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Christmas Books

by Charles Dickens

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Series: The Christmas Books of Charles Dickens (Samlingsvolym 1-5, noveller)

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Each of these short stories was written specifically for Christmas. They combine concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional Christmas spirit-lore. The stories include "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes", "The Battle of Life" and "The Cricket on the Hearth". AUTHOR Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz", was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and one of the most popular of all time. He created some of literature's most memorable characters. His novels and short stories have never gone out of print. A concern with what he saw as the pressing need for social reform is a theme that runs throughout his work. Much of his work first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form, a favoured way of publishing fiction at the time. Dickens, unlike others who would complete entire novels before serial publication commenced, often wrote his in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one cliffhanger after another to keep the public eager for the next installment.… (more)
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    The Phantom Carriage by Selma Lagerlöf (andejons)
    andejons: It's almost like Lagerlöf set out to write a follow-up to Dicken's five Christmas stories: Set at Christmas or New Years Eve: check. Social commentary: check. Supernatural mechanisms: check. Reformed characters: check. Her book is a bit more scary and less cheerful, though.… (more)
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    The Greatest Gift 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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Besides A Christmas Carol, the other stories in this collection are good to read during Christmas, but don't expect anything better. Most of these seemed like Dickens wrote for the money rather than actually wanting to write the story. Never read his other short stories, but I'm aware his novels aren't as fantastical as these stories. Maybe he was writing out of his element here. IMO, Dickens is a better novelist than writing short stories and novellas.

This edition contains A Christmas Carol, the Chimes, the Cricket on the Hearth, Battle of Life, and the Hunted Man. I still liked this book even though I really only liked 2 of the 5 stories. It's well put together and well organized. It says it's illustrated, but only a few for the first two stories and the others don't have any.

Each story is about 100 pages long, so you can read each one in a day I would think. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
Dickens stories are always welcome. Includes: A Christmas Carol; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Chimes; The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain; The Battle of Life.
  lorsomething | Apr 14, 2020 |
A Christmas Carol is a perennial favourite. The Chimes has its moments, but the rest of what I read is rather dull. Unfinished and now listed on bookmooch ( )
  sf_addict | Jan 24, 2018 |
A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth. Beautifully written.A delight to spend time with a gentler version of English.
The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man. Darker stories requiring the readers greater attention ( )
  TheWasp | Jan 5, 2018 |
A Christmas Carol has been adhered to fairly well in the adaptations I've seen -- I was a bit surprised. All of the others had a disturbing bent as well. The Haunted Man, though, would be the one I considered to be the best. The basic premise is that one can not truly appreciate the good things in life unless one has experienced adversity and hardship. Otherwise the good just doesn't mean as much. Powerful imagery throughout. I liked the line, "My mind is going blind." ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dickens, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birch, ReginaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bloem, J.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boezeman-Droog, P. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brereton, D. N.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G.K.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coolen, AntoonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doyle, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Farjeon, EleanorIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glancy, RuthEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Landseer, EdwinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leech, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maclise, DanielIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyer, MargitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
PhizIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sève, Peter deCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schücking, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The narrow space within which it was necessary to confine these Christmas Stories when they were originally published, rendered their construction a matter of some difficulty, and almost necessitated what is peculiar in their machinery. (Author's Preface)
Marley was dead, to begin with. (A Christmas Carol)
There are not many people - and as it is desirable that a story-teller and a story-reader should establish a mutual understanding as soon as possible, I beg it to be noticed that I confine this observation neither to young people nor to little people, but extend it to all conditions of people: little and big, young and old: yet growing up, or already growing down again - there are not, I say, many people who would care to sleep in a church. (The Chimes)
The kettle began it! (The Cricket on the Hearth)
Once upon a time, it matters little when, and in stalwart England, it matters little where, a fierce battle was fought. (The Battle of Life)
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Includes the five Christmas novels: A Christmas Carol (1843), The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), The Haunted Man (1848)
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Each of these short stories was written specifically for Christmas. They combine concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional Christmas spirit-lore. The stories include "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes", "The Battle of Life" and "The Cricket on the Hearth". AUTHOR Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz", was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and one of the most popular of all time. He created some of literature's most memorable characters. His novels and short stories have never gone out of print. A concern with what he saw as the pressing need for social reform is a theme that runs throughout his work. Much of his work first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form, a favoured way of publishing fiction at the time. Dickens, unlike others who would complete entire novels before serial publication commenced, often wrote his in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one cliffhanger after another to keep the public eager for the next installment.

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A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man
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