A Christmas Carol (Penguin Christmas Classics) by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

One of 5 cherished Christmas classics
 
First released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was once an quick vintage: Londoners thronged to listen to Dickens learn it in individual and acquired out the 1st printing in days. Its reception was once so ecstatic that it truly is credited with assisting to restore curiosity one of the Victorians in Christmas traditions, together with caroling and vacation playing cards, in addition to inciting an unforeseen wave of charitable giving from Britain’s business Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet opposed to exploitative capitalism ahead of taking its present shape, it has encouraged dozens of theatrical and picture adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are ceaselessly inscribed in our hearts and minds.

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This is liberal theology indeed! The Eliot whose polemics ever since "For Lancelot Andrewes" had insisted on the necessity for religious dogma here shows himself ready to admire a hymn that has "prophetic inspiration," though that inspiration is unleashed in the service of a Divinity undefined and undefinable. This more than makes up for Eliot's sneer at Lawrence's Congregationalism, in the sense that it overcompensates, flies to the other extreme. Eliot had not taken leave of his senses, however.

The man Kipling, the myth Kipling is over; but the stories themselves-Kiplinghave all the time in the world. The stories-some of them-can say to us with the calm of anything that has completely realized its own nature: "Worry about yourselves, not us. " ANGUS WILSON Kim and the Stories It is [his] Indian vision that Kipling will surely above all be remembered by, for the British Indian scene (native and Anglo-Indian) is a composition of relationships that no one else has ever put on paper, and no one else has ever made into a consistent social metaphor for human existence.

But not yet, not at the beginning. The first five chapters of the book form a picaresque entry into "the great good-tempered world," first on the "te-rain" and then along the Great Trunk Road (India's Mississippi). It is an India refracted through Kipling's adoring memory and in its relation to the "real" India complex beyond hope of disentangling. It is an India Kipling loves for its rough vivacity, its easy mixture of manners, its encompassing of gutter and cloud; and it is praised by him (as if to unsettle all those who declare settled views of his work) as the "only democratic land in the world"by which he means, I gather, not the absence of rank or distinction but a readiness to live with and intermingle all ranks and distinctions.

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