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The Cricket on the Hearth (in Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, 5 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Quiet River Press LLC; Large type edition edition (5 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932732020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932732023
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,962,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and many more.

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The third of Mr Dickens' Christmas Books and much less gloomy than The Chimes. A gentle story about marriage, love and fidelity; Dickens left social criticism to one side for this one. He wanted The Cricket to be '... a vein of glowing, hearty, generous, mirthful, beaming references in everything to Home, and Fireside.'

It's Christmas and John Peerybingle has been married to his much younger wife Dot, for almost a year when he is led to believe by the grisly toymaker, Mr Tackleton, that she is having an affair. Tackleton himself is due to be married to another younger woman and the toymaker's assistant, Caleb Plummer, realises that by pretending to his blind daughter that Tackleton has been generous and loving to them their whole lives (when of course he has been the exact opposite) that Caleb has caused his daughter to fall in love with Tackleton and she is distraught that Tackleton is getting married to someone else.

But the cricket on the hearth sings to Peerybingle and helps him to remember the love he has for his young wife and there is almost a fairy tale happy ending with Tackleton's reform being so rapid as to be slightly startling. As usual for Dickens, his characterisations are brilliant and even if the rapid reform of Tackleton is a little too rapid to be truly realistic, the Christmas Books were intended to be fables rather than gritty, realistic dramas and the ending is truly heartwarming.
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A heartwarming tale about a middle aged carrier, John Peerybingle, his young wife, Dot . the long suffering Caleb Plummer the latter's blind daughter , Bertha, and Caleb's tight fisted and spiteful employer Mr Tackleton
The cricket on the hearth of the delivery man and his wife's home is the guardian spirit of the family, and warns them of all sorts of things to come.
When Tackleton leads John to believe his wife is involved with a young man, it is the cricket who must act as the voice of reason and point the way to the truth of her innocence, making for a happy ending
I did like the turn of phrase(especially Dot's) and the humour and those who say that this novella lacked Dicken's usual wordcraft were missing something.
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I enjoyed this book. It is a little slow to start and, at first, seems to have a rambling story-line but suddenly begins to make sense and the ending is very satisfying. There were one or two typos in this edition (hence only 4 stars) but this did not detract from the pleasure of reading it.
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Kept me reading again. One of Dickens short stories but none the less as rich as ever I could feel the cold, and then the warmth.
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This charming classic tale is about family, love and friendship. It covers all the universal themes with some mild twists and heart warming writing. It is a hard book to categorise, each clump of pages seem to come from a different genre, but the end effect is lovely.

Dickens has once again written vibrant characters as well as a strong location that is still relevant well over a century later.
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For the first five or six pages I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this book and nearly gave it up. So glad I didn't. It's a short book so the story-line is not too involved which makes it a good book to read between more substantial books. Even though it is short, it is packed with Dicken's brilliant characters and humour with a conclusion that is not too obvious. A delightful read.
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By Book Critic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2014
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Over-egged with sentimentality, even for Dickens. A little disappointing: very predictable; I thought there's be a touch more magic in it. I can see why it's not become a classic, but then, A Christmas Carol was an awfully hard act to follow. Comfort-reading, certainly, and pleasant-enough reading for the season.
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By Mrs. Little on 12 April 2013
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Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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