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A Christmas Carol and other tales
Ebenezer Scrooge is back, but his are not the only ghosts that haunt this collection of holiday favorites. A collection of classic Dickens Holiday tales. No one can tug at the heartstrings like Dickens.
Includes: A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Tree, What Christmas Is as We Grow Older, A Poor Relation's Story, A Schoolboy's Story, and Nobody's Story. Those who think Tiny T
My most cherished copy of A Christmas Carol is an illustrated Greek children's book that dates back to 1993. A gift by my grandmother who had a vicious love for all things ghostly and supernatural, it was the story that prompted my fascination with spirits and festive terrifying sto ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The first is about a family’s Christmas, focusing mostly on the dinner.
The second is very much akin to Christmas Carol, as an old (very Scrooge-like) miser called Gabriel Grub is visited, not by spirits but by the King of the Goblins and his associates.
The third is a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
5 out of 5 stars
[I copied this from my original review of it, which can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...]
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 ...more
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?
This contains the five novella-length stories usually known as Dickens’ Christmas books, in a lovely new hardback edition from Oxford World’s Classics. It’s beautifully produced, with some of the original illustrations for each story, and is one of those volumes that is a physical pleasure to read, quite apart from the contents. I’d say it is perfect Christmas gift material for any Dickens fan, except I’d never be willing to give my copy away!
A Christmas ...more
I found much of the book forgettable, the exceptions being the two longer stories, A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man. ...more
Well this was a wild ride...
I often find it hard trying to rate books like these for a multitude of reasons. Namely, it's hard to rate classics because of the history of their literary merit. In this case, it's also difficult to rate this book because it's a collection of stories from a beloved author. That being said, I kind of hated this collection and it really did nothing to entertain me.
To dissect this book, I will say A Christmas Carol lives up to it's hype about a ...more
As for the other sto ...more
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