A Christmas Carol
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On a very special Christmas Eve, a hard-hearted man is given a wonderful and terrifying gift. Ebeneezer Scrooge sees no point in Christmas fun. He forces his employee, Bob Cratchit, to work in his freezing counting-house, only granting poor Cratchit a day off for Christmas at the very last second. Cratchit goes home to his humble but happy home. Scrooge, however, is in for a wild ride through Christmases past, present, and future. Three spirits guide the miserly man through visions that forever change him—opening his eyes and heart, and making him a better man. Itself a Christmas tradition, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol has touched generations since it was first published in 1843.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was uniquely successful as a writer during his lifetime, enjoying huge followings from readers and audiences in England and America. When, early in life, sudden misfortune sent his family into extreme poverty, the young Charles was sent to work in a factory. Never forgetting this childhood misery, Dickens wrote often in later life about the plights of the working poor. As a young man he became a law clerk and stenographer, moving into journalism in the 1830s. Dickens's early journalistic sketches formed the basis for his first literary works. With the 1836 serialized publication of The Pickwick Papers, his unparalleled success as an author began. Dickens went on to write such famous novels as David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge, Hard Times, and Bleak House, with all of his works remaining in print to this day.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
C. D. ...
Reviewed by turtle7761 on Dec 24, 2009
Just as good as I remember from when I was a child.
Reviewed by chinalace on Feb 13, 2012
precise, interesting, and inspriring
It was the 3D animation film version of this novel that arose my curiosity, which prompted me to read the book. The film was very well-done, and the book is a very good one as well. I loved the story for its simplicity and moral behind the story.
Reviewed by andrejules on Apr 1, 2011
A Christmas Carol
As a boy growing up in Iowa and Illinois, my mother insisted that we read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. I loved it then and still love it. Movies and TV have never created it so well as my imagination.
Reviewed by slavica on Dec 15, 2010
The main character is a man taken from the present with all his poor human attributes as being a miser, and put into all temptations to make him into a complete different being,following a magic and dream we all have .There were three ghosts to tempt him:Past,Present and Future.
The past in its intention of reminding to the child he used to be…childhood is most important period in life;from that comes all the destiny if you followed it in right way.it is also the richest and happiest for lack of awareness of all malign and vicious which mature man can bring forth.The Childhood bears smile of innocence ,most visible in eyes of a child.It also forewarns you that your opponent,fellow you confront once was such a child and give a chance to melt your approach and forgive.
my review on Christmas Carol
Reviewed by Eomt on Jul 2, 2010
Ran out of xmas to finish- a pleasureable dip in the season
Gotta love Dickens' language- wordy and piquant together. Accessibly brief.
Admittedly hooked by Alastair Sim early, so I would like this Dickens if I didn't like Dickens.
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