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Dickens's delightful evocations of a Victorian Christmas include the title story, a heartwarming fable of home life; "The Holly-Tree," concerning love reclaimed at a country inn; and "The Haunted House," an entertaining account of a belligerent ghost. Combining realism and fantasy, these tales attest to their author's flair for characterization and the picturesque....

Title : The Cricket on the Hearth and Other Christmas Stories
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ISBN : 9780486280394
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 118 Pages
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The Cricket on the Hearth and Other Christmas Stories Reviews

  • K.
    2018-11-11 15:41

    Dec 2015. Just reread my copy of "The Cricket on the Hearth" which has this inscription in the front "Clarence. from Aunt Grace. Xmas /98." NOT 1998. It's a gorgeous tiny old book that makes me happy just to hold it. This a totally sappy little story about misunderstandings and repentance and love. Always delightful. Not Dickens' best, but certainly worth the hour it takes to read if only to fall into a time and circumstances we can't imagine anymore.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2018-10-16 20:52

    Three short stories left me with 3 impressions. Cricket: Odd but interesting. Very, very wordy, but that can be Dickens at times. What I couldn't get was where in the world Christmas played into it. The only connection I could make is that the story was published in the Christmas season. Other than that, well, whatever. A great twist at the end of the story that finally made the whole thing make sense. Some good lessons, too (if you wish), as only Dickens can write. (3 stars)Holly: I followed this one well, even though it moved all over the place in the protagonist's memories. I loved the ending and was glad for the happiness of it all. I had hoped he was wrong anyhow. And the Christmas of this story is that it takes place at Christmas, though it never mentions the day by name. (3.5 stars)Haunted: So far one of the funniest Dickens I've read. The first chapter was uproariously hilarious! I love Dickens talent for words and writing, especially when he throws in his wit. The second chapter I was following, but couldn't imagine where the story could be going with only a 2-page chapter left. And while I loved the ending and had hoped for it near the beginning, there is absolutely no way anyonw could tell that was what would come. It isn't related! Seriously. If you are one of those read-the-end-before-the-whole-book people, that won't help you in the slightest with this story. So while I'm still going "what?!" with the 2nd chapter, I think it just adds to the humor throughout the book. (4 stars)Of the 3, I think my favorite was the last because of how much laughter I got from it. The second was the sweetest. And the third was the most moralistic. I suppose that's a good collection. I'm glad I read some of Dickens' other holiday works (he has several) because it added to the spirit of the season...and short stories are working me back into reading classics again. Still, for such a short book, it's embarrassing it took me this long. Oh well. Worth it for me. Though now how am I to fit in "Christmas Carol" in just 3 days before Christmas?!Avergage rating is 3.5 stars.

  • Jeanette
    2018-11-03 15:47

    "It was a heart so full of love for her; so bound up and held together by innumerable threads of winning remembrance, spun from the daily working of her many qualities of endearment; it was a heart in which she had enshrined herself so gently and so closely; a heart so single and so earnest in its Truth: so strong in right, so weak in wrong: that it could cherish neither passion nor revenge at first, and had only room to hold the broken image of its Idol." (43)"It was under these circumstances that I resolved to go to America - on my way to the Devil." (67)"'s always either Yesterday with you, or else Tomorrow, and never To-day..." (89)

  • Alleluialu
    2018-10-23 20:10

    The Cricket on the Hearth was a very entertaining story. The story of a little family, its members somewhat insecure in their relationship with each other, but a nice little family nonetheless. Yes, Dickens puts a mystery and a twist in the story that doesn't resolve itself until the end -- which I liked very much. The other stories were kind of dark and creepy -- guess Dickens was good at that, too, but I didn't like them as well. Anyway, it's always good to read a Dickens' tale at Christmastime.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-24 20:44

    This book has been on my list for a long time. I'm glad that I have finally read it and can take it off my list. I felt like these three stories took all the weaknesses of Dickens but few, or none, of his strengths. I wish I could say that I liked them, but I didn't really. They were overly descriptive with none of the heart of Dickens' Christmas Carol or Tale of Two Cities. I liked the Cricket on the Hearth best, but even its compassionate characters couldn't compensate for the overwrought descriptions.

  • Leslie
    2018-10-23 16:51

    I don't seem to understand any of dear Charlie's Christmas stories so far except A Christmas Carol. None of these were even remotely entertaining for me. In fact they were pretty weird. I'm so glad they were not the first Dickens I encountered or they might have been my last. Are these what Louisa May Alcott referred to as "potboilers"?

  • Kristi Anderson
    2018-10-30 19:47

    Still trying to figure out how these are considered Christmas stories. Not sure as there was really no mention of Christmas. Took a little bit to get used to the language and the stories were OK. Not my favorite but worth a days reading.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-04 14:06

    We have just started this book.

  • William Tracy
    2018-10-27 13:11

    An interesting Christmasy tale I had not read before. It's certainly not as good as A Christmas Carol, and some of the redemption part falls a little flat, but it's an enjoyable read.

  • Conor O'mahony
    2018-11-08 20:04

    Light reading - not his best work

  • Rachael
    2018-10-16 15:48

    Heartwarming stories I am assuming are sketches for Christmas Carol.