Monday, February 9, 2015

The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens

The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens: Thomas Hauser

This story recounts the final years of Charles Dickens life but begins with his telling of the most haunting series of events in his life.

The story begins with Dickens explaining his early years of grinding poverty due to his father’s spendthrift ways and the harsh class system of 19th Century England.   The story he shares is a shocking heart breaker mainly because of the murder of a man and disfigurement of a woman.  The greed and evil of the proflagrant nemesis is interlaced with Dickens’s coming of age and early beginnings of his writing career.    

The story continues over some years and illustrates how many of Dickens most memorable books were written including The Old Curiosity Shop;  Oliver Twist, Martin Chuzzelwitt and the Pickwick Papers.   The reader travels with Dickens to American twice; first as a little known author, and then as a renowned storyteller sought after across the land.   As his life wanes her recalls many of the memorable people he met along the way, notably the wife of the nemesis, the beautiful Amanda Wingate. 

This story begins as memoir, evolves into a murder mystery …and ends on a poignant and satisfying note.

Worth picking up….

Reviewed by Karen     

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