‘Come with meto St Pancras Old Church, on a little London hill...’It’s Christmas Eve and on this enchanted night Charoum, the Angel of Silence, can speak. As night turns to day, he unfolds a resonant story of a little girl, a homeless man and a fox...In the tradition of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas, Tidings takes us on a journey into the heart of Christmas, showing us‘Come with meto St Pancras Old Church, on a little London hill...’It’s Christmas Eve and on this enchanted night Charoum, the Angel of Silence, can speak. As night turns to day, he unfolds a resonant story of a little girl, a homeless man and a fox...In the tradition of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas, Tidings takes us on a journey into the heart of Christmas, showing us celebrations down the ages and across the globe – as dawn sweeps from East Australia to Bethlehem, from London to the Statue of Liberty in New York. This is Christmas in all its magic, reminding us that it is a time not only of good tidings, but of loneliness and longing, compassion and connection.Beautifully illustrated and exquisitely musical, Tidings is a poem to be read out loud and cherished....
|Title||:||Tidings: A Christmas Journey|
|Number of Pages||:||80 Pages|
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Tidings: A Christmas Journey Reviews
Ruth Padel is one of my favorite poets, so I jumped at the chance to read her new book-length holiday poem. Set across one Christmas Eve and Christmas day and narrated by Charoum, the Angel of Silence, the poem switches between Holly, a seven-year-old girl excited for Christmas, and Robin, a forty-four-year-old homeless man who follows a fox to a Crisis Centre. Here he gets a hot meal and some human kindness to make up for the usual bleakness of the holidays:Christmas is the salt mine.Salt in the wound, a nothing-time.I was loved once. Who by? Can’t remember.I especially liked the fragments that juxtapose this contemporary London story with centuries of history:Up here the evening glides over golden mosson the flat-top tomb of Mary WollstonecraftPagan Christmas fizzes and teems with ghosts,midwinter fires, mummers and waites, Yulelogs and mistletoe.The poem also journeys to Jerusalem and Rome to survey a whole world of Christmas traditions, then and now.It’s a lovely little volume, with the red, black and white theme offset by touches of gold. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the story line disappointed me: starting with the character names, it all felt rather clichéd. Padel has treated urban foxes much more successfully in her collection The Soho Leopard, and apart from a very few instances – like the above quotes – the verse struck me as largely undistinguished, even awkward (like the out-of-place clinical vocabulary in “Love, / and the lack of it, can change the limbic brain”). This means that, for me, this book fails to earn a place as a Christmas classic I’ll reread year after year.My thanks to Cat Mitchell of Random House for the free review copy.Originally published with images on my blog, Bookish Beck.
Beautiful, beautiful book. I'm not used to read poetry in English, but I enjoyed it very much. It is a sad book, I won't deny it, but it is so real, so powerful. Lovely stories.
Tidings is such a beautiful poem and so well illustrated that it will become a christmas tradition to read it every year in our home.
Lovely little book. A poem about Robin a homeless man, Holly a little girl, a fox and the sunrise sweeping over London and other places.
A Christmas poem, spoken by an angel, about a homeless man, a young girl and a fox, set in a snowy corner of London. Unusual and haunting. Wonderful illustrations and a stunning cover by Sarah Young.