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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens
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Jan 07, 12

bookshelves: classic-lit
Read from November 08, 2011 to January 07, 2012

So I have just moved house, and am now living on an ancient little street in England, and on these dark and cold winter nights, I find myself peeping out the window and thinking of Dickens and his old and haunting, seasonal stories. Hence I ordered this book from the library (which was ready to collect within a matter of days! You go Bolton libraries! Chicago's took forever after the cut backs...) So I wasn't really feeling the story about the goblins...and the tale about the two friends meeting was just okay...maybe things will look up as I read on...

In the end I really enjoyed The Haunted Man and loved all the deep meaning and symbolism underneath the story and within its characters. This is definitely one I would like to re-read, and study, and pick apart. The Haunted Man, who chooses to brood and lament on past wrongs and sorrows, learns that memory can be a blessing, and not a curse, if one chooses to lace it with love and forgiveness. He discovers his memory is a part of him and without it, loses his mind and identity entirely. This story teaches us that our thoughts do indeed have a profound affect on those around us. In the end the Haunted Man finds salvation in the form of a woman (whom I believe represents the Spirit of God) a good, peaceful, patient and kind character. It really is a wonderfully spiritual story, and is definitely one of my favourites.

As for the rest? Just not to my tastes... sorry Mr Dickens ;)

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Reading Progress

12/28/2011 page 200
60.0% "strange, intriguing and captivating!"
01/03/2012 page 216
64.0% "Would really like to discuss the meaning of the story, 'The Haunted Man,' tis very deep..."
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message 1: by Krystina (new)

Krystina Oooh, you moved to England? Fortunate you. :D I ought to read A Christmas Carol again, perhaps start a yearly tradition...

message 2: by Jayne (new) - added it

Jayne hi krystina, yes, i moved back to my homeland: the UK :) i'd definitely recommend The Haunted Man for a second read :)

message 3: by Krystina (new)

Krystina Fun! I'll have to check out your recommendation, I have read a large number of Dickens' novel length books, but not too many of his shorter works. The Haunted Man sounds like it has good depth, though, which is what I like. :)

message 4: by Jayne (new) - added it

Jayne Yes, it's one you'll find yourself reading slowly and going back on sentences to uncover their meaning, or just to enjoy the way he writes so freely and ramblingly, that you can tell he's having such a good time writing it :)

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