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A Christmas Carol (1843)

by Charles Dickens

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Series: The Christmas Books of Charles Dickens (1)

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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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    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (ncgraham)
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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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    Stories For Christmas by Charles Dickens (ReadHanded)
  4. 40
    The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (chrisharpe)
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    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.
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll (cometahalley)
  7. 21
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (cometahalley)
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    The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge by Paul Davis (JGKC)
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    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.
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    Marley: A Novel by Jon Clinch (Cecrow)
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    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.
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    The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey (jonathankws)
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    A Christmas Carol as a mime with narration by Kay Macaulife (KayCliff)
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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 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.
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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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    Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood (kathrynnd)
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This is the best thing Dickens ever wrote. It shows that it was the only thing that he wrote because he wanted to tell the story instead of getting paid by the word. ( )
1 vote KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Oh, how can a cautionary tale be so good?

I should disclose that I got this audio book as a giveaway from the Ford Audiobook Club.

It is short, about 3 hours of narration. Tim Curry does a wonderful job creating mood and atmosphere. It put me right in the Christmas spirit. I might make listening to it this time of the year a tradition. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Dickens and I don't get along. Not one whit. The art, however - Rackham saves the day here, inasmuch as it's possible to save the day from Dickens. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This is such a nice, classic Christmas story. In this book, a greedy, grumpy old man learns from different spirits the true meaning of Christmas. This is a really quick read and definitely worth the time spent reading. ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
Dickens might be my new favorite author. How fantastic! ( )
  revatait | Feb 21, 2021 |
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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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A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

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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.
Renowned actor Tim Curry’s voice is warm, deep, and arch to the point of campiness. Curry is an actor’s actor. His voice is so distinctive as to be unmistakable. Fans of this Dickens classic will enjoy hearing Curry manifest the coterie of pithy characters that inhabit this novel, ranging from small boy to old man to dire ghost. Curry’s knowing tone suits this fable well. His dramatic but nuanced performance highlights the emotions of loss, fear, hope, and joy that inform this text. Curry takes delight in the macabre aspects of this gothic tale. His irreverent take on this famous novel heightens the drama even for listeners who know the story inside and out.
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