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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I agree fully that A Christmas Carol, is a serious work. As are The Chimes and The Haunted Man.

Dickens' last depiction of Christmas was in Great Expectations, and it was a very sombre Christmas. There doesn't seem to be much rejoicing in Dickens' later novels: it's almost as if by that stage he saw little to rejoice over.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think, as Evie said, there is a danger that people see Dickens as "just for Christmas".

The over-familiarity of some of his novels, and the way that certain ones  are wheeled out onto our TV screen every Christmas, induces a sense of ennui - I find myself thinking sometimes:  "Do I really want to read this 600-page novel when I know what happens?"   One of the reasons I enjoyed "Dr. Marigold and Mr Chops" so much was that I had absolutely no knowledge beforehand of what they were about.  

In the New Year I'll be tackling "The Old Curiosity Shop" for my book group. Perhaps I shall have a Scrooge-like conversion and be able to cast off my cynical shell.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once started a dramatisation of THE CRICKET N THE HEARTH conflated with THE CHIMES, but it defeated me.  TCOTH used to be a very popular Christmas show in Victorian times I believe.   Perhaps I'll have another go at it...........



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