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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  329,425 ratings  ·  8,241 reviews
Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn't like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!
Paperback, Rainbows, 76 pages
Published 2012 by Edisco (first published 1843)
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*3.5 stars*

I shall start by presenting you Ebenezer Scrooge, the – according to the narrator – cold-hearted, unholy and inconsiderate man we have as main character:
While he is described as such:

External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and sn
Dec 28, 2013 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: read-aloud
It's a family tradition to read A Christmas Carol (original, unabridged) aloud each Christmas season and then to watch at least one film version on Christmas Eve (this year it was the Muppets' Christmas Carol - very authentic - with Michael Caine).

Over the years, we have discussed the 19th century slang and customs enough so that the reading is becoming smoother and smoother without much need for editorial asides. This year we focused on favorite phrases "Marley was dead, to begin with." "the m
Renato Magalhães Rocha
One should never judge a book by its cover, but this edition surely deserves an award for ugliest and laziest book cover ever made (should we start a contest?), which is a shame since a theme like Christmas is quite easy to illustrate and has a lot of recognizable symbols and its own emblems that could've been used to enhance this poorly conceived design. However, if all the budget available went to the translator, it was a good decision as it was beautifully done and, in the end, it's all that ...more
The Christmas classic that everyone knows – even if they haven’t read it. It's quite short, and at some levels quite an easy read, but there is plenty of depth, so I think it's worth reading it in a thoughtful and slightly leisurely way.

It is a simple tale of how a normal man turns cold-hearted and mean and how, when confronted with memories of his past and the possible outcomes of his actions and inactions, he is redeemed by making positive changes to his life and thus that of others.

A short classic, during the holidays, well why not?

The only problem I had with the book was that I had to really concentrate on the writing. I didn’t have to drag along like I used to when I read books like this but I don’t think I could enjoy the book as much because I was confused at what Dickens was trying to say some times. With all the semicolons and commas sentences are very long and it was difficult for me to keep up. I’ll say that I didn’t feel smart all the time. I also couldn’t fully
I can't tell how many times I have watched some adaptation or another of this classic story. Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, the Real Ghostbusters, live action films, animated TV specials, etc... since this is one of the most adapted stories of all time. A truly Christmas classic. And this one of the few books that I think one hardly can deny that it's the novel that defines a genre, in this case: Christmas. In popular genres like Science-Fiction and Horror, there are several books co ...more
Jason Koivu
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a quintessential piece of what Christmas is all about (and maybe a touch Halloween, too!). The story succeeds in entrancing so many of us because it touches upon the emotions, the senses, the human condition, and encapsulates it all in the life and death struggle we all go, who doesn't love a good ghost story and a happy ending?!

A Christmas Carol has been adapted so many times in so many different ways that this fairytale story has become a bi
Barry Pierce
This is just fabulous, obviously. The ending may be a tad optimistic for Dickens but oh well. This is an amazingly quick read, if you don't read it in one sitting then there is no hope for you. This story really epitomises Christmas and is an easy place to start with Dickens if you haven't done so already.

"Bah! Humbug!"

Who does not recognise this expostulation, and the old curmudgeon who spat it out. The very name "Scrooge" has entered the vernacular to indicate a mean-spirited skinflint.

"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint."

And even the phrase "Merry Christmas" only became popular following the appearance of this novella.

A Christmas Carol is one of Dickens' most endur
This book is, without doubt, the greatest Christmas classic of all time. I grew up with the story, having watched the movie every year with my family. When I finally read the book last December, my heart swelled at every word because the story that I had known since I was a child came to vibrant life on paper. The musical that I could recite backwards and forwards could not even compare to the vibrancy that jumped out at me from the pages. Dickens had the power to fashion the English language in ...more
Mar 24, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who watch the kids' Christmas specials every year but never got around to reading the book.
We all know the story. Ebenezer Scrooge is an old miser who hates Christmas. He's visited by the ghost of his late business partner Jacob Marley, who warns Scrooge that he will be haunted by three spirits representing three pivotal points in his life. By reliving the past, observing the present, and fearing the future, Scrooge learns to mend his ways and opens his heart to charity and compassion.

