A Midnight Carol: A Novel of How Charles Dickens Saved Christmas

A Midnight Carol: A Novel of How Charles Dickens Saved Christmas

by Patricia K. Davis

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Midnight Carol: A Novel of How Charles Dickens Saved Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tracyfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
8:42 AMA Midnight Carol imagines the circumstances behind Charles Dickens' famed Christmas story. A financially struggling Dickens pins all his hopes on a tale to rekindle the Christmas spirit, only to be taken advantage of by his unscrupulous publisher. Dickens' kindness to several street urchins brings him unlikely allies in the struggle for justice and makes for an entertaining romp through Victorian England's gentrified townhouses and gentlemen's clubs and its gutters and gaming rooms. A fun seasonal read and a great complement to seeing a production of A Christmas Carol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book just before Christmas 2001, devoured it joyfully, and added it to my box of prized holiday reading. I just read it again, with even more pleasure this time. I'll read it again next year, and the next. It will be included in my annual plunge into Christmas stories, and stories with Christmas settings; Dickens, Irving, Theroux, John O'Hara's APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA, and others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
such a wonderful tale as A Christmas Carol to begin with. Whether more fact or fiction, this Midnight Carol is a wonderful addition to that immortal Christmas story. Having picked it up on sale, I began reading with uncertainty as to whether the work had any merit. Two chapters into it, I found myself completely taken by the many feelings and images that the story inspired. It made sense that the author is a script analyst for several film companies. (I would like to see this in film!) The plot was finely woven and the text superb, in the style of Old England, and fresh with clever insights, fitted with excerpts of Dickens own works. It kept me transfixed ¿ to see it through in one evening. As a short story set at Christmastime, like the tale it is about, it is another, moving, holiday treat in the buffet of Christmas splendor!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are many good ways to spend a snowy Christmas eve, and reading A MIDNIGHT CAROL is not one of them. Patricia Davis' slight novel offers little insight or interest into the life of Charles Dickens, reducing him to a caricature of self-depricating depression. The novel makes it seem as if Dickens would have jumped into the Thames had 'A Christmas Carol' not succeeded in bringing him financial success, instigating broad social change, and restoring Christmas as the most important day on earth. Puh-leeze! All the horrific events in Dickens' life fit together a little too neatly to seem clever in any way, and subplots about an English street urchin and Dickens' contemporaries in London society seem contrived and obvious. The blending of fact in fiction has been better obtained by the wonderful E.L. Doctorow, who far surpasses Davis in writing talent. The worst, however, are the dreamy sequences featuring the ghost of Oliver Cromwell haunting Dickens, in which I felt a hearty guffaw coming on. For kids it's the boogey man, but for Dickens it's the English puritan dictator! SPOOOKY! Don't get me wrong, the book is a great diversion, but not much more. If you really want to feel the Dickensian Christmas spirit, break out ye old copy of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and give it another read. Don't waste your time with silly sidetracks like A MIDNIGHT CAROL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this remarakable account of Charles Dickens London only serves to remind one and all of the great joy that abides in the original masterpiece. As Dickens accomplished so long ago this striking book vividly brings to life the poverty of ignorance and want that served to shackle both the master as well as the popper. The drama of Dickens own finacial desperation, tied into the the street urchins that harked as if from his very own works was truly a transending event. That lifts this fictional account above the ordinary examination of this Masterpiece to the point were another visit with Scrooge and the Cratchets virtually is required as a follw up to reading 'A Midnight Carol'.