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A Christmas Carol (original 1843; edition 2012)

by Charles Dickens

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Title:A Christmas Carol
Authors:Charles Dickens
Info:Textbook Classics (2012), Paperback, 110 pages
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)

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    The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford (bell7)
    bell7: Les Standiford explores the many ways in which Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" affected our celebration of Christmas.
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    souloftherose: The Haunted Man is the last of Charles Dickens' five Christmas tales and the one most like A Christmas Carol.
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    The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey (jonathankws)
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    The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge by Paul Davis (JGKC)
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    I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: Sweet, short Christmas story. Not a similar plot to A Christmas Carol, but I find it more enjoyable.
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    The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life by Philip Van Doren Stern (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: The Greatest Gift is the book that was turned into It's a Wonderful Life, probably the second best Christmas story after A Christmas Carol!
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A mean'ol man named Scrooge disdains Christmas and Christmas spirit. During Scrooge's sleep three ghosts visit him. The first ghost is of Christmas past who brings Scrooge to his previous Christmases. The next ghost is of Christmas present. The final ghost is of Christmas future. In the future peolpe are rejoicing over the death of the greedy man. When Scrooge wakes up on the Christmas morning he realizes his ways and gives out money and visits his nephew for dinner.

I found this book a quick read. I would not recommend this book because the story is just the same as anyone knew it. Besides that, it was a great movie. But, this book also was death defyingly boring. It is a good classic if you are into those types of books. This book was not thrilling, it is not like it was glued to your fingers either. I will not read this book to my children. ( )
  SeraphinaC.B4 | Mar 3, 2014 |
A Christmas Carol defines the best parts of Christmas. I’m a huge fan of Christmas, but not so much about the mall shopping or online sales or that kind of stuff. More about the parts where we all agree (in theory) to be a little more patient, a little more cheery, a little more forgiving, and a little more generous with ourselves and one another. And the possibility that we can take those traits into the rest of the year as well. This story hits those themes hard.

Scrooge is so delightfully miserly at the beginning. He begrudges his clerk a holiday on Christmas day. He refuses to give to charity because his tax dollars already go to welfare programs. He actually says that the death of the poor will help with the surplus population! Jeeze, what a jerk. But people put up with him because he’s rich. Any other reason? There doesn’t seem to be, and we realize later that no one much likes him at all, even the businessmen he works with.

What we learn about Scrooge through his experiences with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Be is that he’s pathetic. For all his industry and his keen business savvy, he’s something that inspires nothing but pity in us. He earns money, but he doesn’t spend it on anything to make himself or anyone around him more comfortable. Money for money’s sake, but at the expense of human connections. In his mind, he’s superior to everyone; but to everyone, he’s a pitiful wretch.

Of course, what makes this such a great story is Scrooge’s dramatic turnaround. Maybe he can’t get back everything he’s lost for his love of money, but over time he can repair a lot. He goes from being the most ungenerous, bitter, greedy person on Earth to becoming the epitome of generosity and good will all year round. Sound like too much? That’s just the magic of Christmas. ( )
  JLSmither | Feb 2, 2014 |
It is short and easy to read, and everybody pretty much knows the story. The plot is simple. Nice, easy read. ( )
  krista.rutherford | Jan 3, 2014 |
We all know the story. Most of us having seen the films several times over the years, but how many have actually read the original book?

Dickens provides a unique insight into the life of poverty stricken Victorian England. Some of the phrases used may seem a little dated now, and a number of words no longer used at all but the meaning of the novel still carries as much weight today as when it was written. Dickens creates characters that are easy to empathise with, and draws us into their world as well as any other writer. Published in 1843 it's message of philanthropy and generosity has inspired countless thousands across many generations and remains as relevant as ever.

Well worth a read. ( )
  Bridgey | Jan 1, 2014 |
It was time to read this great book again having seen Scrooge the musical with Tommy Steele at the Brighton Centre. Stunning read ( )
  cbinstead | Dec 26, 2013 |
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Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
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"God bless us, every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
Marley was dead: to begin with.
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This work contains various editions of the unabridged book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Please do not combine it with adaptations or abridgments, or with collections that contain additional works.
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Filled with description, Charles Dickens writes about the struggles of a poor family and the despicable Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a ruthless man who only cares about himself and money. Scrooge's entire character is changed on the night of Christmas Eve when is is visited by three ghosts as he relives parts of his past and his future in order to see what has and would become of him if he does not make a dramatic change in his life. I absolutely love this story and all that it entails. It is somewhat towards the bottom of my list though because some of the description can become a bit daunting as you read this novel.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0486268659, Paperback)

In the history of English literature, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, which has been continuously in print since it was first published in the winter of 1843, stands out as the quintessential Christmas story. What makes this charming edition of Dickens's immortal tale so special is the collection of 80 vivid illustrations by Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Shinn, a well-known artist in his time, was a popular illustrator of newspapers and magazines whose work displayed a remarkable affinity for the stories of Charles Dickens, evoking the bustling street life of the mid-1800s. Printed on heavy, cream-colored paper stock, the edges of the pages have been left rough, simulating the way in which the story might have appeared in Dickens's own time. Though countless editions of this classic have been published over the years, this one stands out as particularly beautiful, nostalgic, and evocative of the spirit of Christmas.

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A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

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