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The Holly-Tree Inn

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Presenting the complete 1855 Christmas number of Dickens' periodical Household Words, so popular after its original publication that it was immediately adapted for the stage

A journeying gentleman finds himself snowed in at the Holly-Tree Inn, and resolves to entertain himself by recording the stories he hears from his fellow tenants. Trapped for a week, he is regaled with
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Paperback, 129 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Hesperus Press (first published 1855)
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CadyCan
Feb 17, 2014 CadyCan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read it in one day on holiday.
Basically just the musings of a chap who's stuck at The Holly Tree Inn, due to bad weather.
To pass the time he reminisces about his passed experiences at various inns.
A bit boring actually although being a Dickens tale there is a lesson awaiting the troubled muser.

Turns out he had mistakenly thought his best friend wanted to marry his sweetheart and was getting away as a result.
The weather keeps him at the inn which fortuitously leads him to discover his error just
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Hal Brodsky
Dec 27, 2014 Hal Brodsky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I actually read this in a Wilkie Collins collection. Per the collection, Collns co-wrote it with 2 other authors and Dickens published it.
It is fairly obvious that at least two and probably three different people wrote it as the styles contrast tremendously. Although a huge fan of both Dickens and Collins, I found it wanting. I suspect Collins wrote the beginning and ending (a rather lame tale of mistaken motive tied up at the last possible moment in a feel good in time for Christmas kind of wa
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Michele
The language was difficult to connect with, but I was still able get through the book. There were some parts I had to give up with analyzing and move forward. The 2nd chapter was a little boring and uninteresting. 1st and 3rd chapters was a little more engaging. The moral of the story was to not assume, seek the truth, and love.
Michael Vickery
Apr 28, 2015 Michael Vickery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The section concerning the two young children is hilarious.
Alice
Jun 19, 2012 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A bit disappointed with this book particularly as I got it to read for a group discussion on Charles Dickens novels, later in the year, and when I read it found half of it wasn't even written by him!
Jim
Jul 07, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice Dickens Christmas Story especially Chapter 2. The only problem is this book dropped the last couple paragraphs, fortunately I had the story in another book.
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Charles 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 sho ...more
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