- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; First edition (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250154049
- ISBN-13: 978-1250154040
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[Silva] tunes herself to Dickens’s imaginative frequency…She inhabits Dickens’s sensitivity to London’s atmosphere, its chancellors and urchins, its cobblestones and fog.”
―The New York Times Book Review
“Poignant…Impeccably delivered in a sprightly prose that wants to be read out loud…Silva, one senses, is a natural-born giver, a writer who most likely leaves a candle burning in the winter nights, inviting restless perambulators in.”
“Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It’s as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it’s all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps.”
―Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See
“Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a novel of pure charm and humor, a terrific holiday tale. Samantha Silva had me haunting those dark streets alongside her inspired Dickens.”
―Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins
"Glittering...Rich and poignant...infused with holiday spirit like the best of Dickens."
“Graced by the ghostly presence of Mr. Dickens himself…Promise[s] to put you in the holiday spirit.”
“In this exceptional work uncovering the grime and glitter of 19th-century London, readers will find another framework from which to examine their hearts before Christmas.”
“Funny, clever, and touching, with a surprise ending that is a perfect Dickensian fit…Just in time for this holiday season.”
“This clever, original debut brilliantly imagines the writing of A Christmas Carol…Wildly moving, chock full of Dickensian atmosphere and written in a style as rich as a Victorian Christmas dinner.”
―The Daily Mail
“Wonderfully Dickensian…With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that’s imbued with the true Christmas spirit.”
“On its way to becoming a classic not unlike its subject matter.”
“A fun and charming – not to mention unique – take on a holiday classic…Whether you're intimately familiar with A Christmas Carol or not, Mr. Dickens and His Christmas Carol is sure to please those looking to get into the holiday spirit.”
“Told with such eloquence and imagery that you feel like you are in Victorian England right alongside the characters…Christmas spirit leaps from the pages…This is the type of book that grips you right from the beginning to the very last page; it’s the perfect book to read coming into this holiday season.”
“As welcome as a mug of hot chocolate on a December afternoon…Has all the makings of a holiday favorite…Offers the kind of gifts that readers will be happy to open again every year.”
“A wonderful, heartwarming story that is filled with Christmas spirit…Brings Victorian London to life with wit, humor, and a few references to the original story…I believe [Dickens] would have liked the book.”
“[Silva’s] accomplished screenwriting shines through in this, her debut novel―she conjures a distinctive voice to tell her tale, one not unlike the distinctive voice that Dickens utilizes in his stories.”
“A lovely read.”
―New York Post (“15 Books You Should Buy for Everyone on Your Gift List”)
“A truly imaginative and beautifully written ghost story weaving truth and fiction to create something familiar yet new.”
―Washington Independent Review of Books
“Filled with holiday spirit and comedic relief, Silva’s Victorian London may be just the escape you need during what can be a frazzling time of year.”
“Atmospheric…Entertaining…Brings yuletide London to life.”
“Silva has imagined an intriguing and atmospheric backstory to the quintessential holiday tale and its most revered author.”
“No writer in the history of literature so embodies the season of Christmas as Charles Dickens, a man who was alive to his fingertips from start to finish. Among his finest moments was surely when he wrote and published his mythic tale of Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and Tiny Tim, changing hearts and minds, then and now. Samantha Silva brings the great man, the Inimitable, to sizzling life in Mr. Dickens and His Carol. This man who brimmed with Christmases past, present, and future walks onto the public stage again in these pages, takes a bow, and enjoys the ringing applause.”
―Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.
About the Author
Samantha Silva is a writer and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel.
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As for this book I give it three and a half stars and with that rating I do not in the least suggest it is an unsatisfactory read. To the contrary it is a good book and is well written and worth reading. To me, however, the book did seem to drag and that is where seeing the movie during the reading may have altered my perception. The story lacked any sort of drama and that is the result of all of us knowing how story ends. The author attempts to create suspense by telling us about the financial difficulties Dickens was in at the time and the tensions that this created for himself with his publishers, friends, and especially his family. This might have been alright except the readers all know that the book is written and Dickens' financial situation is secured so the drama is lacking until the very end of the book. The author does come up with an unexpected plot twist that prompts me to add a half star to my rating but that's all. The twist might be foreseeable to some readers but it did catch me off guard and made for a good finish but it didn't make up for a plot that was a bit too slow and fanciful for my tastes. So, in sum, a good light read appropriate for the season but no comparison to the movie currently running, go see it. (less)
While this book is purely a work of fiction, Samantha Silva weaves many facts from the author's life and fancifully blends the cast of characters from both with many an homage to the classics we've all read and have come to love.
With a few surprises at the end, "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" is an enchanting and delightful story that is filled with heart and the spirit of Christmas. Be assured of happy tears at the end too! A charming read for all Dickens fans, not only during the holidays but throughout the year as well.
Samantha Silva has captured the very essence of the story and it's author, Charles Dickens. As someone who has read all of Dickens' works, and the Christmas Carol dozens of times and having seen every movie and television version of this classic, I can assure you that I expected to be most critical of the author, Silva.
I am so pleased to report that this novel embellishe