“The Holly-Tree Inn” is a short story written by English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870). First published in 1855, it is a tale on travel and loneliness. This edition also contains the beautiful biography “Charles Dickens” written by English writer Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936) in 1906....
|Title||:||The Holly-Tree Inn (Annotated)|
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|Number of Pages||:||52 Pages|
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The Holly-Tree Inn (Annotated) Reviews
Read it in one day on holiday.Basically just the musings of a chap who's stuck at The Holly Tree Inn, due to bad weather.To pass the time he reminisces about his passed experiences at various inns.A bit boring actually although being a Dickens tale there is a lesson awaiting the troubled muser.Turns out he had mistakenly thought his best friend wanted to marry his sweetheart and was getting away as a result.The weather keeps him at the inn which fortuitously leads him to discover his error just as he is about to depart.His discovery sends him back in the direction of his sweetheart.I won't say what he discovers or I'll completely spoil the ending which I don't like to do in case someone reads my review before reading a particular story. Read only if, like me, you are on a mission to read all of Dicken's works, otherwise feel free to give it a guilt free miss.
I actually read this in a Wilkie Collins collection. Per the collection, Collns co-wrote it with 2 other authors and Dickens published it. It is fairly obvious that at least two and probably three different people wrote it as the styles contrast tremendously. Although a huge fan of both Dickens and Collins, I found it wanting. I suspect Collins wrote the beginning and ending (a rather lame tale of mistaken motive tied up at the last possible moment in a feel good in time for Christmas kind of way a la "The Cricket in the Hearth") and the remainder was two unrelated pieces written by others which they managed to splice into its middle.... Anyway, i recommend this for fans only.
The language was difficult to connect with, but I was still able get through the book. There were some parts I had to give up with analyzing and move forward. The 2nd chapter was a little boring and uninteresting. 1st and 3rd chapters was a little more engaging. The moral of the story was to not assume, seek the truth, and love.
A bit disappointed with this book particularly as I got it to read for a group discussion on Charles Dickens novels, later in the year, and when I read it found half of it wasn't even written by him!
The section concerning the two young children is hilarious.
A nice Dickens Christmas Story especially Chapter 2. The only problem is this book dropped the last couple paragraphs, fortunately I had the story in another book.