It's a classic morality tale, made timeless by setting it in the Christmas season.

However, as with ma
Nandakishore Varma
Heart-warming: that is my one word review for this book.

This has to be one of the most read and loved stories of all time. It works, whether one views it as a Christian allegory or a simple fantasy. I studied it in middle school and loved it: I was laughing along with Scrooge in the last chapter. I was wondering whether the magic would still work with a moderately cynical middle-aged man. It did.

The story could have been maudlin, sentimental, didactic and moralising. That it is none of this is d
Ahmed AlQady
ما أجمل العَطاء حين يَنبُع من القلب
ما اروع ألأحساس بالغير في أصعُب ألأوقات
ما أتفَه هذَه الحيَاه حيَن تتركًها
ولا تتَركُ فيهَا أثرَ إبتسَامه عَلي وجَه طفل أو إمراءة او اُسره بَسيطه

الكثير من المعاني الجميله والعبر المؤثره داخل هذه الروايه
فهي تخاطب الروح في محاوله منها
لجعلها اكثر نقاء واكثر تعففا وتبحث داخلها علي الخير مهما كان صغيرا
حتي تجد له موضع فتنهض بها الي فعل الخير واستغلال العمر في اشياء
وافعال تنفع الانسان وتدخل عليه الفرحه والبسمه وتضع امام عينيه
معني جديد للسعاده غير جمع المال وتكن
My first experience with Dickens and it was very pleasurable. A Christmas Carol is very short, but how much it packs in! I think this is a story that we all think we know, having seen TV versions, theatrical productions and even advertising based on it [very ironic, yes?]. Scrooge has become synonymous with grasping selfishness and we forget that he undergoes a significant transformation during the course of the story.

One theatre company in our city has been performing A Christmas Carol for over
همه را باور کردن، خطرناک است. اما هیچکس را باور نکردن، خیلی خطرناک است
ابراهام لینکن

به این کتاب پنج ستاره کامل میدم
دلیلش فقط لذت زیادی که از کتاب بردم نیست بلکه بخاطر نشان دادن اخلاقات بد و خوب و احساسات زیبای انسانی
این کتاب برام مثه یک آینه آینده بین بود که افشار چند سال بعد را در آن دیدم

به نظر من، اين كتاب يكي از شاهكارهاي بزرگ ادبي است و آن را برادر كوچكتر شازده كوچولو مي نامم
شايد كمي بزرگ نمايي و اغراق باشد ولي تاثيري كه از این کتاب تقریبا 80 صفحه ای گرفتم برام حيرت آور بود
طمع و خساست، زندگي
☔Diane S.
I am a very sporadic audio book listener, but last night I, listened to this. It was a livribox recording and whoever this reader was, I thought he was fantastic. Had seen the movie before but never read the book and I found the words, the scenes and the characters wonderful.
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.

It has been a tradition in my family ever since my father and my stepmother first started dating to watch the Alistair Sims screen adaptation of A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. This year I decided to read the story itself for the first time (I know, what am I even doing with my life that I hadn’t read it ye
The Holy Terror
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year, as I'm sure it is for a lot of people. I love anything that's themed towards the holiday: music, decorations, movies, books, candy ... and when I was a kid I would even play Christmas music in the summer on the piano, much to my parents' chagrin. The week following also contains both my and my younger brother's birthdays, so needless to say we always had a lot of fun on Christmas break. Spending time with family, presents, Christmas cookies ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 29, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jillian Joy
Recommended to K.D. by: Filipinos Group in Goodreads
At 45, I was already at that stage when for the first time, I was not looking forward to Christmas. My daughter is already 14 and we already gave away our Christmas tree that we used to enjoy when she was still a child. I declined the two invites to participate in office kris kringle. It's already the last day of November and we still don't have a single decor in the house. These are all unusual.

Yesterday, reading the first part of the book, I was able to feel for what Scrooge must have felt. N
Amy (Foxy)

A Christmas Carol is a beloved Christmas favorite. Nothing says Christmas like favorite Christmas stories. This timeless tale has been told in many versions. I’ve seen the movie and play but I’ve never read the book. I thought it was about time to finally read this tale.

