The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens

The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens England His health failing his most important work all but done Charles Dickens is readying for the final bed But there is one story that he must tell The Final Recollections of Charles Dicken

  • Title: The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens
  • Author: Thomas Hauser
  • ISBN: 9781619024281
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • England, 1870 His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying for the final bed But there is one story that he must tell.The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens blends a historically accurate telling of Dickens s life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, corruption, obsession, and love It s the story of Dickens s coEngland, 1870 His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying for the final bed But there is one story that he must tell.The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens blends a historically accurate telling of Dickens s life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, corruption, obsession, and love It s the story of Dickens s coming of age, caught between the worlds of England s ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society The novel captures a full range of Dickensian characters Dickens the hauntingly beautiful Amanda Wingate Geoffrey Wingate, Amanda s scheming financial swindler husband and Florence Spriggs, a mutilated prostitute whose once lovely face has been carved into a mask of horror.Meticulously researched and masterfully told, The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens captures the voice of the beloved author, the divided city of London, and the uncertain tenor of the times.

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    1. Quite an assignment Thomas Hauser has given himself here, to write in the voice of Charles Dickens. And although that bar is too high to pull off, Hauser has penned a wonderful tale of intrigue, romance, fame and fate. And it's a page-turning mystery to boot! A hint at the content: "Society has found it convenient to distinguish between prostitutes and mistresses."

    2. The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens is a fun little novel (coming in at only 157 pages) disguised as a Charles Dickens autobiography. The book, set in 1870 London, is narrated entirely in the voice of 58-year-old Charles Dickens who is feeling older than his years and wants to reveal one final episode of his life before it is too late to ever do so– indeed, Dickens would die in June of that very year.The incident revealed here by Dickens occurred in 1835 shortly after he proposed marria [...]

    3. Not bad at all. Quite a mix of facts and interesting imagined scenes in the life of Dickens, with a sort of crime drama thrown in. A few things bothered me slightly: 1) that this book made me feel even more sorry for Catherine Dickens than usual, because this book has Charles, days before marrying her, telling another woman that he would leave Catherine for her in a minute; 2) Ellen Ternan is basically given “wham-bam-thank you ma’am” treatment here, and is then totally out of the picture, [...]

    4. A short novella told in the first person by Charles Dickens as he is nearing death. The focus is on 1836 when he is writing Sketches by Boz and just starting Pickwick--although it has opening and closing chapters that do a whirlwind tour of the rest of his life and career. Dickens is called in to write a puff piece about a financier but as he investigates he learns darker and darker secrets about him. Along the way we meet prostitutes with hearts of gold, earnest police inspectors and shady fina [...]

    5. I'm of a mixed mind when it comes to this book and I freely admit from the start that I'm probably going to be a total pedant about some of this. The biographical parts framing the murder/investigation/mystery weren't very well done. It took me a while to fall into the narration and to believe that this could be Dickens' voice. The opening is a rehash of the infamous autobiographical sketch and completely omits Maria Beadnell (which is only an issue in how the author is trying to frame the "roma [...]

    6. I did not really find this book enjoyable, but I do sometimes second guess myself, as I am only a poorly educated SAHM and never received a college degree, so what do I know about books and things like that. This author has many awards and nominations and writes for fancy magazines, so he is obviously better suited to such things.That being said, I, honestly, could not muster up enough suspension of disbelief in order to take it that this could be the voice of Charles Dickens. Okay, maybe if you [...]

    7. Part love story, part history, part crime drama. This book was really an interesting read. It took real facts and mixed them with fiction and the mix is quite a good story. The author states that this is Dickens' final manuscript from his locked box which was opened in 2013. Fans of Dickens will appreciate the characters and the city of London in this book as they are so reminiscent of the ones in his published novels. The lower classes, the working class, the wealthy, the squalor, the beauty, a [...]

    8. I'm not sure why I didn't like this book more. I'm a fan of historical fiction. I've read, and enjoyed some Dickens(albeit reluctantly). This book was well-written, but I had an uncomfortable feeling while reading it. I'm not sure if I expected more, or if I just couldn't suspend disbelief enough. I grabbed this book off the "new" book shelf, at the library, while none of my reserves were available. I'm often pleasantly surprised when I do that, but not in this case. I would still recommend this [...]

