Thursday, April 22, 2010

Short Review: The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of HomeTitle: The Cricket on the Hearth

Author: Charles Dickens

Pages: 182

Source: Personal library

Rating: 8/10

Challenges: Read 'n' Review Challenge

First Sentence: "The kettle began it!"

Summary (From Amazon):

"The Cricket on the Hearth" is Charles Dickens 1845 novella, which marks the third of five Christmas books written by the author between 1843 and 1847. It is the story of 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.

My Two Cents:

There's really not too much to say about this one except it's a Charles Dickens, so the writing is superb as always.

I really liked John Peerybingle as a character. He's a hard worker who provides for his family. He loves his wife even though she seems to be lying to him. John is also very kind to others, even the curmudgeonly Tackleton.

If you're looking for a nice little fairy tale-type story, give this one a go.


Hannah Stoneham said...

This sounds like a really fun not-so-well-known Dickens - I love Dickens generally so am sure that I would enjoy it. Thank you fro sharing your recommendation...

Happy Thursday


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