A Christmas Carol (Christmas Books #1)
A holiday classic as you've never heard it before.
Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of A Christmas Carol to sell-out audienc...more
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...more
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.
Typical Victoriana or not?
The book opens with wonderful bathos, “Marley was dead, to begin with.” So right from the outset it is clear it is not a straightforward factua...more
1998 01 01
I love this book. This is the true meaning of Christmas to me. I try to read it every year. But I don't always make it. We had a huge copy that Mom put out on the coffee table every Christmas. That one had lovely paintings. More recently I reread a Dover thrift addition, because I've got about seven around, left over from a year when I gave them as stocking stuffers. Seriously, I think every bookcase has one.
2004 12 15
The Possum read her first word. Scrooge said "Pooh...more
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...more
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...more
It's a classic morality tale, made timeless by setting it in the Christmas season.
However, as with ma...more
لاحظت أن الإنجليز، أصحاب اللغة ذاتها، نفسهم يعانون من أسلوب ديكنز الصعب. وهذا لأنه يباغت القارئ المسكين بتلميحات غامضة لأحداث تاريخية غابرة لتعزيز وصف ما، وأحيانًا يتعزز المعنى فعلًا لكن بعد بحث جانبي لا تقل مدته عن النصف ساعة والذي أيضًا يحتاج إلى ترجمات ومراجع أخرى لفهمه هو الآخر. وما أزعج المرات المفاجئة التي يسخر بها من أميركا أو أي شيء سياسي أو إقتصادي غير مفهوم لا علاقة له بأ...more
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’...more
A Christmas Carol is a short book- very short by Dickens standards. Dickens makes the most of his gift for language in bringing Ebenezer Scrooge alive in all his misanthropic glory, condemning the hea...more
The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was an absolute delight! I was anticipating a dull read but was pleasantly surprised. Because I liked this storyline so much, I could finally fully appreciate Dickens style of writing. And it was superb! I can see now why he is so talked about through the ages. When he described the food scene with the second ghost, I felt like I was there, smelling the sounds, my mouth watering. The delicious descriptive detail tha...more
Yesterday, reading the first part of the book, I was able to feel for what Scrooge must have felt. N...more
Dickens, however, is GENIUS. His writing style in A Christmas Carol is light-hearted and fun, and I was laughing out loud 3 paragraphs in. The story as presented in the book is way better than any movie version I've seen. A lot of the elements were the same (of course), but...more
The story is undoubtedly familliar 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 experince it with Scro...more
The category which this novel completes on the bingo board is 'a classic book written before 1950'. This category was interesting because you can compare the writing style back then to now, the present. For example one of the sentences was;"you don't think me ill used,". I haven't heard that before.
My favorite quote from this novel is...more
This is the first pi...more
Dicken's writing is so wonderful. It makes me happy to read his words aloud, he has such an amazing way with words. It is hard for me to read alot of current fiction (I'm thinking here about my slog through "The Hunger Games") and then read something classic like this from DIckens. In the stark side-by-side comparison, you realize how poorly written some books tod...more
I don’t need Christmas to read this book. “God bless us all!”
I love the way each spirit is described and the symbolism of it. The ghost of Christmas present as a banquet feast (living in the moment=feasting at the table of life), and the ghost of the future described as darkness and mystery...more
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