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Christopher Fowler
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Most of 'A Christmas Carol' takes place in semi-darkness or within candlelit rooms, and despite all attempts to open it out it still feels like a chamber piece. I've always felt that what it has, far more than seasonal redemption, is an atmosphere of death. Light is linked to mood. Between November and the end of February the UK is immersed in gloom. The changed light levels drain colour from our…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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In a strange way, popularity was the worst thing that could have happened to 'A Christmas Carol'. After performances by Charles Dickens himself, a long history of bowdlerised versions, parodies, satires and remakes eventually led to the Muppets, by which time the story's fierce sense of social injustice had vanished. We tend to forget now that there were other Dickens Christmas books, 'The Cricket…
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