Mr. Timothy

Mr. Timothy

Book - 2003
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In Louis Bayard's brilliantly imagined novel, Tiny Tim of 'Christmas Carol' fame has cast his crutches aside. Determined to cut his financial ties to his Uncle Ebenezer, he now spends his nights dredging the Thames for dead bodies and the treasure hidden in their pockets.

Publisher: London, UK : John Murray, c2003
ISBN: 9780719567018
0719567017
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 25cm
Alternative Title: Mister Timothy

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frustranisi
Jan 25, 2015

The basic theme of this book is Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' 20 years later. Tiny Tim Cratchit has grown up. He is in constant contact with the lower classes but is comfortable, thanks to the largesse of his benefactor. His 'uncle' is never named as Ebeneezer Scrooge, but it is clear that he is the still generous person that he became years ago. Tim finds himself in the middle of more than one hair raising adventure after the other, very reminiscent of Dickens' habit of cliffhangers that caused crowds of people to wait on the docks of New York to await the ship carrying the next installment. An excellent read and every bit as addictive as the original author's.

multcolib_rachaels Jul 13, 2014

Excellent historical fiction, very dark.

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bluenose62
Nov 12, 2011

I am taking the time to write a comment to this based on the other being so bad! I picked up this book at a sale somewhere which is why I own it. I enjoyed it the first time and in fact would likely place it among the top 25-50 books I have ever read. And unlike the other commenter - I haven't enjoyed the other Louis Bayard books I have read that much - although they are readable--to me not "must reads". Mr. Timothy however I have actually read twice since the first time and the re-reads are always over the Christmas season. This is why I looked the book up - I'm looking for Christmas connections books to borrow over the holidays and hoped there would be a good subject keyword. I guess no one really connects this with a Christmas read and it is only because of the lead character. Dark? yes but then so is the Chrismas Carol - and I read that original every few years as well. If I were organized, I'd syncronize my readings of these two. In anycase, this is a thrilling read. If you like your mysteries with a little thrill and based in a past reality, you will really enjoy this book.

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giddyleu
Oct 09, 2011

My 3rd and least favorite of what I've read from Mr Bayard. I didn't seem to settle in as well with the imagery he was trying to create. I also couldn't find my footing with the story. I also found it strange at first that his dialogue wasn't marked with apostrophes. I got used to it after awhile but still awkward for me.

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