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Start your review of Il patto col fantasma Write a review Shelves: classics , art , charles-dickens , 19th-century-ish , antiquarian-books , glass-fronted-bookcase Charles Dickens is often credited with inventing the modern idea of celebrating Christmas, with festive warmth and family games, mountains of presents, food feasts, trees and garlands. He also enjoyed casting a spooky, haunting mood over the holiday. To Dickens, Christmas was not only a time for festive warmth, but one for telling ghostly stories around the hearth, with a cosy fire blazing. Christmas takes place right after the winter solstice, when the weather has dropped colder, and on the Charles Dickens is often credited with inventing the modern idea of celebrating Christmas, with festive warmth and family games, mountains of presents, food feasts, trees and garlands. Christmas takes place right after the winter solstice, when the weather has dropped colder, and on the longest nights of the year.

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Start your review of Il patto col fantasma Write a review Shelves: classics , art , charles-dickens , 19th-century-ish , antiquarian-books , glass-fronted-bookcase Charles Dickens is often credited with inventing the modern idea of celebrating Christmas, with festive warmth and family games, mountains of presents, food feasts, trees and garlands.

He also enjoyed casting a spooky, haunting mood over the holiday. To Dickens, Christmas was not only a time for festive warmth, but one for telling ghostly stories around the hearth, with a cosy fire blazing. Christmas takes place right after the winter solstice, when the weather has dropped colder, and on the Charles Dickens is often credited with inventing the modern idea of celebrating Christmas, with festive warmth and family games, mountains of presents, food feasts, trees and garlands.

Christmas takes place right after the winter solstice, when the weather has dropped colder, and on the longest nights of the year. It seems fitting to be a time for dark examination of the soul, too. For Victorians these ghost stories began to be associated with Christmas time, and the end of the year. The beginning though, is decidedly sombre. This then, is the character who will be at the centre of our tale. He is a Mr. Redlaw, a teacher of chemistry who often sits brooding over all the wrongs which have been done him, and the grief from his past.

The man and the room seem part and parcel of each other. But wait. What is this strange visitation. Is he dreaming the images he sees in the open fire, or is he seeing some spirit or ghost? Is this a supernatural agent, an inner vision, a Mr. Hyde to his Jekyll, a Jungian shadow, a doppelganger?

It seems as though Dickens himself was having a tussle with this tale, his fifth and final Christmas Book. Unlike the earlier ones which followed on each Christmas, his adoring public had to wait another year for this one. I am very loath to lose the money.

And still more so the leave any gap at Christmas firesides which I ought to fill. Was he finding either Dombey or this story particularly difficult to write? Actually, the ideas for three out of the five Christmas books had come to him whilst abroad, which is strange, as the books themselves feel very English.

However, since Forster advised Dickens to wait, he did not actually write The Haunted Man until over a year later, in Broadstairs, during his autumn holiday. He took two months, completing it at the end of November at the Bedford Hotel in Brighton.

Just as parts of that novel are very dark and downbeat, so for the main part is The Haunted Man. It was staged as a Christmas Eve production of a play in , and one wonders if the dour and sombre tone of the book pervaded this production. Certainly the one dramatisation of it that I have heard missed out the comedic elements completely. For there is brilliant comedy. What would Dickens be without his irrepressible instinct to make everyone laugh at some absurdity, or let out an uncertain giggle after a grim, morose, gloom-ridden description, or tragic, savage, devastating part of the story.

Here, Dickens seems conscious of drowning his readers in pessimism, with his lengthy descriptions of Mr. Redlaw and the ancient edifice he inhabits. Redlaw for a while, as we learn of another inhabitant in the unversity: a young student, who had not wanted his presence to be made known to his teacher.

But, the Phantom was not to be gainsaid. It is an extraordinary offer, one which the troubled Mr. Have I thought that, alone, or has it been the thought of thousands upon thousands, generation after generation?

All human memory is fraught with sorrow and trouble. Yes, I close the bargain. I WILL forget my sorrow, wrong, and trouble! Without recovering yourself the power that you have yielded up, you shall henceforth destroy its like in all whom you approach. Your wisdom has discovered that the memory of sorrow, wrong, and trouble is the lot of all mankind, and that mankind would be the happier, in its other memories, without it.

