The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“But it is better to follow even the shadow of the best than to remain content with the worst. And those who would see wonderful things must often be ready to travel alone.”

Artaban is all prepared to join three of his Magi companions to go and present gifts to a new King whose coming is declared by the heavens. But Artaban’s trip encounters delays, profoundly altering his quest in The Story of the Other Wise Man by author Henry van Dyke.

I’d never heard of this classic before I came across it some weeks ago. No, it didn’t hold groundbreaking revelations or unimaginable surprises for me.

But even having a good idea ahead of time about where such a tale would go didn’t stop the tale from being beautiful to me. Beautiful in its atmospheric detail as well as in its compelling message about what’s important to the King. Yes, the story has some old-fashioned quirks, like the fact that some of the characters speak in “King James” now and then, but the message itself is timeless.

Not at all hard to see why this tale is indeed a classic.