BUT one thing is to replace someone and totally another to be the same person Even is the smallest things in decisions that you may think aren’t impacting on anyone they are crucial to have their lives as they use to know them A single change and those lives can be totally different A detail found on both versions short story and film and that you may think that it’s not important or impossible that a person can influence it’s that George Pratt or Bailey is in his climax moment there is snowing but once the angel does his thing the snow stopsIt was snowing in that town thanks that George lived thereYes I know you may think that I lose it but this is just like the “Butterfly Effect” where if a diminutive butterfly flaps its wings in Japan it will rain in New YorkSo yes I can believe that certain town will have a white Christmas with a gentle snowfall if IF the right person lives thereLife is the greatest gift that God gave us Never to doubt that each of you have an important purpose and impact while living in this plane of existenceAnd even important never rejecting the gift of life or corrupt it due doing the bad decisionsMerry Christmas to you all and blessings to you and all your families


  2. says:

    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 bornIf 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 TorcomMerry Christmas to allBonus materialPer TorcomWhen 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 byThrough the eyes of a guardian angel he sees the world as it would have been had he not been bornThe movie It's a Wonderful Life was initially not a success despite its star and director It was uickly forgotten so much so that the movie’s copyright wasn’t renewed in the 70s under the old copyright laws renewal was reuired 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


  3. says:

    “I want to live again I want to live again I want to live again Please God let me live againHeartwarming and inspirationalAs 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 publishedhe 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 timeUpdate I read the book again this year just as many people watch the movie over and over again


  4. says:

    45★I read this here Just be aware that there are a lot of typos in this editionAlso 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 uite a simple tale but it takes uite a few turns before ending up in a really good placeI may never have seen the movie but I'm sure I'll reread this story again again


  5. says:

    Best known for its movie adaptation ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ this really touching tale really highlights the importance of friendship and familyAs George Bailey contemplates suicide he’s visited by a guardian angle ClarenceClarence reveals to George how many lives he has touched in the town of Bedford FallsThe perfect uick read for the festive period it really is a wonderful story


  6. says:

    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 itLux Radio Theater versionhttpswwwoldtimeradiodownloadscom


  7. says:

    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 much pronounced and better explained in the movie The story is still well worth your time and barely takes any to read


  8. says:

    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 christmasRating I loved it 😍This is a wonderful uplifting and beautiful christmas storyThe classic movie It's a wonderful life is 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 isTo 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 heartwormingI recommend it


  9. says:

    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 jewels oftenwell I really want to re watch the movie now


  10. says:

    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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N privately printed as a Christmas card to the author's friends in 1943 This deluxe edition of The Greatest Gift marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of It's a Wonderful Life Delighted readers will immediately recognize George Bailey from the movie together with the guardian angel the snowy scene on the bridg 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 itLux Radio Theater versionhttpswwwoldtimeradiodownloadscom A Peoples Tragedy release of It's a Wonderful Life Delighted Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, readers will immediately Sharks recognize George Bailey from the movie together with the guardian angel the snowy scene on the bridg I love Frank Capra's It a Wonderful Life and was happy to Inside Las Vegas 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 وجدان زنو ring true It was interesting to How To Fart - Louder, Longer, and Stronger...without soiling your undies! Also learn how to fart on command, fart more often, and increase the smell. 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 BITE (A Mate Of His Own regarding the conception of the story and how it came to Capra The book is Home Alone 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 Dr. Grass read with a big heart to itLux Radio Theater versionhttpswwwoldtimeradiodownloadscom

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E and Bedford Falls and will identify with George's realization that life is a gift and every individual indispensable Specially commissioned artwork illustrates scenes from The Greatest Gift and an afterword by the author's daughter Marguerite Stern Robinson reveals how this enchanting story inspired the beloved movi 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 christmasRating I loved it 😍This is a wonderful uplifting and beautiful christmas storyThe classic movie It's a wonderful life is 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 isTo 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 heartwormingI recommend it Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery realization that life is a gift and every individual indispensable Specially commissioned artwork illustrates scenes from The Greatest Gift and an afterword by the author's daughter Marguerite Stern Robinson Zombie CSU reveals how this enchanting story inspired the beloved movi Update dec 2019 I still love itUpdate First Conquerors re The Legacy Chronicles: Chasing Ghosts read dic 2018 I still loved it I think I’ll make it a tradition to Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, read it every christmasRating I loved it 😍This is a wonderful uplifting and beautiful christmas storyThe classic movie It's a wonderful life is 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 isTo 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 heartwormingI A Peoples Tragedy recommend it

read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Philip Van Doren Stern

Few films have become a part of the fabric of American life as much as Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life Every Christmas Americans reopen their hearts to Jimmy Stewart and his journey through Bedford Falls Yet few of us know that the movie was based on The Greatest Gift a short story by Philip Van Doren Ster “I want to live again I want to live again I want to live again Please God let me live againHeartwarming and inspirationalAs 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 publishedhe 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 timeUpdate I read the book again this year just as many people watch the movie over and over again