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Mr Dickens and his Carol av Samantha Silva
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Mr Dickens and his Carol (utgåvan 2017)

av Samantha Silva (Författare)

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"Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses ... On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs"--Amazon.com.… (mer)
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Titel:Mr Dickens and his Carol
Författare:Samantha Silva (Författare)
Info:Allison and Busby (2017), 320 pages
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Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past av Samantha Silva

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A Christmas Carol by Dickens has been my favorite book ever since the first time I read the story as a child. I re-read it every year and watch every movie version from Alastair Sim to the Muppets. :) When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. :) I'm glad I did!

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 Carol reignited Dickens' career. This book -- Mr. Dickens and His Carol -- although it contains some factual information here and there, is a work of fiction. Silva states at the end of the book that the story is a re-imagining of how A Christmas Carol was written. It's meant as an homage to Dickens, not as a factual story. I read and enjoyed Silva's book with that in mind.

I read this book wrapped up in my favorite fuzzy purple blanket, a cup of hot Earl Grey beside me, my fat cat asleep on my lap, and Alastair Sim in the movie A Christmas Carol (1951) playing in the background for ambiance. Full on Christmas spirit goin' on around here. :) The only way I could have felt more Christmas-y would be if I had strung twinkle lights around my head before sitting down to read. I couldn't read a book about my absolutely most favorite beloved story without everything being just right. I wanted to enjoy every word. The minute I started to read, I couldn't put the book down. It's a delightful story! Before Alastair Sim as Scrooge pretended to fire Cratchit for being late to work after Christmas, I had devoured this entire book. I loved it! And the cover is awesome! It made this Dickens fan totally happy!

Anyone who loves A Christmas Carol will enjoy this book. Just remember to read it as a work of fiction -- not a factual account.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol is Samantha Silva's debut novel. For more infoformation on the author, check out her website: https://www.samanthasilvawriter.com/

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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
What a joy! This was almost as good as the original Carol. Adorable fiction with plenty of real people and their words included. Great descriptions - you could see it, smell it and feel it... and of course, a "Christmas Ending"! ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
I'm torn by this, I really am. It is a ficitonal account of how one of the most famous and influential Christmas stories , A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, cam e to be written. And it is engaging enough, although it relies on its premise by Dickens being someone we can sympathise with. And therein lies my probem. Over the holidays I saw a 1 hr documentary about Dickens, Christmas and how he treated his wife, Catherine. I can summarise the entire thing in two words - not well. So I stuggle to find him an object of sympathy when he mistreated Catherine so badly - and even in this there are some elements of that mistreatment creeping in. I get that he was a man of his times and that what we would now consider nromal behaviour wasn't considered so at the time. But even taking that into account, he had some problems that remained unresolved and impacted those around him. All of which makes it difficult for me to have him as a central point of sympathy.
Putting all that to one side, this is an inventive book, taking a pinch of truth and a bushel of inventiveness to make a story about a story to be an entertaining read. It has its fair share of mystery and redemption, it has a happy ending (albeit it one we know to be temporary) and the story at the heart of this book is a rousing success. I think the success of this one depends partly on how much you can put aside the man you know and embrace the man the author wishes you to see. ( )
  Helenliz | Dec 27, 2019 |
Very creative idea to write a story about how Dickens wrote his famous story. I loved reading about London during his time and I watched the Scrooge movie (1951) after reading this book to get more of the flavor and visuals. I really enjoyed the whole process. ( )
  Katyefk | Dec 18, 2019 |
This is a terrific story. The author weaves elements of "A Christmas Carole" into a fictional account of how Dickens came to write the story. It is beautifully done. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
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"Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses ... On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs"--Amazon.com.

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