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Scrooge was a miser. His money was his life. Then, one Christmas Eve, Scrooge received a trio of visitors who showed him not only the true meaning of Christmas, but the true meaning of life as well.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved Christmas stories in history and continues to captivate generation after generation. Carefully adapted by Stephen
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published December 19th 1843)
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    Dan Hennessy I find anything of human form without a face disturbing... there are no eyes to read, no windows of the soul to look into. Very scary, indeed. Not to…moreI find anything of human form without a face disturbing... there are no eyes to read, no windows of the soul to look into. Very scary, indeed. Not to mention Ignorance and Want, the two harrowing figures under his robe. All the more scary due to its foothold in reality... (less)
    Brandon Although it has been said many times I believe that this is a book that needs to be read to be truly appreciated. We all know the story but the book…moreAlthough it has been said many times I believe that this is a book that needs to be read to be truly appreciated. We all know the story but the book adds so much more. There are scenes in here that are often cut out of the many rehashes of this story. The children clinging to Christmas Present for compassion, the ghost visiting miners and lonely sea captains at sea and even the scenes involving the nephew are all sacrificed for various reasons and they add so much to the book. Reading the book made me realize that the book is more than a story about one mans' reclamation and more a fable for all of us to learn from. (less)
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    Bookdragon Sean
    I read this every year at Christmas, and I always will do. Simply because of the atmosphere it evokes. This story is Christmas as far as I’m concerned. It wouldn’t be the same without it. It is perfectly festive and is also appropriately didactic. It is an allegory for what happens to those that are unnecessarily bitter and twisted, refusing to take part in a joyful occasion. It is a glimpse at what could happen to someone who rejects their family upon trivial grounds, and let’s themselves be se ...more
    Bill  Kerwin
    May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    It has been a decade since I last read this classic, so I decided to look at it again, taking note of what I have forgotten or imperfectly remembered and also garnering any new insights my older (and I hope wiser) self could now find within it.

    But first, I decided to do a little research, and discovered the great irony underlying the book’s creation: how this tale that warns against miserliness was born because of Dickens' acute need for money, and how its publication resulted in a dispute about
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    Kalliope
    REREADING IN 2017 BUT I REPEAT EVERYTHING BELOW TO MY UN-SCROOGY FRIENDS.





    I wish a most UN-SCROOGY Christmas to all my GR Friends.


    With lots of:




    Merriment




    Christmas Love




    Generous and very Christmasy Gifts




    Copious and Delicious Food




    Not too much drinking



    Christmas Games




    Another watch of The Nutcracker




    And of course...Fascinating and Beautiful Books




    And to remember what Scrooge learnt:

    I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!
    Lola  Reviewer
    *3.5 stars*

    I shall start by introducing you to Ebenezer Scrooge. According to the narrator, the cold-hearted, unholy and inconsiderate man we have as main character.
    description
    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 s
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    Mary
    Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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    Candi
    When I think of Christmas and all those things that make Christmas so special, A Christmas Carol immediately comes to mind right along with family, friends, beautiful Christmas trees, Mom’s anise cut-out cookies, brilliant holiday light displays, gently falling snow, festive instrumental and choral concerts, midnight mass, and angel trees. A Christmas Carol truly is a timeless classic and a beloved tradition, whether you see the movie or read the book. The blessing of this treasure is that you d ...more
    Alejandro
    The Christmas reading par excellence!


    A CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED ONCE AND AGAIN

    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:

    Chris
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    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    I love A Christmas Carol

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    I can't believe I have just NOW read this book. I have been watching the MANY movies of A Christmas Carol since I was a little kid. My favorite being the one with Albert Finney, that seemed to be the one I watched the most. I have it on dvd (maybe blu ray, I would have to look) and I have the VHS tape for a long time. Remember those? I also have The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. You know I think after reading this book I'm going to have to
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    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    *Read for class

    1. This is the first book I've finished in September I am so damn excited.
    2. I have endless love for this story because my mom is obsessed with Christmas movies so I've seen at least a million adaptations of it. Happy to say the book was even better! Short and sweet, yet still Dickensian!
    Brina
    Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics, holiday
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the current runaway leader for a reread in the group Catching up on Classics for December. As I gear up for what looks to be some intense reading during the last two months of the year, I decided to pre read this short classic this week. Being that I do not observe the Christmas holiday and can sometimes feel overwhelmed by its presence during the last six weeks of the year, I felt that it was better for me to read Dickens' classic early so I could keep an ...more
    Alex Farrand
    Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics, christmas
    A quick read to get me into the holiday spirit. Most likely a re-read for me during Christmas. Even better than the billions movies that I watched, maybe. The Muppets are still pretty funny.
    Leo .
    Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a fantastic story! How terrible it was to be poor in the Victorian Era. Dickens was a humanitarian and saw first hand the poverty in the streets of London. The starving urchins trying to steal an apple or a handkerchief. The void between the rich and the poor. This story, like Oliver Twist in my opinion is a masterpiece.

    The musicals are just, brilliant.



    Christmas is coming, we know its near

    Evenings are darker, the cold weather is here

    Will there be snow? The sky is white

    Or have they been Che
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    James
    4+ out of 5 stars to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a story almost everyone is likely familiar with as early on as childhood. And we've all seen some form of this in a TV show, movie or another book, given how familiar the three ghosts of Christmas have become.



