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Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory…

Matchless: A Christmas Story (edition 2009)

by Gregory Maguire

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Title:Matchless: A Christmas Story
Authors:Gregory Maguire
Info:William Morrow (2009), Hardcover, 112 pages
Collections:November 2009 Selected New Titles

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Matchless by Gregory Maguire


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This was really a great story. Maguire didn't take away from the original story and did a good job with making a new story in it. I bought this for 1.00 and it was worth the full price. ( )
  LVStrongPuff | Nov 29, 2018 |
I knew Gregory Maguire’s retelling of The Little Match Girl was a slim volume, but I didn’t realize how quick a read it would be. It can easily be read in one sitting, in an hour (or less). The book is filled with illustrations (that’s the illuminated part, right?), that are sweet and interesting.
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  Loni.C. | Aug 17, 2018 |
As is his norm, a take on The Little Match Girl, with the addition of Frederik, another child of poverty. Keeping much of the match girl's story in tact, (sadly) the family she left behind are united with Frederik and his mother after he happens upon a shoe she lost and later tried to return it. A sad time, but still holding in the beauty of making due with what you can. ( )
  CherylGrimm | Jan 9, 2018 |
I love all things Gregory Maguire, but this was something a little extra special. Short, very sweet, and heart wrenching in its telling of the joys and sorrows of life. From tragic death to fulfillment in finding new family, and from loved ones who have left us guiding us home to the great joy found in the happiness of children - this story leaves nothing wanting. ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
A worthwhile retelling of the Andersen classic. A much happier ending too. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Matchless is perhaps too slim to deserve the full Christmas-book treatment, but it’s a worthy effort at creating a new story to stand alongside the classic Christmas tales of old.

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To Geraldine Tegan
and to the thousands
of school and public librarians
who work to keep
the library lamps burning
during dark times
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On an island so far north that is snowed from September to April, a boy named Frederik kept himself warm by keeping a secret.
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When the story was first translated from Danish and published in England in the mid-nineteenth century, the Little Match Girl's dying visions of lights and a grandmother in heaven were often interpreted as metaphors of religious salvation. In "Matchless", Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, intertwining the match girl's tale with that of a young boy, Frederik, whose own yearnings are the catalyst for a better future for himself and his family. Maguire uses his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen's original intentions, and to suggest transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.

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Entwines the classic fairy tale of the little match girl with a story of Frederik, whose mother is seamstress to the queen and who spends many evenings crafting a village in the attic of their small, cold home.

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