- File Size: 208 KB
- Print Length: 82 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Orange Cow Productions (March 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007J6KP3K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,204,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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These are questions that are posed in the novel Cratchit & Company by Garrett Gilchrist. A thoroughly engaging story about what happen to Bob Cratchit on Christmas Eve 1844. Bob is dealing with the death of his son, Tiny Tim and his cruel boss Ebeneezer Scrooge. The year is 1844 when his life is changed by three spirits. It's a story to already know, but told from not only a different perspective, but with a modern flare.
Gilchrist gives a voice to Bob, when not much is known about the lowly clerk of Scrooge & Marley's Counting House. what about his home life or what Bob really thinks of his boss. we are taken on a journey through Bob's life with familiar guides. Gilchrist's Bob's is unassuming, but is is a man with fears and hard choices that feel real and similar to some our own fears and choices. What Bob experiences, many others have experienced, whether in love or career choices. What stands out in Crachit & Company is Gilchrist's frankness about Bob and his choices. What choices he is given. And what choices he makes.
I could relate to Bob Cratchit is a way I never thought of before with the classic story, as Bob is hardly a major player there. I found I could sympathize with Bob and the choices he has to make, after seeing his own life pass before him. It is a refreshing retelling of the classic story and a healthy dash of wit thrown in for good measure.
I love characters who are broken, flawed, troubled, or not the standard type of hero, an anti-hero, if you will. Bob Cratchit is not just what Gilchrist calls an 'Everyman', he is flawed and very much broken when we meet him. He is also you, at least that is what i felt when reading it. I find Gilchrist's writing enjoyable and easy to read, while he still pays a bit of an homage to Dickens' beloved work.
Crachit & Company would make a fun movie, but in the mind time you should check out Crachit & Company for something a little different. You can buy it here, Crachit & Company.
Authors who take a well-known story and play around with it a bit are authors I love to read. I may not always like what they've done and think they should have left the story alone, but I encourage their creativity.
CRATCHIT & COMPANY is centered around Bob Cratchit, the famous literary father of Tiny Tim. I'm actually a little confused about his being visited by the three spirits. Are they trying to make him say he chose the wrong path in life? Are they trying to make him realize he has a lot to live for? Are they trying to make him want the richness that Scrooge is blessed with? I'm just a little lost as to their purpose.
What I do enjoy is seeing that Scrooge does have a (somewhat) warm heart despite his gruff exterior. He chooses to help Bob Cratchit during his time of need ... and this is before Scrooge is approached by the three spirits himself. Which now makes me wonder ... Was Scrooge's change of heart kickstarted by his helping Bob Cratchit?
This story should be read for entertaining purposes only. It's definitely different and good enough to give a once over ... and at 80 pages, how much of your day is it really going to take away?
*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
In any minute of any day we can make decisions that will harm or benefit ourselves and others. It is Christmas and the New Year that make us really pause and take stock. The Ghost of Christmas Past tells Cratchit, "We have a responsibility to the universe to leave this world no worse than we found it. A great man will try to make the world better."
From religion the conversation then continues on the subject of money. Again a spotlight is shone not just on the Cratchit but on ourselves. Like Cratchit, we are not great: we are good, but liars.
Finally Marley's ghost gets Cratchit to Scrooge's house, where both Scrooge and Cratchit see the Reaper. Then Cratchit has to face the choice between riches or saving Scrooge's life. Both men stay true to their natures and Cratchit leaves to return home, but things are not quite as they were.
The storytelling is well executed and an interesting change of POV of a well-known story.
On the presentation side, and it might just be my Kindle download, I disliked the double blank space between paragraphs. It meant I needed to click the page down button twice as often as would otherwise have been the case. There are a few proof reading/editing issues that need addressing . In the early sections there are far too many hyphens that ought to be commas, ellipses that ought to be full stops. Later there are some misplaced or missing commas and a few typos. On the whole the majority is beautifully done.