Be its benefactor! Or will it be, as in so many of the fairytales beloved by Dickens, that the fulfillment of a desire, or a wish when granted, becomes a curse? First though, we meet another delightful family, the Tetterbys. A family who own a newspaper shop, this family had me grinning from ear to ear. Considered as an individual, she was rather remarkable for being robust and portly; but considered with reference to her husband, her dimensions became magnificent.

Nor did they assume a less imposing proportion, when studied with reference to the size of her seven sons, who were but diminutive. In the case of Sally, however, Mrs. Tetterby had asserted herself, at last; as nobody knew better than the victim Johnny, who weighed and measured that exacting idol every hour in the day. They represent a class and a social group with which Dickens was very familiar; his own family when he was a child.

And here their portraits are not as sketchily drawn as the Cratchits, but beautifully filled out. And yet … to me the balance is not right. Yes, Mrs. Tetterby, going to the door by mere accident, saw him viciously pick out a weak place in the suit of armour where a slap would tell, and slap that blessed child.

We see them become callous, brutal, bitter and wrathful. There are exceptions. And we learn of course, who the student is, why he was so reticent, and what connection he has with Mr. Redlaw becomes increasingly desolate.

When he sees the Phantom, he begs it to allow others to be free of his curse even if he must remain under the curse of forgotten memories himself. She is clearly the key to unlocking the curse of memory loss, although the Phantom does not say how or why.

The ending makes us realise why this is a Christmas book. It is an allegorical tale, in which the Phantom helps to effect the moral transformation of Mr. It is the spirit of Christmas which is evoked, rather than any literal interpretation of the Christmas story. Just as Scrooge is taught a lesson and turns his life around, this tale is also about redemption and reconciliation. It tells both Redlaw and us, that we need the bad as well as the good; only then do we appreciate what we have.

Although these illustrators excelled in humorous drawings, especially in some of the earlier novels — indeed, there is a lot to be said for each interpretation — I do personally prefer the illustrations in the volume I have reviewed here, which are by Charles Green.

Charles Green illustrated four out of the five books, and this one has more than 30 beautifully atmospheric monochrome watercolours, which have an almost photographic quality.

They match the moodiness of this piece perfectly, and to me are more apt than the caricatures which suit some of his other work so well. I do feel that this is a dark piece overall.

Dickens has largely moved away from the domestic sentiment and communal cheer of the previous Christmas Books. The brooding darkness, for me, was done a little too well. Perhaps Dickens was exorcising his own ghosts.

He was all too familiar with traumatic pain from his past. Redlaw tells the Phantom that he was tortured by the memory of the death of his sister. He had also, like Redlaw, been rejected by his true love Maria Beadnell in his youth. He felt abandoned by his family, forced to work in a blacking factory at work he loathed. It has been said that even as an adult, Dickens would weep when passing by the site of the shoe blacking factory from his childhood.

The family was left penniless, the family home was given up, and his mother and all the other children lived in prison with their father. Dickens was money-conscious to the point of being obsessed with making it, for the rest of his life.

We see clearly throughout his work, that these vivid childhood memories informed much of his writing, in his politics; his sensitivity to the conditions of the poor, the imprisoned, and the disenfranchised. From the one who feels the opposite I make my evil characters, from the one who feels as a man ought to feel I try to live my life. If Dickens could see himself as having two selves, then perhaps he could also see this as a way to construct a character as well.

In a similar way, my rating of three stars here is a purely subjective one. Any writing by Dickens, for me, is streets ahead of most other writers. A more objective view may put this at 4 stars. But within his oeuvre, this remains at a middling three star read for me. Yet it is clearly a very personal story by Dickens, which perhaps answers my question near the beginning of this review: did he find this difficult to write? But how difficult this must have felt for him personally, given the anguished memories which he constantly had to endure.

My reviews of the others can be found on my shelves.

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Cancel Forgot your password? La battaglia della vita — Wikipedia It has been said that even as an adult, Dickens would weep when passing by the site of the shoe blacking factory from his childhood. They are a hoot. Dickens was money-conscious to the point of being obsessed with making it, for the rest of his life.

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Kagacage However, the overall idea that our troubles and sorrows are truly beautiful things, that remind us ip the joys that have been and may yet be, is a wonderful idea. Menu di navigazione Strumenti personali Accesso non effettuato discussioni contributi registrati entra. Redlaw tells the Phantom that he was tortured by the memory of the death of his sister. P18 uguale su Wikidata P50 letta da Wikidata. We see them become callous, brutal, bitter and wrathful. Christians have a Lord who empathizes with our sorrows and pains.

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