Thursday, September 24, 2009

Book review: The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford

This"slim little volume" is the story of how Dickens' A Christmas Carol changed Dickens' life and its impact on his society. It's an interesting read, well-organized and thought-out.

Although it plods a little in the first section, recounting Dickens' early history and literary successes and failure, the narrative picks up once A Christmas Carol is published. The descriptions of the public's reaction to A Christmas Carol are immediate. The enthusiasm pulls you along with it and brings a little of the holiday into your moment.

It's a story filled with ups and downs. In fact, the story of Dickens' life ends on something of a down note. Standiford's attempt to close on an up-lift falls short of Dickens' turn of phrase, but is well-intentioned.

All together, I'd call it a charming and worthwhile read.

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