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Marley
Marley: A Novel | Jon Clinch
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From the acclaimed author of the marvel of a novel (Entertainment Weekly) Finn comes a masterful reimagining of Charles Dickenss classic A Christmas Carol with this darkly entertaining and moving exploration of the twisted relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. Young Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley are very different in temperament when they meet in the gloomy confines of Professor Drabbs Academy for Boys, but they form a bond that will endure for the rest of their lives. As years go by, with Marleys genius for deception and Scrooges brilliance with numbers, they build a shipping empire of dubious legality and pitiless commitment to the slave trade, concealing their true investments under the noses of the London authorities. Circumstances change, however, when beautiful Belle Fairchild steps into Ebenezers life and calls into question the practices that made him wealthy. Under the influence of a newfound passion, Ebenezer tries to turn Scrooge & Marleys business toward better ends, but his partner is not ready to give up his unsavory past or easy profits so quickly. Ignoring the costs to themselves and those around them, the two engage in a shadowy war against each other, leading to an unforgettable reckoning that will echo into their futures. Brilliantly written in Jon Clinchs signature spellbinding (The Washington Post) prose, Marley is an unforgettable reimagining that will forever deepen the way you view the Christmas classic.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I thought the prequel to A Christmas Carol was clever, but I didn‘t really like the story itself. #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

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Chili
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Another book finished. Yay! #WinterGames2020 #ReadNosedReindeer

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The premise of “A Christmas Carol” prologue where we see the nature of Marley and how Scrooge became the way he is was well outlined and intriguing; But while evocative of the era, it didn‘t quite meet the mark of being atmospheric and, certainly didn‘t get under my skin the way ‘Finn‘ did. Still, I would consider re-reading this before Dickens‘ Classic next year— so a Pick!

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I loved the dark, twisted tale of ‘Finn‘ (about Huckleberry‘s father) so I asked for (and received) this book *last* Christmas. Now that I‘ve listened to “A Christmas Carol”, I‘m primed to dig into this “prequel”!

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current read which is kind of slow but I am enjoying it!!

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SarahMillerBooks
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Christmas magic: An entire unanticipated hour to read by the tree before the festivities begin! 🎁🎄

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Ok,it‘s not Dickens but I didn‘t expect it to be. I enjoyed it even while hating Jacob Marley. Not sure how I feel about Fan‘s “hopeful and doomed” outcome.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Basically a proposed prequel. If you ever wondered what happened to Jacob Marley prior to the start of A Christmas Carol, this book fills in those blanks. The story takes place over the course of most of Scrooge's life. I do wish Clinch had focused a bit more time on when Marley and Scrooge were young at a boy's home. But their business partnership plotline is interesting too. This was a fun read before my annual re-read of A Christmas Carol.

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This book was barely hanging onto to a so-so status from me because the reimagined ill-gotten gains of Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge were just too egregious. But it‘s very well-written and I started liking the book at the 2/3 mark. So why a pick? Well, in retrospect I clearly understand the homage to A Christmas Carol - when we know better we do better.

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This is the second book I‘ve read that attempts to fill in the blanks of Jacob Marley‘s life. Here, Scrooge & Marley meet at a grim boarding school- & from the very start, the partnership between them is an unbalanced & dark one. There are a few Christmases here, but the dour notes of the book hardly make this one of Yuletide cheer! It‘s well-written & Clinch manages to evoke a Dickensian essence well. I hoped for a bit more redemption. #NetGalley