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Dickens gave his first formal expression to his Christmas thoughts in his series of small books, the first of which was the famous "Christmas Carol." There followed four others: "The Chimes," "The Cricket on the Hearth," "The Battle of Life," and "The Haunted Man." The five are known today as the "Christmas Books." Of them all the "Carol" is the best known and loved, and "The Cricket on the Hearth," although third in the series, is perhaps next in popularity, and is especially familiar to Americans through Joseph Jefferson's characterisation of Caleb Plummer.
The title creature is a sort of barometer of life at the home of John Peerybingle and his much younger wife Dot. When things go well, the cricket on the hearth chirps; it is silent when there is sorrow. Tackleton, a jealous old man, poisons John's mind about Dot, but the cricket through its supernatural powers restores John's confidence and all ends happily.
Cricket in the Hearth – every time I hear that name, I always think of the animated Christmas special, though I never really realized it was meant to be a Christmas story until I did a little research about the story after I finished reading it.
At under 100 pages, the original Cricket in the Hearth was published as a short novella in 1845, unlike his usual serial formats for his longer works.
Cricket in the Hearth is a whimsical tale of lost love and found again, and the Cricket is the spirit of the season.
I can definitely say the book wasn’t what I was expecting, and is probably the least favorite story / book I’ve ever read by Dickens. It was a nice story, but I found something lacking in the book.
Besides the below challenges, this book also was read for the Classic Children’s Literature event for this month (hence why I’m posting this review on a non-review date)
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: