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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  33,938 ratings  ·  794 reviews
Dicken's most beloved story, A Christmas Carol, is as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe and carolers. This heartwarming tale continues to stir in us the same feelings of repentance, forgiveness, and love that transformed Ebenezer Scrooge.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Signet (first published December 19th 1843)
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Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I might have not profited, I dare say…Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, an ...more
Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


I have a tradition of reading something by Dickens over the Christmas holidays. Sometimes a full novel, often a short story, mostly re-readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this being my favorite of all Dickens' writings. This year I read this with a good friend from Good Reads. It was his introduction to Dickens and my keeping up with tradition. Rather than writing a review for this I thought I would make some general observatio
Joey Woolfardis
[First read: 2010 or thereabouts. 4 stars.
Second read: Christmas 2015. 4 stars.
Third read: Christmas, 2016. 4 stars.]

Ghost stories were the theme of Christmas during Victorian times and it's a tradition that is sorely missed. Charles Dickens is pretty much King of Christmas, and all these stories have a spectral vibe to them. They all contain the same kind of feeling to them, and give us a meaning to Christmas that I think we've let go of a little. Even I of a Scrooge nature feels blessed after
Johann (jobis89)
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”

A classic Christmas tale, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old man, who is visited by his deceased business partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come one Christmas Eve. Their intention is to help Scrooge realise the error in his ways and to help his transform into a better person.

Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol – the story
Only Mr Charles Dickens could ever dream of animating Christmas Fayre with his wonderous prose as he does some chestnuts and a Spanish Onion in A Christmas Carol .
There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out onto the street in there apoplectic opulence. There were ruddy, brown faced, wide –girthed Spanish Onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars; and winking from thei

cute! i was warned a million times about dickens's wordiness, but i had no problem with it here. (i'm very wordy myself when writing, so it'd be hypocritical to hate it.)

this never fully grabbed my attention, but i never minded reading it. i've of course seen the story done before (community theater! the mickey cartoon! etc etc) so it wasn't fresh by any means, but i'm glad i read it.

bottom line: this is a good read-in-a-lifetime book! i recommend it.
This article on Dickens and Christmas nudged me into re-reading A Christmas Carol. The introduction to this Penguin edition even starts with the same anecdote, about the costermonger's daughter who asked “Mr Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?”

I rarely re-read books, not least because there are too many classics I wish I'd read, and which I haven't yet read once, to launch myself into a project of re-reading. But also because I know that re-reading is more time-consuming both to do
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
4 stars for A Christmas Carol/2 or 3 for the others

I'm not sure how I've gotten to be the age I am without ever reading A Christmas Carol (I've never seen the movie either). I'm really glad that I decided to rectify that problem this year. I really enjoyed the well known tale of the ghosts of Christmas. The other stories were not bad but I didn't feel they had the same magic. This collection has some really interesting information in an appendix on Dickens's use of The Arabian Nights, a
Bionic Jean
**Please note, this review is for the specific “Readers Digest” edition. For my reviews of the text of these three books, please see my shelves. **

The books published by the “Readers Digest Association” are always beautifully produced, albeit they do not have ISBNs and perhaps are not regarded as mainstream publishing. This one is no exception. It is a hardback, with a green leatherette cover, and a red spine. Gold tooling is used for the title, the author, and for the decorative border. Inside
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I start a book like this, I expect for it to put me in the Christmas mood, and so it did! From the very first page, I could feel the crispness of the snow under my feet and the chill of the weather, and I didn't mind at all that we were in a graveyard!
Most of these Christmas stories contain pure magic - I especially loved the Sexton one and the legendary A Christmas Carol. Other stories didn't intrigue me that much but they still put me in the mood for Christmas. So all in all, I would
Branwen *of House Targaryen*
"I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."
Grace Tjan
I suppose that a story that is so ubiquitous during Christmas time as this one needs no introduction. I can see why it has been constantly popular for more than one hundred years. I appreciate the writing and craft that goes into the story, the social commentary, the worthy morals, and the affection that generations of readers have for it. But I hated it. Yes, it's official, I'm the Grinch and (pre-reformed) Scrooge rolled into one. I have a heart made of stone, or at least something equally har ...more
Sean Blake
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you rate one of the greatest morality novellas of all time? It's a Christmas classic! Preaching compassion, sympathy, empathy and generosity, A Christmas Carol is beautifully written, atmospheric, playful and politically charged.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, racconti
Ho letto solo "Canto di Natale", che merita sicuramente 5 stelline. Una di quelle storie che tanto si sanno, ma vale la pena leggere perché lo stile è davvero incantevole...e perché un po' di sano spirito natalizio scalda sempre il cuore!
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*Rated 3.5/5 stars
Reminds me what Christmas is all about...the giving ♥ (2015)
Wonderful story of compassion.
The book also contains two other Christmas stories.
The Haunted Man is what I read this time (2016). Again the story is set at Christmas eve, a darker and more subtle take revolves around the fate of a teacher of chemistry, named Redlaw, whose lonely existence is oppressed by a host of gloomy memories. Redlaw wants to be rid of every bad memory of suffering, unhappiness, and wrong that he has ever known. Hi
Jelena Milenković
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
This was supposed to be my December read. Oh well, who needs to stick strictly to monthly TBRs anyway??
I blame this on you, Hallmark, with your Christmas movies playing on TV in November! You got me craving so no one can really blame me for this, right?
Erin Clemence
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rounded this novel up to 4, as an average for all the stories in this novel. This novel is a collection of Dickens' Christmas stories, including "A Christmas Carol", five other Christmas-themed stories, fourteen very short Christmas stories, and three short Christmas stories he co-wrote. For the sake of time and space, I have only included the five Christmas stories in this review.

