Mr. Dickens and His Carol
“A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It’s as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it’s all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps.” —Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See
Laced with humor, rich historic...more
I enjoyed this book very much. The writing, the descriptions, the character of Dickens himself, all very we ...more
A Christmas Carol is one of my treasured favorites of the season. Whether it is the little book itself, a screen adaptation, or a live performance, it never fails to entertain and delight. When I came across the title of this book, Mr. Dickens and His Carol, I was naturally curious. At the same time, I was a little skeptical, worr ...more
Much to my delight, this novel is a tender and loving tribute to Charles Dickens as Ms Silva tells her own story about how “A Christmas Carol” came to be. In her author’s note, she mentions that she appreciat ...more
I didn't appreciate the fact that Dickens was portrayed as some kind of womaniser, who was infatuated with a lady called Eleanor, who wore a purple cloak, and he seems to be constantly looking for her around every corner. That sounds like a ...more
Did you know....A CHRISTMAS CAROL was born out of financial necessity"....that Charles Dicken's was only 31 when he wrote the novel? (I thought him to be an old man.)
As for Bah Humbug....not this delightful work of fiction. A Scrooge type is here though complete with a humbug attitude and many other familiar plot connections and characters from A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL is an imaginative and historically atmospheric debut that gives the reader a fictional glance of th...more
I own this on kindle but I want the hardback now! I listened to the audio through the library and loved the narration!
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ...more
I read this book as a buddy read with Katie from @texasreadergirl - Goodreads.com/texasreadergirl
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Apparently this is the debut novel for Samantha Silva, but I couldn't tell. The prose is beautiful, and this was such a great, magical Christmas book. I pretty much read it in one sitt ...more
First of all, don't confuse this book with the book or movie "The Man Who Invented Christmas''....that is another story by another author (Les Standiford). Standiford's book is non-fiction, telling the tale of how A Christmas ...more
Even reading it in the height of the Christmas season, the first 100 pages of this text took me a while. It just did not grab me. “Mr. Dickens and His Carol” is a little too wordy and can get tiresome. It is a consistent problem throughout the text. I have not read enough of Mr. Dickens to know if the author (Samantha Silva) is copying (and honoring) Mr. Dickens’ style, or if it is her own.
Chapter 37 is p ...more
I have read Martin Chuzzlewit I did not think it was that bad but it was a flop.
I read all but two of his books I always thought Domby & Son it was boring .
This how he created The best novella of all time Christmas Carole.
His books were not popular after he died & ...more
Interesting idea, but the execution was lackluster at best.
Kudos to Euan Morton for doing a great job narrating with what he was given.
The fact that he was narrating was what drew me in.
That and the awesome cover. ...more
It is also debatable that married men would play with their children at the time, or show excessive emot ...more
What a fun creative idea for a story. I was transported back to the 1800s as the author wove a tale about how A Christmas Carol came to be, some parts based on facts, some embellished, all fascinating.
This would have been even more enjoyable if I was intimately familiar with Dickens' work and life. I plan to do more research, read some Dickens and reread this book again next year to get the full experience.
A special thank you to Melissa for the recommendation. 😘 ...more
Which brings us to this lovely little debut novel by Samantha Silva. Silva caught the spirit of The Christmas Carol and put the same vivacity into her own imagini ...more
Dickens was in debt since his previous novel had not sold well. His wife was spending mon ...more
A perfect Christmas read!
This re-imaging of Dickens' struggles and triumph during a time when his renown was at an ebb read almost like a biography. It introduces his family, publishers, agent, literary contemporaries, and many influential figures in his life. Having recently read a biography of Dickens, I recognized most of the people represented here, and I will say that Samantha Silva did a great job of bringing the dead to life.
The story ...more
First, I'll say that quite a few people might enjoy this book. I can see a certain appeal in it. If you want an easy, Christmas-y book with a Victorian London setting, this might fill a night or two by a roaring fire with a hot drink. (Well, except for those of you in the Southern hemisphere.) The writing level itself is okay. I even had a tear or two forming by the end. (But, I'll cry for sappy commercials or jingles, so take that comment fwiw ...more
Charles Dickens’ latest book is not selling well. The publisher is struggling financially. They suggest for Dickens to write a short story, a Christmas book, something festive, a good winter’s tale. But none of it sounds good to Dickens, who struggles with this idea of a Christmas book. He himself is going through a writer’s block. Thus, he turns to the streets of London, which he loves and which gave him inspiration for all his writings. But nothing comes.
Meanwhile, we get to know Dick ...more
At times, the writing was quite lovely:
Christmas had been hiding in the streets all along. The Dickens children marched behind their father in obedient single file, but their eyes were bright and round as new pennies. ... The air smelle...more
I applaud the author for how well she captured the time, the place and the people. But most especially for how she portrayed Charles Dickens.
I loved this book and I know that this is a book I will return to on future Christ ...more
An here with "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva we have indeed a great and beautiful written debut novel..
Let me tell you, if you love Dickens, then this is it!!!
Samantha Silva knows how to web a spell in her narration that binds and enchants the reader.
She resurrects and evoke in her novel Dickens world and characters..
They are described so mightily that they will be hunting you in your imagination and even dreams long after ha ...more
I’m not one to read Christmas books but I love historical fiction so I desperately wanted to read this. It’s a charming debut novel with beautiful prose and vivid descriptions. I could see the town and picture the people in it. The author did a fantastic job showing the complex and wonderful character of Charles Dickens - he’s flawed but very endearing.
I love how the ...more
I picked up this origin tale of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol as part of my 2017 holiday reading list. This book moved a little too slowly for me, and for the majority of it I felt Dickens to be unlikable and shallow — unable to stand up to the people in his life and immediately chasing after a new “muse” when his wife leaves him. In the end, the character ...more
Charles Dickens is a celebrate author in his city. His monthly serial story of Martin Chuzzlewit is drawing less attention and hence, generating less money. His publishers tell Dickens that he needs to write a Christmas sto ...more
Charles Dickens has been the darling boy of the reading public and his publishers unt ...more
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