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Review: Back for Christmas

  • Title: Back for Christmas
  • Author: John Collier
  • Genre: Short Story
  • Published: The New Yorker, October 7, 1939
  • My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*My opinions are my own.

*May contain spoilers.

Dr. & Mrs. Carpenter were going to America on a lecture tour She promised to bring him back for Christmas. His friends believed her. She managed everything so wonderfully.

This short was a great telling of the prefect crime. I can see why John Collier was an influence on Alfred Hitchcock.

John weaves the tale of an average man brought to the brink. As I walked over the edge with him I found myself enthralled. The abrupt end was the saddest part. I wish the story was longer so I could spend more time with Dr Carpenter.

This was a fun read and I would encourage everyone to give it a chance.



I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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