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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot.

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The Chimes

The Chimes - Charles Dickens, Penguin Books LTD, Geoffrey Palmer, Geoffrey Palmer

by Charles Dickens


This was the first of Dickens' Christmas stories and predates A Christmas Carol by a year. It was also adapted to a stage play.


It's rather typical of some of Dickens' earlier writings where there is a lot of dialogue with too many characters and it can get confusing as to what's going on, but the main character is Toby Veck, who has an interesting experience in the bell tower.


As Dickens stories go, I can't see myself reading this one again and I don't think it holds a patch on A Christmas Carol, but it's one more ticked off my list.