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Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard
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Jun 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: period-drama, thriller, mystery, crime
Read in June, 2011 — I own a copy

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 fully understand, seems to call to him.

The life of the girl rapidly intertwines with that of Mr. Timothy, and before long, the title character finds himself deeply enmeshed in a web of depravity, deceit and danger, involving not just sinister, corrupt policemen, but a chillingly charming aristocrat, and potentially, even some he thought to be friends.

On top of all that, Mr. Bayard writes in gorgeous sentences that are simply a joy to read, and while there are some cliched characters here that keep the book from reaching a full five stars, "Mr. Timothy" remains a worthy, thoroughly enjoyable read.
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