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The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Book Excerpt: 

REV. L. ORIEL. REV. O. SLOCUM—[In the further room.]

Miss Chauntry (sighing).—Is it wrong to be in the Guards, dear Mr. Oriel?

Miss Pyx.—She will make Frank de Boots sell out when he marries.

Mr. Oriel.—To be in the Guards, dear sister? The church has always encouraged the army. Saint Martin of Tours was in the army; Saint Louis was in the army; Saint Waltheof, our patron, Saint Witikind of Aldermanbury, Saint Wamba, and Saint Walloff were in the army. Saint Wapshot was captain of the guard of Queen Boadicea; and Saint Werewolf was a major in the Danish cavalry. The holy Saint Ignatius of Loyola carried a pike, as we know; and—

Miss De l'Aisle.—Will you take some tea, dear Mr. Oriel?

Oriel.—This is not one of MY feast days, Sister Emma. It is the feast of Saint Wagstatf of Walthamstow.

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Community Reviews

Different Christmas joy's.

I'll go back to this in the future - meant to read it over the Christmas period but only got round to a couple of the stories, which I enjoyed but didn't think were among his best.

i was delighted with this book. i found it amusing and clever, but not TOO clever, and no TOO amusing. just the right amount of both. mm!

It hasn't aged well, this collection of stories. It's too stuffy, introduces too many characters in a too short timeframe. Characters that we don't care for at all because they will never be heard of again in the next 10 pages. The problem might be that it was not was I expecting, something along th

Some of these tales seem to be starts of things, however no matter how short the lemming v cliff edge endings are, the observations are very funny.

Perfect traveling companion 2.5* Including:

Mrs. Perkins's Ball

Our Street

Dr. Birch and his Young Friends

The Kickleburys on the Rhine

The Rose and the Ring;

I started reading this book expecting something utterly different from what I've just finished to read and, at first, I was quite disappointed. Then, making it my goal to go through it, I began to like it for the satyrical language and the hilarious description of the characters. I particularly like

These weren't really Christmassy stories, rather they were the sort of stories which would be read at Christmas time.

The final story which was a children's Twelfth Night story was the best. It was funny and had some good word play in it.

The other stories weren't particularly memorable so it took me

If you love Brit Lit it's fun; if not ... I'm sorry.

Perché una valutazione così poco generosa per il grande Thackeray? Ebbene, si tratta appunto di alcuni 'Christmas Books' (come si picca di chiamarli l'autore, adottando sarcasticamente la definizione di un critico malevolo), dei 'divertissements' consistenti in una piccola galleria di ritratti satir

A charming book to dip into at Christmas time; stories such as 'Mrs Perkins' Ball' use the loose framework of a party to introduce a series of character sketches accompanied by caricatural illustrations. A very lighthearted and witty piece of social history, and still very enjoyable today.

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