    9. I liked this book because I think it is fun to speculate on what may have made a man like Charles Dickens tick. Final Recollections is part fictional auto-biography, part Victorian detective story and part love story. It is well written and gets you engrossed to the point that you don't want to put it down (good thing that it's short enough to easily read in an evening). Not sure how much factual understanding of Dickens that I gained, but it was an interesting diversion. PS. Another fun aspect, [...]

    10. I thought it would be more about his life and it would be writing in the style of Dickens. The author included stories of unfair treatment of women and the poor as Dickens would have, but I found the stories… forced, and the constant defense of his bad marriage irritable. I also found his "love" for Amanda irritating… based on her beauty and her figure rather than for her person. I am going to go right now and read a few sentences from David Copperfield to make sure I am not missing somethin [...]

    11. This book is a quite different approach to the fictional biography and I found it interesting that Dickens would spend so much of the book on his true love, whom he beds only once but who remains his ideal through the rest of his life and who (more than Dicken's own experience with poverty, debtor's prison, etc.) fueled his writings on the social wrongs of Victorian society. It is a short read, but engrossing, and Dickens comes alive through this narrative told in the first person in a very beli [...]

    12. This was a very clever and intriguing novel. The author writes the book as a last letter of sorts from Charles Dickens. It revolves around an unrequited love, a mystery, etc. Many of the fictitious characters (who might actually be real, in circumstances that are historically correct) seem hint at characters in the books he writes. The author claims that some of the book are indeed words directly written by Dickens himself and built into the novel.All in all a truly fun read if you enjoy suspend [...]

    13. I picked this book up because it was short and though it would be good for a 5 hour train ride. It did not keep my attention. It felt sufficiently Dickensian but rushed in some spots and was overlong in others. The idea of taking facts and mixing crime and love to create a story seems to be done more often now than in the past. What I wonder is how often a reader then follows up by checking decipherable facts. At any rate, it did pass the time.

    14. If you like Dickens, then you should find this interesting. If you don't like Dickenswellen there's no help for you. A creative imagining of Dickens' final days and the description of a grief that follows him through his illustrious life. The primary failing of the book is also the most understandable one. It would take a greater talent than Hauser's to imitate convincingly Dickens' writing, if that were possible. And it's not.

    15. Good period piece about the underbelly and diverse people inhabiting London during Dicken's lifetime. Obviously the author reveres Dickens. This was a bold attempt to write in Dicken's voice which didn't succeed for me. From just a factual standpoint, Catherine certainly seemed to get the raw edge of the marriage. Novel attempted to be a romance of sorts, a mystery and an autobiography. Attempted, summarizes my stance on this book.

    16. This short work of fiction centers on an acquaintance made by Charles Dickens just as he was on the verge of becoming well-known. He is asked to investigate a man and ends up uncovering some unfavorable aspects of the man's character and actions. I enjoyed it and appreciated some of the actual facts about Dickens such as his performances of his works.

    17. What is fact about the life of Charles Dickens? What is fiction about the life of Charles Dickens? I don't know enough about the man to separate the two but I tore through this book with interest. It was a quick novella that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm thinking about re-reading some Dickens' classics and other books written by Thomas Hauser.

    18. A charming and delightful short novel filled with facts about Dickens, this was a pleasure to read, and made me want to revisit Dickens's fiction, as well as read a bio of him. It was fun to see him trying to right a wrong, and at the same time, write installments of The Pickwick Papers + watch his fame grow.

    19. Interesting book about the time period that Charles Dickens lived. There is a murder mystery involved but also thrown into the book- how he wrote, his popularity and class system of England of his time. I enjoyed reading this book.

    20. A fictional final word from Dickens This short novel by Thomas Hauser is a bit like a biography, posing as an autobiography, wrapped around a fictional account of murder, corruption, exploitation, and romance (of a sort). It's not a gripping tale, but if you're a Dickens fan, it's a good story.

    21. Reads like a lost short story by Dickens even though it captures some of his life. Good period piece about the London underbelly and class struggles with elevating beyond station and how the "haves" didn't want to share.

    22. a bit of a mess the style and flavor of Dickens is there, so the author can surely write well the murderous parts were compelling but the rest seemed a bit like filler part bio, part fable, not enough of the latter, too much of the former

    23. This could have been a very good as a full-length biography; but due to the brevity of the book, it just felt rushed, not fully fleshed out, and a bit disjointed.

    24. Hauser had a fun idea and executed it well. I am almost tempted to pick up a Dickens novel - but not yet.

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