The Chimes by Charles Dickens

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The Chimes

A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In

Charles Dickens

Pages: 68 / Audio: 3 hrs 42 mins

The haunting Charles Dickens 1844 novella that concerns the disillusionment of Toby "Trotty" Veck, a poor working-class man. When Trotty has lost his faith in Humanity and believes that his poverty is the result of his unworthiness he is visited on New Year's Eve by spirits to help restore his faith and show him that nobody is born evil, but rather that crime and poverty are things created by man.

Novel Gobblers Perspective

I listened to the audio book and though I wasn't sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was wonderful. I admit, it took me a bit to get into it due the older language. But the message was beautiful and well worth the time.

Something I found interesting was that Dickens divided the the book into four sections he called quarters, related to time on a clock, which the ringing chimes indicated. In the Christmas Carol, he referred to the sections as "staves" , i.e. musical "stanzas", and The Cricket on the Hearth is divided into "chirps".

Happy Reading!


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