A Christmas Carol: 5 Obviously. There is no need to sum up this story's plot so I won't go into it. This story i
N.N. Light
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this every year and it totally gets me in the Christmas mood.

My Rating: 5+ stars
Christmas - love and hope - the truest essence of joy, generosity, grace, and mercy - is so beautifully and imaginatively conveyed through Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. One of my favorite Christmastime stories of all times.

One can be rich in materialism, wealthy beyond measure, but poor and loathsome in spirit. A real Bah Humbug - Scrooge. And one can be poor or of modest means by the world's standards, yet rich in all things of priceless, eternal worth. Such as Bob Cratchit (love the play
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici, natale
Il Canto o Ballata di Natale ***** semplicemente fantastico, è banale dirlo ma risveglia proprio lo Spirito Natalizio, ideale, visto il ritmo dei nostri giorni che ci rende difficile apprezzare queste sensazioni, leggerlo in questo periodo di feste.

Il Grillo del focolare *** è quello che mi ha lasciato più perplessa. Ho avuto alcune difficoltà di comprensione della lettura; non ho capito se per causa mia o per problemi di traduzione o per dei riferimenti che non ho afferrato, ma mi sono ritrovat
Christmas writings seem to often be drenched in nostalgia - even T.S. Eliot succumbed to it with The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Dylan Thomas is another example. Dickens is no exception, with additional syrupy sentimentalism and overt Christian evangelism mixed with supernatural elements. Other famous Dickensian themes are also present; urban poverty and social injustice.

I found much of the book forgettable, the exceptions being the two longer stories, A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the different themes Dickens talked about in his Christmas writings. It did feel a bit repetitive at times, as it was made of stories set at Christmas with similar themes and I did enjoy some more than others (my detailed ratings will come tomorrow), but I loved A Christmas Carol so much that it outshined the rest. A perfect read to be in a festive mood at the end of the year!
It, like Oliver Twist, is a minor Dickens work in scope, but its truths are momentous truths & its aesthetic sensibilities remain breathtaking and ahead of their time. The quintessential perennial novel and for very good reason.
Honestly what can I even say about this book other than it is a timeless classic and the best thing to read at Christmas time! <3
Katelyn Buxton
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Christmas Carol
5 out of 5 stars

[I copied this from my original review of it, which can be found here:]

This book is weird. This book is spooky. This book is deep. But it also captures so perfectly the essence of Christmas—that “goodwill towards mankind”—that makes the season so beautiful—and now can Christmas hurry up already?? (I may have read it a little too early.) :P

I have to say, though, that one of my favorite parts came early on when Marley’s ghos
Barb in Maryland
I borrowed this for 'A Christmas Carol' and the rating is for that story only.

Confession time--if I had ever read 'A Christmas Carol' before, it would have been as a pre-teen and we will not get into how may years ago that was. And even at that age I was already familiar with the story from seeing movie versions on television.

However, the written story still managed to surprise me in several ways, so I am glad I finally got around to reading it. It is always good to go back to the source. And it
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Christmas Carol" is of course worthy of five stars, but as this is a review of the entire volume as a whole, I have settled on four stars instead.

You can't say "Christmas" without saying "Dickens". It is an undying rule and also a tribute to how great a writer Dickens truly was. How he managed to capture the perfect essence of the Christmas spirit in one small book and therefore creating an everlasting mark on our way to perceive this particular holiday. It is both an astonishing and remarkab
Οσες φορές και αν το διαβάσω σε καθε διασκευή πάντα θα βρίσκω και κάτι νεό να σημειώσω, μα είναι ένα χριστουγεννιάτικο θαύμα, είναι ένα αριστούργημα, η ωραιότερη χριστουγεννιάτικη ιστορία που γράφτηκε ποτέ από χέρι ανθρώπου! Εκπληξη όμως αποτελεί και το χριστουγεννιάτικο δέντρο του Ντίκενς, δεν το'χα ξαναδιαβάσει όπου μιλά για όνειρα, αγάπη, ιστορίες του παρελθόντος που μαγεύουν ενα παιδι. " Αθώα και καλοδεχούμενα να είναι πάντα τα Χριστούγεννα κάτω από τα κλαδιά του Χριστουγεννιατικου δέντρου π ...more
Amy Spector
Time for a Reread!

How many can I get through before Christmas?

A Christmas Carol
The Chimes
The Cricket of the Hearth
The Battle of Life
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain
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Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

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