    Why This Book
    I honestly don't recall how I stumbled upon this book, perhaps by watching one of the movie versions as the first foray. Sacrilegious, I know. But once you see it on a TV screen, the story compels you to want to read
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    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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    Ebenezer Scrooge, the very definition of grumpy miserliness, gets a second chance at figuring out what's really important in life, with the help of some ghosts who give him an unforgettable version of "This is Your Life."

    This may not be a perfect piece of literature -- there are a few places where Dickens goes off on tangential lines of thought that I thought would have been better left out -- but you know, it's actually amazing and touching, the influence this classic novella has had on our cul
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    Cecily
    Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics, christmas
    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.

    Plot
    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.

    Typic
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    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
    Glenn Sumi
    Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: before-1900, classics


    I’ve seen countless film, TV and stage adaptations of A Christmas Carol, but it wasn’t until this week that I read the actual text. Which is strange. I adore Dickens. If pressed, I’d call him one of my all-time favourite authors. But it’s a busy time of year, and when I watch the films it’s usually in a social situation.

    This week I found myself with a few extra hours and finally read the novella. Wow. I’m very glad I did. Here are some thoughts:

    I can see why it’s so frequently adapted and has
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    Cait • A Page with a View
    You'd think I'd get tired of reading this when there are so many movie adaptations that it's impossible not to have the entire plot memorized. But it doesn't even matter that I could probably close my eyes and recite the story at this point because I just love the way Dickens writes! It's still enchanting aaaaand I really love this story. That is all.
    Carmen
    Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Anyone
    Amazing. A classic for a reason.

    RE-READ: 2015. I read this book every Christmas Eve. It makes me laugh, it scares me, it makes me cry. So good! And so short! :) I must admit my favorite part is the first part where Scrooge is so grumpy and miserly. And the book is so classic, filled with classic lines that are so well-known it's a pleasure to read them because they are so familiar and true.

    And, once again, it's short. No trouble to get through! Merry Christmas!

    http://www.gocomics.com/bliss/2015/
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    Evgeny
    Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classic
    One might like Christmas, or one might not; one might be a Christian, or one might not be. Anyway I do not think anybody would be arguing against the fact that this novella became practically ultimate Christmas story. For this reason I will not bother hiding spoilers in my review; if you have no clue what it is about and I spoil it for you, consider it to be my punishment for living under a rock all this time.

    Grumpy Cat Christmas
    Sorry, there is something irresistible about the Grumpy Cat in Christmas settings and
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    Leonard Gaya
    Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This short parable or morality tale is probably one of the most read novellas within Charles Dickens’ vast body of work, and one that truly embodies the spirit of Christmas. A short book we could all do with on these cold winter nights (here in London, they are, at least)!

    I guess everyone knows the story in broad strokes: Ebenezer Scrooge, a disgusting narrow-shouldered old misanthrope and life-denying penny-pincher (the avatar of Shylock, Volpone, Harpagon and many more literary misers) is abou
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    Jean
    "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
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    Ahmad Sharabiani
    A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
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    Jessica
    Possibly the best Christmas book EVER. Not only the greatest story since the original (you know, the one in the New Testament), but combined with P.J. Lynch's magnificent illustrations, this book is a gift you can open year after year!

    Reread 2012: I had a sudden revelation this morning as I finished this book. It's not just the greatest Christmas book ever, but I have realized that it is probably in my Top Ten of All Time. Such a beautiful work! If anything can be a favorite part, it's the Fezzi
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    Ginger
    Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    By God, Dickens just got me into a Christmas spirit!
    I’m so glad I finally read this classic. It’s an excellent tale of redemption and joy.

    If you have been living under a rock all these years and have not read this yet, what are you waiting for? Don't be like Scrooge. It's only 162 pages of pure unadulterated Christmas joy. Bah humbug!
    Ahmed  Ejaz
    Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2017, full-lengths
    Whenever I read any of Charles Dickens' works, I always think that what a great man he had been. His way of creating plots which are soo relatable yet powerful always makes me to read more of his works.
    As far as this book concerns, it is marvellous. I kid you not when I say this book will definitely make you feel something. At least I felt. A lot. Of course, it's Charles Dickens we are talking about. I have read many of his short stories. But never read a book. This was my first read of his book
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    Annet
    Having seen many movie versions of this famous book , I thought it was finally time to read the book this (time of) year and I did!
    How talented Dickens was... to invent this story and write it in beautiful language. Maybe I'll reread it again by Christmas time next year, so much detail there, deserves great attention, and my good intention will be to read more Dickens in the time to come. A delightful book, a very talented writer, so long ago... A magical story, famous for its moral and 'advice
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    Valerie
    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
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    Phrynne
    Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Whether we have read the book or not I think we all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his overnight conversion from miser to philanthropist. The most amazing thing is that a novella written so long ago still has such an effect on us each year at Christmas time.
    I love Dickens and always have ever since I was introduced to him at school by way of David Copperfield and Great Expectations. A Christmas Carol is one of his easier reads but it is still full of his wonderful way with language. No o
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    Sidharth Vardhan
    Okay! I will say it. If there was ever a book that should be made a compulsory than its this. It is from now on, my most favorite book - the numero uno, and I bet it shall be all my life. I have seen several media adoptions and parodies; and had also read a dramatic adoption back in my school - so I thought it would be slightly boring. However, it was enchanting. You could read the book and know its strength is in more than the unique plot (of ghosts).

    The narration is beautiful and pleasantly h
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