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Contes de Noël

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,390 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Dans ces cinq contes, Dickens célèbre l'esprit de Noël, le partage et la charité, et dénonce l'injustice sociale qui exclut les pauvres de cette fête. C'est un portrait truculent de la vie quotidienne et une condamnation sans appel de l'exploitation et de la misère. Ce message social, Dickens nous le donne en douceur, par le détour du conte et du fantastique. Comme l'écrit ...more
Paperback, Folio Classique, 712 pages
Published 2012 by Gallimard (first published 1867)
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Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Listening to these Dickens stories was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. And you can never go wrong with David Timson as narrator. Very enjoyable!
These are NOT the Christmas Books of Ebenezer Scrooge and other volumes which put the winter holiday on the map. These are the annual holiday-themed stories Dickens published in his Household Words journal. These stories made Mr. Dickens the prophet of home life. He brought imagination into the winter homes and told his readers that comfort, a cozy fire under the hearth, spiced wine, and a good story made home-staying worthwhile.

...there are strings in the human heart which must never be sounde
A Christmas Carol is a perfect book. This book is a collection of Dickens' other Christmas stories, which were quaint, but not very good in my opinion.
Nhi Nguyễn
Wow wow wow, what more can I say? When it comes to Christmas stories, Charles Dickens is THE BEST!!! I love how he didn't preach with his stories, but gracefully, through his masterful talent of telling tales, inserted the life lessons and parables that he wanted to convey to the readers into those stories. He let us feel, hope, ache and shed those joyful tears with the characters that he created, in the spirit and ambience of Christmas - the most wonderful time of the year!

While "The Chimes" be
Three stars solely for "A Christmas Carol"; the rest are forgettable or cheesy or both.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, pt
*It should be noted that I’m not a fan of the classics

“A Christmas Carol” was fine. It’s well-written and very creative but this one worked better for me on the screen. 3 out of 5 stars.

“The Chimes” was off to a good start. I was really enjoying the story of a homeless man living on the stairs of a church and having a deep connection with the chimes. But then it takes a completely different direction and gets too repetitive and preachy. And thus, the Christmas Carol 2.0 lost all the appeal. 2 o
Mary Lou
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It hurts me to give anything by Dickens only two stars. This was an audio book, and the reader was good. Maybe I was distracted with driving and by my thoughts, but I found the thread of some of the stories hard to hold on to. There were bits of brilliance throughout (the Sweeney Todd-like passage in "The Holly Tree Inn" for example), but also a lot of "meh". The box doesn't list the included stories, but "A Christmas Carol" isn't among them. The titles I can remember off the top of my head are: ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I don't worry about having the proper edition in my goodreads but in this case it's VERY hard to find an edition that lists the exact stories I read! So Blackstone audio is what I listened to, and it included:
A Christmas Tree
What Christmas Is as We Grow Older
The Poor Relation's Story
The Child's Story
Nobody's Story
The Seven Poor Travellers
The Holly Tree

Hadn't heard any of these before and I liked them all, but especially I think the Holly Tree. So strange and sweet?
Lubinka Dimitrova
Sadly, this book left me utterly unimpressed. The writing was beautiful as one might expect from an author like that, but the stories themselves were rather dull, as far as stories go. The narrator did a great job, but it was not enough for me to actually care for any of the characters.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dickens wrote a passel of Christmas stories, stories set in deepest winter, and tales for telling around the fire. It was... interesting to travel back, draw a mug of mulled wine and imagine traveling overland in a coach, four horses pulling through the deepest snow, my limbs packed in straw (yeah, this is all in one story, 'The Holly Tree'), headed for a gothic inn where Things Are Not As They Seem.

Far be it from me to critique Charles Dickens, who is witty and creative and fond of veering off
Carol Fenlon
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dickens as a master storyteller here. I bought this on an antiques stall, and dipped in over Christmas for some Victorian nostalgia. I wasn't disappointed but what really struck me was how Dickens could make a story out of anything and many of these stories contain stories within stories without ever getting boring. Dickens just never fails to grab your attention, and even though written so long ago in the style of the time, it's still fresh. There are hundreds of stories in this volume which al ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching, real and beautifully written! I hadn't read anything yet by Charles Dickens, but I love his style. He is one of those great writers who can make small things and events essential by just describing them. Most of these stories are about 'real' people, often poor ones, with raw emotions and relatable life events.

