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Once optioned for a movie, now on Kindle also, "The Climbing Boy" is a magical Christmas tale that deserves to become a new Dickens like classic.
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At nearer the age of five than four, illegally sold into the London chimney sweeping trade as a chimney sweep’s apprentice—a Climbing Boy—for the pittance of back rent owed to the landlord of the shack he had lived in with his widowed, just-deceased mother, Zachariah became little more than a slave to his owner, an abusive inebriate.
His mother dead these past five years, the image of her face fading from memory, the little child struggled to remember, but appearing only in deep shadow, even in his dreams, the boy could no longer envision his mother…
Then on this day before Christmas in 1843, the very day of the same mystical Christmas Eve that Ebenezer Scrooge had his three ghostly visitors, the oddly familiar face of a kindly lady struck a deep chord that rekindled the memory of the image missing from his dreams—the face of his mother—and gave Zachariah hope for the future.
Finally, left alone to find his way home on this magical Christmas Eve, encountering his intoxicated master and severely beaten, Zachariah is saved by…
“A magical Christmas tale—deserves to become a classic.”
“A dark but hopeful, riveting look at London society in the 1800s.”
“You'll fall in love with Zachariah, and feel his love for you.”
Then on this day before Christmas in 1843, the very day of the same mystical Christmas Eve that Ebenezer Scrooge had his three ghostly visitors
The Climbing Boy
work of an artist, August 18, 2006
By don davey (Carmel Ca) - See all my reviews
Loved it, best book I have read in years. A friend told me about it and loaned me a copy. Whatever I say would not begin to do it justice. Buy it or if necessary borrow it but read it and enjoy. Im sure you will as I did, want it in your permanent collection. Mark is a true artist and I look forward to his next work
The Climbing Boy
By Elizabeth Russo, Milltown, New Jersey November, 2008
This book is destined to be a classic. Take my advice, fellow readers, and purchase this book...for yourself, for a gift. I have mine and I love it. You will fall in love with "The Climbing Boy" and your heart will be in your throat throughout. The writer will bring you there, with the characters, and you will become more than an observer...you will be part of the story. ~
The Climbing Boy
By Bruce G. Berger (Westlake Villagel, CA) - See all my reviews
This 'feel good' tale by Mark Lichterman, a relatively unknown, but upcoming author, is way more than just another Christmas story. It is a classic description of the London chimney sweeping trade, brought to life by superb characterization of its main players. The reader immediately bonds with Zachariah, an eight year old child, who you want to bring home, bathe, feed, clothe and just cuddle. He will steal your heart while other feelings of anger, rage and resentment arise from the provocative personality of William Johnson, the boy's Master. Lichterman, in expert fashion, weaves a very twisted, intertwining yarn that has you holding your breath until the very end. This book is a must read and I can hardly wait to get a copy of the authors newest book, Becoming.
Reviews for "The Climbing Boy"
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Written in a style that reminds one of Charles Dickens, and of the same time period, Mark Lichterman's story of The Climbing Boy is already a classic and should receive wide readership for its compelling drama, its impeccable depiction of the time and place, and its connection to our mythology about children and Christmas. In a single day, the life of a boy, Zachariah, enslaved as on the apprentice climbing boy for a mean, despicable chimney sweep, goes through multiple highs and lows of anticipation and grief as he struggles to "do right" by his trade and his master. One cannot help but reach out as you read and try to help this poor little soul. If you think A Christmas Carol and The Little Match Girl are poignant stories, you must read this one. I have to hand it to Mark Lichterman for his research and attention to detail and character. I certainly hope the story is made into a film. That way the nonreading public will also learn to cherish it. I see awards coming in the future for this fine work of literature.
|Reviewed by Kathleen Janz-Anderson
|I've started reading this and oh my word, this is going to be a classic I feel. Never read anything like it.|
|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|Every now and then a story comes along and it touches your heart so deeply you know you'll never forget it. This story is one of those special tales I intend to read every Christmas! "The Climbing Boy" is a classic write destined for greatness! Mark Litcherman has truly excelled at his craft with the creation and authenticity of this wonderful story! If you haven't read it.....you should! My family and friends are standing in line! One of the best purchases I've ever made....and I even got an autographed copy of a book sure to become a favourite Christmas movie! Congratulations Mark!!! And thank you.....
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