“ Author: Charles Dickens / Genre: Classic Literature „
I come back to 'A Christmas Carol' in some form or other in either the text, the film versions (with Alistair Simm, George C Scott or Michael Cain) or even Scrooge's presentation in TV commercials at this time of year. He's an icon. But as I discovered at University many years ago, Dickens has written a pretty serious text worthy of study.
You can think about Scrooge as a pragmatic and utilitarian figure who lacks that emotional and spiritual sense that makes life bearable. Or you can look at the portrait of an isolated figure wandering through the freezing London streets in Stave One, a figure avoided by everyone and connect this to the hints about his childhood estranged from his father and wonder if Dickens has created a character who is depressed. I love the final chapter where he reconciles himself with the Cratchets and with his nephew. I love the scene on Christmas morning where he sends the prize turkey to Bob Cratchets. It is such a hopeful book.
Time hasn't treated 'The Chimes' so well. It's a seasonal tale set on New Year's Eve and like 'A Christmas Carol' involves a character who has a change of heart and realises that human nature is good and God cares about individual human beings.
Both books will provide a heart-warming antidote to the commercialism of Christmas.
I'm sure everyone must know by now the story of A christmas Carol, so I'll not bore you with the details. However not many people know about The Chimes, this is the sequel to A Christmas Carol. Dickens objective to this novel was to celebrate New Year and make it better than the last. The novel which dictates New Years Eve and illustrates the influence of the spirits within the chimes. The chimes simply visualise shadows of what are to be if the continuation of the old year is to be made. This is a much underated novel and tends to be over shadowed by the much loved Christmas Carol. However its point is most important and clearly signifies the definition; to ring an old year out and a new year in. Another fine piece of artistic writing from Dickens. This is a much loved pice of writing of which is most relevant today as it was nearly two hundred years ago. It is very much a shame to leave it off the reading list. Dickens must be one of the greatest authors of all time, he writes with much charm, wit and elegance. The novels of Dickens will never tire, and will always be close to the heart as there is no other place where the they deserve to be.
In October 1843, Dickens hit upon the idea of writing a story that would not only celebrate Christmas but alert people to the desperate needs of England's poor. The Christmas Carol was the result. The Chimes is a topical satire set on New Year's Eve.