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Mr. Timothy

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,591 ratings  ·  239 reviews

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

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published (first published 2002)
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Will Byrnes
The Mr. Timothy of the title is Tim Cratchit, Tiny Tim as an adult, with Uncle Ebeneezer as his sponsor, offering an income in return for a visit now and again. Tim is not very settled in the world, even though he has overcome his infirmity to a point where he has merely a limp from a shortened leg to remind him of his past. He finds work in Mrs. Sharpe’s bordello, teaching the madame to read and write, helping keep the business’s books. One day he spies a young girl in the alley, a homeless chi ...more
MaritaBeth Caruthers
Bought for me by my husband, as a gift, the subject matter and plot of this book are not really within my usual realms of interest. It’s really quite the thriller—a murder mystery, edge of your seat sort of story. I rarely choose to read (or watch movies, for that matter) about violence that occurs in a fictional setting. Some fantasies, like JRR Tolkein’s works are notable exceptions, but for the most part, if it’s not history … stories that are factual, not fictional … I don’t want the violenc ...more
Jen
I didn't really know what to expect from this when I picked it up. My friend Allison recommended it, but all she told me about it was that she liked it and that it was a story written about the character of Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol, but that he's an adult. Okay, so that part is true, but it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to the story that he's a well-known character - there's very little that we know of him from A Christmas Carol anyway, and while there is some mention of his fath ...more
Michael
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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
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Anjanette
After reading The Black Tower, I thought, "I have GOT to read some more of this guy's stuff!" His style in that novel was sparkling in the manner of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and I was completely engrossed. Unfortunately I picked this book as a follow-up, and now I don't really want to read any more Bayard. To begin with, I simply don't understand the literary device of using a grown-up Tiny Tim as the protagonist. There is no point in it. It would have been just as good with any character - perhaps be ...more
Elizabeth

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
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Paul Patterson
Charles Dickens, English literature's unmatched character creator, managed to conjure up the most romantic, sweetly sick, maudlin personality ever to poke his tiny head into our Christmas celebrations. The Cratchit dinner party with Tiny Tim's banal "What a goose, Mother!" is more than enough to turn the cranberry sour on us.

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
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Darlene
I was very excited to finally read this book as I've been a huge fan of Charles Dickens for many years. This story is centered around Timothy Cratchit (Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol) who is now a young man. Louis Bayard does a fantastic job of recreating the atmosphere of a Dickens novel... the foggy, cobbled streets of Victorian England complete with the fake cheerfulness of the hypocritical aristocracy and the underbelly of society... the impoverished who are all but invisible to the rest of ...more
Elizabeth
I must confess, I went into this novel with mediocre expectations. I looked forward to a mystery with perhaps a sincere but brief nod towards the Dickens spirit and the language of old England. I encountered, to my immense delight, something far better. I found myself involved in an immensely satisfying novel.

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
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Paul
Author Louis Bayard takes a long, hard look at the child character Timothy "Tiny Tim" Cratchit of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and constructs a fully realized and completely plausible adult version, complete with neuroses, uncertainty and the directionlessness of young adulthood. Mr. Timothy, as he is now known, lives a dissolute, aimless life on the fringers of 19th century London society, or at least he does until he repeatedly spots a young homeless girl who, for reasons he doesn't fu ...more
Barry
Mr. Timothy is a novel about "Tiny Tim" Cratchit, from A Christmas Carol, grown up. He still lives in London and is supported, to a large extent by Uncle "N," as Ebenezer Scrooge is called.

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,
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Danielle
This book was for one of my book clubs. We were looking for something vaguely Christmas related, and the title Timothy in this book is the character Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol all grown up. As seems to be the curse of this book club we once again picked a book that I didn't care for. I'm not really sure what the point of having the protagonist of this book be Tiny Tim was as it didn't really contribute much to the book. The main plot of the book revolves around Timothy getting caught up in ...more
Cindy Barnett
Child sex slaves, foul language, graphic sex (some violent/perverted), ends well but Dicken's character is portrayed as a fraud. He is nothing like the novel upon which he's, allegedly, based. Just not my kind of mystery, to be clear.

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.
Liddy Barlow
Jul 10, 2007 Liddy Barlow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dickens, and readers of Anne Perry mysteries
Bayard sets out to answer a question I'm not sure most people bothered to ask: what happened to Tiny Tim at the end of A Christmas Carol? Apparently, he was not nearly as smarmy as Dickens made him out to be; in Bayard's hands, Timothy is an interesting and complicated character. Not so, sadly, for any of the other characters in the book, who fall neatly into Victorian stereotypes: the cheeky orphan boy, the gruff riverboat captain, the evil aristocrat. The action sequences here were obviously w ...more
Meredith
Fits onto the shelf with the rest of my Victorian London tales involving squalor and prostitution.
4cats
Really enjoyed this Dickensian thriller. Great continuation of Tiny Tim's life after Scrooge.
Wayland Smith
This is a book with a really odd concept. What if Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol grew up and ended up tracking a serial killer in London? I got curious enough to take a look.

