One-minute review: A dead mother, dire poverty; a scared, lonely little boy who freezes also to death; this part of the story is probably true. But Christ’s Christmas tree, consisting of happy children who had all perished in dire circumstances? Happiness in the world on the other side of this one? This the author cannot vouch for.
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman.