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The Mysteries of Edwin Drood

Today, I am celebrating the anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth by posting my review (the last one for the Dickens Project!) of his last novel, cut short by his death. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the last novel of … Continue reading

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Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend is Dickens’s last completed novel. The story revolves around the Harmon fortune. Old John Harmon, a cold-hearted miser, has died leaving his fortune to his estranged son, also John Harmon, on condition that he marry Bella Wilfer. … Continue reading

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Hard Times: For These Times

Hard Times is Charles Dickens’s shortest novel. It is much less character-driven than Dickens’s other novels. There are some interesting characters, but we don’t really get to know any of them very well. Louisa Gradgrind is perhaps them most interesting … Continue reading

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A Fancy for Christmas Time?

The Haunted Man; and the Ghost’s Bargain (subtitled A Fancy for Christmas Time) is the last of Charles Dickens’s five “Christmas Books”. Like A Christmas Carol, and unlike the other three Christmas Books, The Haunted Man actually takes place over … Continue reading

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The Battle of Life. A Love Story.

A Christmas Carol is divided into Staves and has ghosts, The Chimes is divided into Quarters and has goblins, The Cricket on the Hearth is divided into Chirps and has fairies. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens, on the … Continue reading

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The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home.

If A Christmas Carol is a ghost story and The Chimes is a goblin story, then The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens is a fairy story. It opens with a lengthy description of how “The kettle began it!” … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Part of the charm of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is its shortness and its structure, divided very neatly into five “staves”. The main character, Mr. Scrooge, is tightfisted and reclusive. He shows no compassion for anyone, his entire … Continue reading

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