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Charles Dickens is probably the best-known and, to many people, the greatest English novelist of the nineteenth century. Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol has been adapted for film, television, and the stage, proving that Dickens's characters and themes continue to captivate generation after generation.
Published: Aladdin on Feb 14, 2012
ISBN: 9781442458611
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The first Dickens book I read, I was frustrated because I couldn't read it as quickly as I'd hope. The language can be difficult at times but I found that if I slow down, I can enjoy the beauty of the writing as well as the story. I have read a few of his novels so I knew what to expect when picking up A Christmas Carol. I love his wit, and his ability to set an incredible scene. There are scenes that are funny, dark, and heart-warming that are all equally effective.At its heart, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful story of redemption. Regardless of peoples religious beliefs, I think we can all relate to the change of heart in Scrooge. I know how uncomfortable I would feel if I had to watch some of my not so great moments. I love the message, that we should use our remembrance of the past as an opportunity to change and to make amends. I'm looking forward to reading it again this Christmas. I would recommend A Christmas Carol to everyone.read more
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I haven't been in the Christmas spirit this year, so I decided to re-read this to see if it would help, and I'm happy to say that it did! Most people are familiar with this heartwarming story, but I'll recap anyway. Ebeneezer Scrooge, known by all to be an insensitive miser, is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob shares his misery and regrets with Scrooge and introduces three additional visitors: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Future. The ghosts take Scrooge on a field trip, illustrating how events will unfold if he does not change his ways. Dickens is an amazing writer - his characters are rich, his humor is contagious, and many authors have attempted to imitate his prose. This is THE classic Christmas tale, capturing what the holiday is all about. It's a short novella, weighing in under 100 pages, so if you haven't read it yet, there's still time before Christmas. (First read: Dec 15, 1988)read more
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The imagery Dickens creates in this novel is wonderful. The face in the door knocker, the visions of Marley and the ghosts are details with so few, yet powerful words, that Dickens puts a strong and vibrant image in my head each time I read this book. This is a great classic that I read every year one week before Christmas.read more
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The first Dickens book I read, I was frustrated because I couldn't read it as quickly as I'd hope. The language can be difficult at times but I found that if I slow down, I can enjoy the beauty of the writing as well as the story. I have read a few of his novels so I knew what to expect when picking up A Christmas Carol. I love his wit, and his ability to set an incredible scene. There are scenes that are funny, dark, and heart-warming that are all equally effective.At its heart, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful story of redemption. Regardless of peoples religious beliefs, I think we can all relate to the change of heart in Scrooge. I know how uncomfortable I would feel if I had to watch some of my not so great moments. I love the message, that we should use our remembrance of the past as an opportunity to change and to make amends. I'm looking forward to reading it again this Christmas. I would recommend A Christmas Carol to everyone.
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I haven't been in the Christmas spirit this year, so I decided to re-read this to see if it would help, and I'm happy to say that it did! Most people are familiar with this heartwarming story, but I'll recap anyway. Ebeneezer Scrooge, known by all to be an insensitive miser, is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob shares his misery and regrets with Scrooge and introduces three additional visitors: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Future. The ghosts take Scrooge on a field trip, illustrating how events will unfold if he does not change his ways. Dickens is an amazing writer - his characters are rich, his humor is contagious, and many authors have attempted to imitate his prose. This is THE classic Christmas tale, capturing what the holiday is all about. It's a short novella, weighing in under 100 pages, so if you haven't read it yet, there's still time before Christmas. (First read: Dec 15, 1988)
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The imagery Dickens creates in this novel is wonderful. The face in the door knocker, the visions of Marley and the ghosts are details with so few, yet powerful words, that Dickens puts a strong and vibrant image in my head each time I read this book. This is a great classic that I read every year one week before Christmas.
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Favourite story of all time, it has everything. A work of genius.
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My uncle sat me down one Christmas eve past - me, a restless pre-teen brat - and made me take turns with him, reading this book aloud. "Kinda BO-ring and hokey," I thought, "It's Christmas time, I get it." But my uncle had been a sailor. He knew about messages in bottles thrown from ships at sea. Fifty years later, I recall this incident with tears. And somewhere, adrift in The Ether, Dickens nudges my uncle, points at me and winks.
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I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, mainly to say I’ve read a Charles Dickens book and this one looked short. I did enjoy the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, it is a very famous and well known story, so i didn’t really have to focus on what was happening and instead I focused on the beauty of the writing. I see why Dickens was so famous and I will be reading some more of his work in the future.
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