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Book Title: The Cricket on the Hearth: and Other Christmas Stories|
Date of issue: January 3rd 2013
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The author of the book: Charles Dickens
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.88 MB
Edition: Dover Publications
Read full description of the books The Cricket on the Hearth: and Other Christmas Stories:Three short stories left me with 3 impressions.
Cricket: Odd but interesting. Very, very wordy, but that can be Dickens at times. What I couldn't get was where in the world Christmas played into it. The only connection I could make is that the story was published in the Christmas season. Other than that, well, whatever. A great twist at the end of the story that finally made the whole thing make sense. Some good lessons, too (if you wish), as only Dickens can write. (3 stars)
Holly: I followed this one well, even though it moved all over the place in the protagonist's memories. I loved the ending and was glad for the happiness of it all. I had hoped he was wrong anyhow. And the Christmas of this story is that it takes place at Christmas, though it never mentions the day by name. (3.5 stars)
Haunted: So far one of the funniest Dickens I've read. The first chapter was uproariously hilarious! I love Dickens talent for words and writing, especially when he throws in his wit. The second chapter I was following, but couldn't imagine where the story could be going with only a 2-page chapter left. And while I loved the ending and had hoped for it near the beginning, there is absolutely no way anyonw could tell that was what would come. It isn't related! Seriously. If you are one of those read-the-end-before-the-whole-book people, that won't help you in the slightest with this story. So while I'm still going "what?!" with the 2nd chapter, I think it just adds to the humor throughout the book. (4 stars)
Of the 3, I think my favorite was the last because of how much laughter I got from it. The second was the sweetest. And the third was the most moralistic. I suppose that's a good collection. I'm glad I read some of Dickens' other holiday works (he has several) because it added to the spirit of the season...and short stories are working me back into reading classics again. Still, for such a short book, it's embarrassing it took me this long. Oh well. Worth it for me. Though now how am I to fit in "Christmas Carol" in just 3 days before Christmas?!
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Read information about the authorCharles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner," he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: "To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England's most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world." His last words were: "On the ground", in response to his sister-in-law Georgina's request that he lie down.
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