Not all stories were great, I did not really like the story about the Christmas Tree. However, I loved 'Christmas as we grow older' (a must-read for everyone) and 'The Chimes'. T
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dickens
My mind is too easily distracted for audiobooks. I can usually get through an Edgar Rice Burroughs or a book aimed at younger readers, but Dickens, no. That being said I did still enjoy the stories in here especially The Chimes and The Cricket On The Hearth, but an eventual reading of the actual books will be necessary.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

To be fair to the book, I don't think I was in the right headspace for it. To be fair to me, it didn't grab my attention to allow me to better appreciate the stories. I'll stick with A Christmas Carol for my Dickensian Christmas needs.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
There is certainly a reason why these "other" Dickens Christmas stories are largely forgotten.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
P.S. Winn
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't go wrong with a Dickens' tale. I love this collection and it is an amazing group of stories when you have family and friends around at Christmas time. Share with all you love.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this edition of Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol, bundled here with The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth. The cloth-board cover is very jovial with simple Christmas decorations, which are continued on the inside covers too:

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The stories themselves are illustrated by William Littleworth. And very atmospheric they are too:

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I found the book in a charity shop in Landrindod Wells and snapped it up as it felt like a little treasure in my hands. Except for missing its dust c
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf, reread
"Christmas Carol", A History of Christmas Ghosts
This is a story, a tale already well known and because of the movie "A Christmas Carol" by Robert Zemeckis. I saw the movie in the theater in 2009 and fell in love completely by the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas. Every year the Christmas time have a habit of watching the movie and since 2009 he wanted to buy the book Dickens Christmas tale.
Reading this story didn't disappoint me at all. I still to like it! Dickens's writing
"The Christmas Stories" is a collection of short stories Charles Dickens wrote for the Christmas editions of a magazine he founded and edited, entitled "Household Words." His more famous holiday works, such as "A Christmas Carol" and "The Cricket on the Hearth" aren't included in this volume. What you do get are several lesser known works: "A Christmas Tree," "What Christmas is as We Grow Older," "The Poor Relation's Story," "The Child's Story," "The Schoolboy's Story," "Nobody's Story," "The Se ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“...Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”

“...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,”

“... twenty pair of partners; people who were not to be trifled with; people who would dance, and had no notion of walking.” - Fezziwig's Ball, A Christmas Carol

Ghost of Christmas Pas
I love Charles Dickens, and when I started this book a year ago I was really enjoying it. Then, after a couple Charles Dickens stories, I reached the stories written by multiple authors. And that's where it lost me, because they cut out everything not written by Dickens which really impacts the feel and flow of the story. The first one I recall that set the stage for the rest of the book was an adventure story. The characters get captured and the chapter ends. Then insert footnote: in the next c ...more
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are the hidden treasures that are often overlooked in the spotlight of The Christmas Carol. Dickens amplifies the cricket chirps and chapel chimes that blend into the background, forgotten. Dickens gives his reader glimpses into the lens of the myriad lives of the simpleminded to shrewd, fathers to lovers, the broken hearted and blind. He grapples with themes of social justice, unconditional forgiveness, familial and hierarchical relationships. Through the disparate narratives of diverse c ...more
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, classic
A Christmas Carol in written form is more beautiful and less frightening than ANY of the film adaptations I have seen. (I am partial to Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.)

Originally bought for my niece and nephew, it never made it to their collections -- excited to find all titles within one volume and enjoying reading it as part of my "Christmas preparations".

Did not enjoy The Chime, or rather I should say, I clearly missed something in it -- I DON'T understand why TODDY needs his conscience awakene
Jackie Herrera
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it is a book not for everyone because although it has different stories the reader is complicated, although not much if it is enough to have to pay attention and it can become tedious, so it is advisable not to get carried away for being stories of Christmas because that does not mean they are easy and simple, I think the way they are written are good and particular, I like the author's writing, but I must admit that I did not love it, I would think A lot if I read something like this ag ...more
I'm starting off my 2020 by finishing off the books that I didn't finish in 2019, which includes some Christmas reading.

My rating for this is 3.5 stars. The stories were enjoyable, but not as good as A Christmas Carol and I felt that a couple were a little long winded and predictable.

The stories included in this were:
- The Chimes
-The Cricket on the Hearth
-The Battle of Life
-The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

I think The Cricket on the Hearth was my favourite of the four.
This contains Charles Dickens 5 Christmas books

A Christmas Carol - one of my favourite Christmas stories (I'd give it 5 stars if I was rating it individually)
The Chimes - A bit predictable and the main character irritated me (2 stars)
The Cricket on the Hearth - I quite liked this, but sometimes I thought he stated the obvious and it didn't need so much detail (3 stars)
The Battle of Life - I liked it, but don't remember very much about it (3 stars)
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain - I liked
In this book "Christmas carol"by Charles Dickens the author talks about scrooges point of prospective about Christmas. At the beginning of the book scrooges best friend Marley's died spirit visits his to worn him that if he does not change his after life will be bad. scrooge was bombarded by 3 spirits that lifted his spirit. The first spirit the author describes as a candle who takes scrooge to look at his past. The second spirit has a very jolly spirit who shows scrooge what his uncle thinks of ...more
Julie Akeman
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhh I love Dickens! I love that I own my own copy of his Christmas books collection. Sweet emotive tales that he wrote to move people's hearts to caring about the rest of humanity. I love how he writes, descriptve in a theatrical way. He would read his stories when he had done tours. I would have LOVED to have heard him speak. I love A Christmas Carol but it was sooo good to finally read something that I haven't read of his, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth, great heartwarming tales, se ...more
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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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