Welcome to the world of a grown-up Timothy Cratchit, as created by the astonishing imagination of author Louis Bayard.
Mr. Timothy Cratchit has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for...more
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Following the death of his father, “Tiny” Tim Cratchit is struggling to find his way. Panged by the constant guilt in greeting his benevolent “Uncle” Scrooge with an open hand, Tim cuts off the flow of money and takes up residence in a whore house where he accepts a job teaching the headmistress to read. During the eveni ...more
There are some excellent characters and lots of seasonal atmosphere as Timothy Cratchit, now living in a house of ill repute, tries to outwit evil villains with the help of some very brave friends, including his 'uncle' Scrooge, who has remained his kind benefactor.
As the dastardly plot unfolds, and the true evil of what is taking place becomes clear, ...more
I really enjoyed this book!
The writing was evocative and the description interesting, told by the narrator's perceptions. The slums of Victorian London and the characters were very well drawn (particular favourites were Squidgy, Mrs. Sharpe, Colin, Gully, and Bob Cratchit).
Although it started out a little slowly and I would've liked a little more of a Christmas feel (book was set during Christmas), I thou ...more
1st thoughts: It might turn around, one can hope. Flowery language can't cover up for one author's jealousy of another author's talent...the end will out, as the old adage says.
The setting - London's slums, the sludge of the Thames, the dark and humourous everday happenings of a brothel - was fantastic. It brought me back to SBC's Slumming in the 19th Century. Bayard's description is very similar to Engels' description of T ...more
Louis Bayard's Mr Timothy rejoins Dickens's Tiny Tim when he is an adult. Timothy is something of a lost soul, drifting through the days waiting for the happy part of 'happily ever after' to kick in. Dickens didn't conclude 'A Christmas Carol' with that phrase but it was certainly implied. In this book the majority of the Cratchits are either dead or scattered, no longer a family but instead a remnant of one. Scrooge goes on though, locked forever in his embodiment of the sp ...more
Mr Timothy is Tiny Tim Cratchitt from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – all grown up now and a very different being from the innocent, pathos-riddled child with whom readers might already be acquainted. Louis Bayard’s Big Tim is a creature of the night who dwells in a brothel and undertakes nocturnal work with a partner, plucking bodies from the Thames for the reward of what might be in their pockets and a finding fee from the authorities. Fortunately he has a stipend from Uncle Ebeneezer upo ...more
But the execution turned out to be more complex, both better and far di ...more
I imagine a much older Timothy Cratchit would cringe hearing the tiresome family stories of his infant self, as we all do when our parents, in a flush of narrative nostalgia ...more
Bayard does a fabulous job in painting a portrait of London during that era and in creating wonderful, three dimensional characters with which to populate it. He has, in addition, crafted an excellent mystery plot in which these characters exist.
As far as I can tell, not having lived in Mr. Timothy's London, ...more
The book takes us into the confidence of A Christmas Carol's Tiny Tim as a grown man known in his later years as "Mr. Timothy."
A complex man with a decidedly interesting back story, is our ...more
Tim Cratchit's father has died, it is again Christmas, and Tim ends up boarding at a brothel in exchange for teaching the brothel's owner to read. Tim's "Uncle N," Ebenezer Scrooge, gives him an allowance, but it is dependent on Tim's visiting him. Rather than be tied to Ebenezer in this fashion, ...more
A beautifully told thriller, Louis Bayard picks up Tim's life in his early twenties in a relatively seedy neighborhood where Tim periodically runs into his deceased father (at least in visions), add in a young boy who is bit of an "opportunist," ...more
Well... it turns out Timothy is a somewhat antisocial nobody who is still under the (financial) spell of uncle Ebenezer, until he meets a girl who unlocks the door to a scandal of prostitution, murder and human slavery. Timothy of course attempts to rescue her. So far so good.
But the language, the lang ...more