The Christmas Books: "the Cricket on the Hearth"; "the Battle of Life"; and "the Haunted Man" Vol 2

The Christmas Books: "the Cricket on the Hearth"; "the Battle of Life"; and "the Haunted Man" Vol 2

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Set in a pantomime world of toys, Dickens' Christmas stories were accclaimed by Thackeray as a "crammed with extra bonbons, french plums and sweetnesses...a Christmas pageant which you witness in the arm-chair". Of the stories in this volume "The Battle of Life", subtitled "A Love Story" has little in common with the other Christmas tales, although it does share the theme of the morally beneficial effects of memory, which runs throughout the genre and is central to another story in this collection, "The Haunted Man". This last christmas story contains one of Dickens's greatest comic families - the Tetterbys - and a horrifying, concentrated poignancy in its depiction of the "hungry 'forties" which foreshadowed the achievement of Bleak House. "The first novella in this volume, "The Cricket on the Hearth" is regocnizeably Dickensian - a morality tale of literal and figurative blindness and an admonishment for charity.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 14mm | 252g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140439765
  • 9780140439762