The illustrations throughout the book were fun to look at. Not common to find illustrations in books today unless they are children stories.



Lots of great quotes come from this story but the most famous is BAH! HUMBUG! followed
Un classico che da troppo tempo mancava alla mia libreria.
Con libri così non valgono i normali metri di giudizio: la trama è scontata quel che basta, i personaggi mancano della minima psicologia, e la conversione di Scrooge appare repentina e pressoché ingiustificata.
Eppure, è uno di quei classici che fa sognare i bambini, che continua a far sospirare gli adulti, e che fa brillare gli occhi dei non-più-adolescenti-ma-da-poco, come me, al ricordo di vecchi natali trascorsi sul tappeto davanti l’
Dec 01, 2010 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: clowntime is over
Recommended to Mariel by: beaten to the punch

The gremlin got wet from all my mentions of dick(en)s and now he's ferocious! Now is as good a time as any to review Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Before he holds a red eye dinner party for his red-eye friends and they eat me for dinner...
The idea was amazing. Ghosts of past, present and future? I love it. He could've time traveled and written this baby for me. Regret, cold-heartedness, chains of the past, fear... Side track, I like the '80s ya novel The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds
Claire Caterer
I read Dickens every Christmas because his writing is so evocative and his story, while firmly set in 1843 London Town, is timeless: no matter how old or how crochety, no matter what a raw hand we think we've been dealt, no matter our lousy childhood or lousy adulthood, there is hope and redemption there for the taking. Never give up hope; never say die. (This story also works if you're feeling particulary anti-Christmas and would like to see those who go about with "Merry Christmas" on their li ...more

Poruka samoj sebi:knjižica se zove A Christmas carol, pa možda ne bi bilo loše da je ponovo pročitaš za vreme božićnih praznika, možda bi ti bolje "legla" :)
Franco  Santos
Éste es el único libro que he leído de Dickens. Me gustó mucho. Tengo que aceptar que me costó involucrarme en la historia; al principio me resultaba bastante pesado. Sin embargo, a medida que avanzaba en la lectura me encontraba con una prosa hermosa, personajes increíbles y situaciones muy interesantes.


Me encantó el drama que el autor le dotó a este relato. Es muy conmovedor. Es una historia corta, pero que me transmitió muchísimo. Dickens escarbó en mis sentimientos y me hizo sentir como nun
Mike (the Paladin)
While I don't hold 100% with the theology (nor disagree either) I love this book...for that matter I love at least one of the movies (the Alastair Sim version titled Scrooge). While the entire story is wonderful the redemption/repentance scenes alone are worth the "freight", so to speak.

The story is undoubtedly familiar to you but give it a read if you've only been exposed to it through movies. I think everyone probably re-looks at Christmas and life at the same time they experience it with Scro
Crystal Starr Light
“No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused”

Ebenezzer Scrooge is one of the most miserly, greedy, selfish businessmen, especially at Christmas. Through the visions of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, and three Ghosts, Scrooge is sent on the learning experience of a life.

There is a reason why this book is so prevalent in our (Western) culture, how everyone, even those who've never read the novella/book, know the story so well (which is why this review will not have any
Gary  the Bookworm
Having capped my Festivus celebration with a long overdue viewing of Pulp Fiction,I guess I was primed to immerse myself in Charles Dickens' early Victorian tale of redemption. I was not disappointed. In only five chapters he successfully recreates the sights and sounds of merry olde England as he charts the spiritual revival of the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge who is forever linked with the immortal words "Christmas! Bah, Humbug!" Scrooge spends a busy night contemplating his past, present and fut ...more
I know it's post-Christmas, but when have I ever done anything on time?

I picked this up when it was free on Audible (via the Ford Audiobook Group here on Goodreads) and listened to it while on my flight to China. Well, most of it. I fell asleep and had to listen to the second half on the way back.

I really enjoyed the audio read by Tim Curry, and thought that he brought all of the characters to life. But I am not such a huge fan of the actual story. It's been adapted into just about everything
Sarah Churchill
The perfect Christmassy read. A classic story that we all know in one form or another, and it was great to finally read the original.
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