Author: Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I had to do something with this book I don’t think I’ve ever done before.  At 61%, I heaved a heavy sigh, and went to read the plot summary on SparkNotes.  I really didn’t want to DNF this book, but I was completely lost in what was going on.  I know, I know!  It’s cheating!  But I wasn’t already familiar with A Tale of Two Cities, and once I looked up the plot summaries, the story fell together and I understood a bit more of what was going on. A Tale of Two Cities is fairly typical in style to other Victorian […]

Posted April 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I don’t remember the first time I read this book, but between years of reading it every December, watching one of the many excellent film renditions, and 3 years performing in a stage show derived from the original text… I know most of An Christmas Carol by heart.  It’s Dickens’ classic Christmas story – a miserly old man is visited by three ghosts Christmas morning and make him see his own cruelty and malice and inspire him to change his outlook on people and the world.  He is filled with Christmas spirit, and his heart grows three sizes.  In some renditions, […]

Posted December 24, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Chimes by Charles Dickens

The Chimes by Charles Dickens

This story comes off as a low-rent version of A Christmas Carol.  The themes of a man’s impact on the world continue through, as well as the corruption of wealth.  Both stories take place at the holidays, although The Chimes takes places on New Years Eve instead of Christmas Eve.  Both feature an old mean being taken on a journey by a ghost to see the way things might have been. The narrator did an excellent job personifying each character as an individual, and particularly excelled at the snobby, wealthy patrons of the city.  Not only does he alter his voice, but […]

Posted January 5, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //