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A Christmas Carol (1843)

by Charles Dickens, Jim Dale

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Series: The Christmas Books of Charles Dickens (1)

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    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (ncgraham)
  2. 110
    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.
  3. 80
    Stories For Christmas by Charles Dickens (ReadHanded)
  4. 50
    The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (chrisharpe)
  5. 40
    The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: The Haunted Man is the last of Charles Dickens' five Christmas tales and the one most like A Christmas Carol.
  6. 41
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (cometahalley)
  7. 21
    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (keremix)
    keremix: I don't wanna give spoilers, but for me it was hard to miss the things these two books have in common.
  8. 10
    The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge by Paul Davis (JGKC)
  9. 21
    The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey (jonathankws)
  10. 10
    Marley by Jon Clinch (Cecrow)
  11. 43
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (cometahalley)
  12. 10
    When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both have male protagonists who experience visions of the past and of the future and whose visions cause a behavioral change. Dickens's work is about Christmas while Kingsbury's is not.
  13. 11
    The Three Christmases of William Spencer by Derek Blount (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both books look at three different periods in the main characters life. In Dickens it is past, present, and future. In Blount, it is childhood, adulthood, and old age.
  14. 11
    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!
  15. 11
    A Christmas Carol as a mime with narration by Kay Macaulife (KayCliff)
  16. 00
    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.
  17. 00
    Scrooge Wore Spurs by Janet Dailey (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: OK, so Dickens doesn't have as many children in the main part of his novel, but the story is so much better than Dailey's.
  18. 13
    Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood (kathrynnd)
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It's hard to believe that I have spent a quarter of my life reading this book every Christmas Eve! I was almost going to choose a different Christmas novella to read but thankfully decided to continue the tradition. So often, we forget the true meaning of Christmas, not to mention, the true meaning of life. A Christmas Carol is about love, it's about friendships and family. Living in Florida for the last six months and coming home for Christmas has made me realize how important being with people I love is.

I don't think a book like this will ever be written again. This is a book about morality, about love, about life; it's all built together without being watered down by religion or politics; this is truly a book written for everyone and about everyone. When Scrooge sees his childhood self neglected by his friends, he sees his family, his employer, and the ending of his past love affair, he realizes how much of his life he has forgotten to remember. I love this book with all of my heart, it reminds me of what life is truly about. I hope to be able to share this story with my family every Christmastime. ( )
  tayswift1477 | May 15, 2024 |
It's A Christmas Carol. It's one of the best novellas ever written, and probably the best Christmas story. Nothing else needs to be said there.

Specifically reviewing ISBN 9781435170087, the 2019 Fall River Press flexi-bound leather pocket edition (for Barnes & Noble's pocket leatherbound series): it's excellent quality, feels good and sturdy, looks very nice, and fits in your pocket. I've never had a physical copy of this book and it's a little surprising to see how short it actually is. This is the sort of book you re-read again once a year, it won't take very long. ( )
  rkosarko | May 6, 2024 |
Die Geschichte ist bekannt, trotzdem lohnt sich dieses Buch. Ich empfehle, es auf einem bunten Bildschirm zu lesen, die atmosphärischen Bilder werten das Buch noch einmal deutlich auf. Wirklich schön gemacht! ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
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  FILBO | Apr 19, 2024 |
Glad I finally read this book. Our judgement is so much clouded because of all the movies made about this book, but after reading it by yourself, it finds itself in a completely different spotlight. Here you recognize right away the talent of an author, who gives us such a deep inside view into human relations, human emotions, and at the same time is also able to make us part of the atmosphere of wintertime, Christmas, family events. It is as if we are part of a timetravelling event, and the further we go from page to page, the more we can sympathize with Scrooge. One of those books that has become a classic, that has absolutely no flaws. ( )
  annus_sanctus | Mar 24, 2024 |
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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.
Para começar, quero ganatir que Marley estava morto. Sobre isso não havia a menor dúvida.
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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.
If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blest in a laugh than Scrooge's nephew, all I can say is I should like to know him too.
[This is when Scrooge is about to meet the Ghost of Christmas Past. The clock has struck 12 and he's wondering if it's noon or midnight, even though it's dark. He's not hearing people rushing around outside, though. Because the story was first published in 1843, this snark must be about the US depression of 1837-1844.]

... This was a great relief, because 'three days after sight of this First of Exchange pay to Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge or his order,' and so forth, would have become a mere United States security if there were no days to count by.
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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.
I am assuming (without any evidence!) that the Puffin children's edition is an adaptation: if you know that it is NOT, please combine with the main work, otherwise leave it be.
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ISBN 1568461828 is not a DK Eyewitness Classics edition.
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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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