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Christmas Books by Charles Dickens
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Dec 21, 11

bookshelves: lit

Maybe I deserved this for my recent Dickens idolatry. Maybe I loved him too much and I needed to be reminded that he's only human, 'cause this was hella weak. Well, A Christmas Carol is pretty good, though not nearly as good as I remembered it being from my childhood. The Battle of Life is vaguely good and The Haunted Man is decent, but The Cricket On the Hearth is weak and I loathed The Chimes.

My theory on Dickens is that longer Dickens is better Dickens. The shorter his stuff gets, the more slapped together it seems (maybe hastily written to make the xmas issue of his journal; incidentally some of these stories aren't even xmas related, they're called the Christmas Books because they came out in the aforementioned xmas issue). Granted his plots are always kind of convoluted and rely very heavily on coincidence, but here the twists don't even make sense. The characters are poorly sketched and everything reeks of being rushed.

You can get away with just reading A Christmas Carol and skipping the rest.

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