Another in Dickens's "carol philosophy" series which includes The Chimes
and A Christmas Carol
Dickens is a master of twists and turns, vivid description, and the redemption of his characters. This novel is no exception. His detailed description of Dot, the young wife, draws you to her as warmly as the hearth she attends. Married to John, her gentle, simple, older husband, Dot appears to be unfaithful. Lovingly, John realizes that he took her from the limelight at a young age, and it is perhaps right to set her free of her obligations. But who is the Stranger he brought into his home, and what was the meaning of the exchange he secretly witnessed? Amid the hard-hearted Tackleton, the blind doll maker Bertha, her devoted but misleading father, and silly Tilly Slowboy, Dickens weaves a most beautiful tale of devotion, marital love and fidelity. No one exceeds his ability to draw a picture with words. Even Boxer, the dog, barks from the pages.--Submitted by T. Lemley
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I've just finished reading this, the third of Dickens' Christmas Books. Far better than The Chimes. Not a patch on A Christmas Carol although I have heard there was a time when it was more popular than ACC.
The interesting conceit of the blind girl whose father, out of love for her, has described her home and other people in far more rosy terms than they deserve.