Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.
The Cricket on the Hearth (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC)by Charles Dickens
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The Cricket on the Hearth is Charles Dickens third of five Christmas books. Dickens described the novel as quiet and domestic, innocent and pretty. It is a story about relationships and how they are affected by such emotions as love and egotism. The story centers on John Peerybingle and his family who are visited by a guardian angel in the form of a cricket who is constantly chirping on their hearth. A cricket, believed to be a symbol of good luck, works as a cementing factor between the couple.
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Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- February 7, 1812
- Date of Death:
- June 18, 1870
- Place of Birth:
- Portsmouth, England
- Place of Death:
- Gad's Hill, Kent, England
- Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
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When we think of Charles Dickens and Christmas stories, the first thing that comes to our mind is The Christmas Carol. But Dickens also published a couple of other Christmas stories. I first became acquainted with The Cricket on the Heart in a slightly abridged version in an old book, The Mary Frances Story Book, that somehow got passed down to me from some ancestor. I know that the book is old because it is falling apart and because I can remember it on our bookshelves from my youngest days (and it was old then!). I read the whole book, including The Cricket on the Heart, to both Mark and Jeremy. The Cricket on the Hearth is a pleasant and instructive story, as is true of most of Dickens's work. A few years ago, Karen bought some Christmas DVDs, and a cartoon version of The Cricket on the Hearth was among them. There are many, many differences between the book and the video, but it is still a nice story that the whole family can watch together. Also, sometime later, Karen bought some books that included a compilation (published in 2005 by Scholastic Inc., 90 Old Sherman Turnpike, Danbury, CT 06816) of The Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and another Christmas story by Dickens, The Holly Tree. Those who wish to avoid any mention of Christmas will, of course, want to stay away from such stories, but otherwise, for those of us who realize that we live in a world where people do celebrate Christmas and feel that we can observe the warmth of the season without necessarily giving it any religious significance, they are interesting reading.
Though no where near as poignant as A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth is worth the read for fans of Dickens. A tale of fidelity and enduring love, this novel is both uplifting and endearing. With elements of a dramatic comedy, the tale reminded me of Old English theater, as well as the ballet, La Fille Mal Gardee. I truly enjoyed the classic wit of Dickens and the charm of his innocent characters.