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Preview — Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Tim Cratchit is a young man with a lot on his mind. His father recently died, and he feels smothered by the generosity of his "Uncle" Scrooge. So he decides to go misbehave and find his way to the parts of London a proper young man has no business going to.
He finds adventure, thrills, and then two dead bodies. They're cut i ...more
--Oh, my dear, I must tell you what this boy of ours said. Right as we were passing the canal, we saw an old woman with a missing leg. And Tim said to me, "Father, I wish I could make my crutch a thousand times longer, so that I could share it with everyone in the world who needs one..."
It was a bit like a serialized novel. By which I mean that I was always eager for the next installment. What was it Tim had ...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
But again, don't jump to conclusions. This is not a tear jerker. It i ...more
I loved the descriptions of Tim's London, the places he wandered and the people he encountered. Gully was strange but encouragingly lovable. Colin the Melodious more than made up for Tim's staid, ploddingly slow mind and actions. Philomena was res ...more
I tho ...more
This actually was Bayard's first attempt to use a well-known character (this one fictional) at the center of his novel. In a brief interview, he confesses that Dickens had a significant influence on him. This story successfu ...more
Timothy is now in his twenties and has just buried his father Bob, he is mourning and wanders the streets of London. Not wanting to ask for help from his Uncle N (Ebeneezer Scrooge) he finds employ with room and board in a brothel. The story then proceeds to hint at Timothy's possible homosexual tendencies, he becomes obsessed ...more