Jan 07, 12
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 ;)