This week I am in the middle of Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva. It is a fictionalized account of how author Charles Dickens came to write one of my favorite Christmas stories, The Christmas Carol. I am not finding it to be a fast read, but I am enjoying it quite a bit. It is one of those books I lose myself in when I have a good chunk of time to sit and read rather than in small doses here and there.
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On that unseasonably warm November day at One Devonshire Terrace, Christmas was not in his head at all.
I like this opening sentence and think it is a good one as a lead in to what is to come. Fortunately, the weather here has finally cooled down, and seems more fall like, but the week before Halloween, I had my doubts. As a result, I can appreciate how the weather can affect our thoughts about the holidays. Even if I live in a climate where the ice cream truck comes around the neighborhood even at Christmas time, I still appreciate that winter in this part of the world means colder weather.
"I know it's true, what you say," he said, flinging his hair back from his forehead. "But I'm in a most disheveled state, John. And fear I've lost my muse."
This is the 56% mark of Mr. Dickens and His Carol. Charles is in dire straits at this point. The deadline is fast approaching for his Christmas story, one he very reluctantly agreed to write. And now this . . .
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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