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The Chimes [Paperback]

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Dickens Christmas Books, in Large Print, Volume 2: The Chimes is the second in a series of five novels that Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas season. This LARGE PRINT edition is designed in 14-point Century Schoolbook for easy reading and includes an original introduction as well as a bonus essay (What Christmas Is As We Grow Older). Filled with an array of comic characters, The Chimes tells the story of Toby Veck, or Trotty, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors, but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells.

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Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2004
Publisher   Quiet River Press
ISBN  1932732012  
ISBN13  9781932732016  

Availability  130 units.
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More About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Charles Dickens (1812 70) had a happy childhood until age twelve when, due to his father s confinement in debtors prison, he was forced to leave school to work in a factory. He taught himself shorthand and worked as a parliamentary reporter until his writing career took off with the publication of Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837). As a novelist and magazine editor, Dickens had a long run of serialized success, including Oliver Twist (1838), David Copperfield (1850), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and Great Expectations (1861). In later years, ill health slowed him down, but he continued his popular dramatic readings from his fiction to an adoring public, which included Queen Victoria. At his death, The Mystery of Edwin Drood remained unfinished.
Frederick Busch (1941 2006) was the author of eighteen works of fiction, including Closing Arguments, Girls, and The Mutual Friend, a novel about Charles Dickens. The winner of numerous awards, he was the Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University.
Jane Smiley is an American novelist. In addition to her many novels (including Ten Days in the Hills, Horse Heaven, and A Thousand Acres), she wrote a short biography of Charles Dickens for the Penguin Lives series (2001)."

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.

Charles Dickens has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Annotated Books
  2. Bantam Classics
  3. Barnes & Noble Classics
  4. Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
  5. Bullseye Step Into Classics
  6. Campfire Graphic Novels
  7. Classic Collection (Brilliance Audio)
  8. Classic Lines
  9. Classic Starts
  10. Classical Comics: Original Text
  11. Clothbound Classics
  12. Collins Classics
  13. Cover to Cover Classics
  14. Dover Giant Thrift Editions
  15. Dover Holiday Coloring Book
  16. Dover Pictorial Archives
  17. Dover Thrift Editions
  18. Enriched Classics (Pocket)
  19. Enriched Classics (Simon & Schuster)
  20. Everyman's Library Children's Classics
  21. Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
  22. Hardcover Classics
  23. Ignatius Critical Editions
  24. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  25. Norton Critical Editions
  26. Oprah's Book Club
  27. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  28. Penguin Christmas Classics
  29. Penguin Classics
  30. Puffin Chalk
  31. Puffin Classics
  32. Radio Theatre
  33. Signet Classics
  34. Sparknotes
  35. Sterling Classics
  36. Tantor Unabridged Classics
  37. Unabridged Classics (Go Reader)
  38. Unabridged Classics in Audio
  39. Vintage Classics
  40. Word Cloud Classics

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Chimes?

Perhaps this is what Dickens was getting at  Jan 2, 2008
Like General Breadbasket, I, too, was confused about exactly what was supposed to be happening in the bell tower. After reading NotATameLion's review and rereading certain parts of the story, I tend to think that perhaps Trotty, a la George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life", committed or thought to commit suicide. That would fit with the story in the newspaper that had so disturbed him. (Makes me wonder if that's where Capra got the idea--and the bell.) The child guide showed him what life would be like if he were not around to care for his daughter and the others, and if they thought of themselves the way their "betters" did. What makes "A Christmas Carol" great and "The Chimes" only so-so is that the former can be easily understood superficially upon the first reading, but upon rereading (and rereading again, and watching/listening to many versions of the story) it reveals multiple layers of character and story that continue to affect the reader more deeply each time. Over the years, "A Christmas Carol" has changed the way I view society and my place in it. I doubt that "The Chimes" has that power.
The Chimes  Dec 7, 2006
Toby "Trotty" Veck is a ticket-porter, an honest man, a man who hears the chimes from the local church as he goes from place to place on his errands. He relates to their rhythms, and imagines them speaking to him. He and his daughter Meg aren't the richest people in the world, and Toby feels that being in the lower classes, no good can come from him. Comments from the likes of chaps like Alderman Cute don't help much with his feelings. Toby's way of looking at things, though, is changed forever when one day he finally visits the tower of the Chimes...

Charles Dickens wrote this book in 1844, from around October to November that year apparently, for release that December as a sort of sequel to "A Christmas Carol", focused around New Years rather than Christmas Day, and on a man who is too hard on himself, rather than being hard on others like Ebenezer Scrooge. It has good moments, yeah, (I liked Toby, Meg and the setting of the scene) but I really struggled to get through this one. After Toby visits the Chimes, I got a bit confused and found things rather hard to follow. I didn't know what was going on, I didn't know where Toby was, I didn't know what Dickens was getting at. It was a bit frustrating actually. Found it pretty hard to finish.
A New Year's Eve Carol of Sorts...  Sep 13, 2003
Modern readers of Dicken's A Christmas Carol are often inoculated to what a shocking piece of literature it was in its day. Familiarity has softened its blow to the public at large. This is not so with The Chimes.

The Chimes is the second of Dickens's "Christmas Books." Written in 1844 it came a year after A Christmas Carol and a year before The Cricket on the Hearth. Not nearly as widely read as either its predecessor or its successor, The Chimes probably packs more of an emotional wallop than either story.

Set on a New Year's Eve rather than on Christmas proper, The Chimes is a story about self-respect and the consequences of our choices. The main character, Trotty Veck is an inverse of sorts to A Christmas Carol's Ebeneezer Scrooge. He is poor and thinks so little of himself that he threatens to destroy himself and his family. Only through supernatural intervention can things hope to be set right.

I first listened to this recording of The Chimes on last New Year's Eve. First of all, this recording is unabridged (even though it is currently listed as abridged.) Secondly, this particular recording is a wonderful reading of The Chimes. One could not ask for more.

The Chimes is a tale that will--as the best of Dickensian melodrama does--grip you and wring your heart. One really gets the sense of what reading Dickens must have felt like to his contemporaries.

This is powerful stuff. Give it a try.


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