24 thoughts on “Christmas, Charles Dickens’ and today

  1. Alex Miller

    This was the bicentenary year of the greatest novelist to write in the English language and Claire Tomalin’s Charles Dickens: A Life is a fitting tribute to the Inimitable author, “who set 19th-century London before our eyes and who noticed and celebrated the small people living on the margins of society.”

    Reading Tomalin’s biography it is easy to imagine the reaction Dickens would have had to the squalid Con-Dem coalition and as a republican he would have avoided the diamond jubilee celebrations like the plague.

    I did think that Tomalin was occasionally a little mean-spirited in her comments on some of the works but she redeems herself amply in the moving final paragraphs of the book.



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