The Chimes

The Chimes

by Charles Dickens
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The Chimes by Charles Dickens

Dickens Christmas Books, in Large Print, Volume 2: The Chimes is the second in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. This LARGE PRINT edition is designed in 14-point Century Schoolbook for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a bonus essay (What Christmas Is As We Grow Older). Filled with an array of comic characters, The Chimes tells the story of Toby Veck, or Trotty, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors, but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484178942
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/21/2013
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback.

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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vespa63 More than 1 year ago
The chimes is an over looked holiday classic by Dickens. It is a pity that A Christmas Carol gets all the attention, while a wonerful gem like this goes unnoticed. I recommmend the Colonial Radios Audio dramatization for those looking for some holiday listening. You will not be disappointed.
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Lufbra More than 1 year ago
This is the second Christmas book that Dickens released and that seems apt because it should place second in his Christmas canon behind 'A Christmas Carol.' This book deals with some of the same themes that were explored by it's bigger brother but in a more direct and preachy way. That is the plight of the poor and the cold heartedness of the Victorian establishment and it's wealthy power players treat them. Be advised that this book is more somber and melodramatic than it's predecessor and Dickens doesn't hold back. The story of Trotty Veck and his family is both an indictment and a revelation even to this day and the fact that Dickens set it at the beginning of the new year -and all that potential that date suggests - was a stroke of genius. This book is important as it leads into his later and darker writings but it does have it's flaws. The writing seems rushed and unprofessional for a man of Dickens stature. It is never explained why the bells chose to admonished Trotty over anyone else in the story although most of the other characters seem to be heading in the wrong direction and there are large gaps in the tale as Trotty moves into the future that leaves the reader asking too many questions. This book was probably one good revision away from reaching the literary heights of Dickens other works. Having said that it is a good story and one that needed to be told both in Victorian London and the modern day but don't expect a masterpiece.
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Great book