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
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Sarah
...and before you had even removed your scarf, you'd have launched your latest narrative.
--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
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Hailey Madelyn
This is another book that I went blindly into and was splendidly surprised. I bought the hardcover for a dollar at a book thrift store, choosing it almost entirely because I liked the cover. I was completely unaware of the wonderful story it held and the superb characterization of an older, not so tiny Timothy Cratchit; a character I hadn't seen since my (and his own) childhood. I appreciated his sense of hummer and the realistic qualities of not only himself, but the world around him. No longer ...more
Mary Comstock
Mr. Timothy follows the now adult Tiny Tim of A Christmas Carol as he navigates the dark streets of Victorian England to solve a murder and face his own murky past. Disaffected, leery of the surreal eternal Christmas of his sometime benefactor Scrooge, haunted by his father's ghost, the adult Mr. Timothy presents a far more compelling and sympathetic character than his youthful counterpart in the Dickens tale.
Lduff1108 Duff
If anyone ever wondered whatever became of Tiny Tim from the Christmas Carol, well here is the answer. It paints a very clear picture of London England in the Victoria era. The discription is good and the intensity is such that I was forced to put it down in order bring myself back to the present. However the book never stayed down for long as I was drawn back time and time again to the world of Mr Timothy. His father has just died and Tim is grieving and sees his father's ghost everywhere. Most ...more
Annemariem
What an awful, awful book. It was plugged as a Dickensian thriller, and the concept of the book is quite good: what happens when 'Christmas Carol's Tiny Tim is grown up and not so tiny anymore.
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
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Marigold
I liked it quite a bit & would give it three & a half stars. The concept is what got me interested in reading this book - that being, what happened to young Tim Cratchit from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, who did not die, & who was "helped" by Scrooge? Bayard answers the question in some very believable ways, without sentimentality & with a good measure of darkness. As the story opens, Tim, now a young man, is struggling. His father has died. He's trying to figure out what ...more
Marika
I was a little worried going in, because I am a Louis Bayard fan, but not so much of a Charles Dickens fan. Let it be known to all Dickens skeptics, this is NOT written in the style of Dickens. Bayard takes Tiny Tim, builds him a backstory that has him wrestling with the persona foisted upon him by his father and Uncle Ebeneezer, then dives into his life when he a young man dealing with his father's death, guilt and loneliness.

But again, don't jump to conclusions. This is not a tear jerker. It i
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Jessica
It's fascinating that Mr. Bayard took a literary character known to us as a good, pious young cripple, and created a character in his twenties who was fairly far removed from the "And God bless us, everyone" goody-goody that closed out the story for us.

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
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Kaitlin
I stumbled on this book and was intrigued by the premise. I often wonder what happens to characters in books outside of what we are told by the narrator. In "Mr. Timothy," Louis Bayard addresses that question about Tiny Tim of "A Christmas Carol." This was fascinating to read because it raises questions about every well-loved, heartwarming tale we all know. Sure, the characters seem to be one thing on the surface, but what is really going on with them? What will they be like 15 years later?

I tho
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Babette
I read this book based on the references I found while reading The Pale Blue Eye. Louis Bayard has impressive credentials - both academically and professionally. His writing is literate and intelligent, and he creates characters that are sympathetic and, at times, inspiring.
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
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Tonya
I have to say I was disappointed with Mr. Timothy: A Novel it was touted as a Dickensian type novel based on Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol except he's all grown up now.

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
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John
The year is 1860, and Tiny Tim is all grown up. He is living in a London whorehouse where he tutors the good-natured madam in reading for his room and board. He has distanced himself from his ancient and increasingly eccentric “Uncle” Scrooge. As Christmas approaches, Timothy discovers the bodies of two 10-year-old girls, each branded with the letter “G”. He soon comes upon the frightened Philomela, another young waif who is marked with the sinister tattoo. She is hiding from a knife-wielding fo ...more
Annie
This clever tale is about Tiny Tim, of A Christmas Carol fame, only healed, grown and struggling with the death of his father, Mr. Crachit. He wanders into the shady part of London, finds lodging at a brothel, and grapples with his obligations to generous Ebenezer Scrooge, or “Uncle N”. I enjoyed reading this around the thriller, I think the author has a very dignified English style of writing and his descriptions invoke beautiful images. There is some language and the plot is pretty gruesome. ...more
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