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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings Read & download Ä eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here 'Merry Christmasevery idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding'Dickens' story of solitary miserCkens wrote annually for his weekly journals In all of them Dickens celebrates the season as one of geniality charity and remembranceThis new selection contains an introduction by distinguished Dickens scholar Michael Slater discussing how the author has shaped ideas about the Christmas spirit an appendix on Dickens' use of The Arabian Nights a further reading list and explanatory note. 3755cute 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 itthis 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 itbottom line this is a good read in a lifetime book i recommend it

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An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here 'Merry Christmasevery idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding'Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a series of ghostly visitors has proved one of his most well loved works Ever since it was published in 1843 it has had an end. “There are many things from which I might have derived good by which I might have not profited I dare sayChristmas among the rest But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time when it has come roundas 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 and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys And there uncle though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket I believe that it has done me good and will do me good; and I say God bless it” Nephew Fred in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol As near as I can tell A Christmas Carol is perfect It embodies in a very real way Christmas itself Charles Dickens is justly famous for his big sprawling shaggy dog serials in which he spun intricate and twisty tales with the louaciousness of a man being paid by the word They are filled with dozens of characters all of them lovingly observed most with a laundry list of uirks They are filled with ups and downs and ups and downs They are seemingly designed to avoid reaching any sort of conclusion Indeed many of his epics such as Bleak House and Great Expectations have an ad hoc feel to them as though Dickens himself was as uncertain of his ending as the reader Not so with A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol is short efficient and tightly focused It has a natural symmetry and a wonderful simplicity with just a handful of characters and an all time killer hook greedy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited upon Christmas Eve by four apparitions Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past Present and Yet to Come who teach him a powerful lesson about the meaning of the day This is a book with a message a thesis statement yet it entertains while it preaches The visit from his long deceased partner Jacob Marley “dead these seven years” sets out the parameters of the story that three other ghosts will visit Scrooge to teach him the meaning of Christmas and by extension how to live a better life all the year long The first meeting of man and ghost a seriocomic scene set in Scrooge’s bedchambers is classic Dickens and manages to balance pedantry with humor by way of some un improvable dialogueThough he looked the phantom through and through and saw it standing before him; though he felt the chilling influence of its death cold eyes; and marked the very texture of the folded kerchief bound about its head and chin which wrapper he had not observed before; he was still incredulous and fought against his senses “How now” said Scrooge caustic and cold as ever “What do you want with me”“Much” – Marley’s voice no doubt about it“Who are you”“Ask me who I was” “Who were you then” said Scrooge raising his voice “You’re particular for a shade”After Jacob’s departure Scrooge repairs to his bed to await the other ghosts First is the Ghost of Christmas Past “Long past” “Your past”who transports Scrooge to his childhood where we learn of Scrooge’s strained relationship with his father his close relationship with his sister and the lost love of his life a woman named Belle who Scrooge forsook for money The scenes with the Ghost of Christmas Past have always been my favorite because they toy with the very foundations upon which Christmas is built a slightly melancholic nostalgia for the way things were or how we remembered them to be In came a fiddler with a music book and went up to the lofty desk and made an orchestra of it and tuned like fifty stomach aches In came Mrs Fezziwig one vast substantial smile In came the three Miss Fezziwigs beaming and lovable In came the six young followers whose hearts they broke In came all the young men and women employed in the business In came the housemaid with her cousin the baker In came the cook with her brother’s particular friend the milkman In came the boy from over the way who was suspected of not having board enough from his master; trying to hide himself behind the girl from next door but one who was proved to have had her ears pulled by her mistress In they all came one after another; some shyly some boldly some gracefully some awkwardly some pushing some pulling; in they all came anyhow and everyhowNext the Ghost of Christmas Present arrives He presents as a jolly man but the longer we spend time with him – meeting Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit and his crippled son Tiny Tim; looking in on the Christmas party of Scrooge’s nephew Fred – the of a dark pedagogue he becomes By the time Christmas Present takes his leave he is lecturing us about Ignorance Want and Doom in many ways he is the drunk uncle we all know and tolerate Finally there is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come who shows Scrooge the misery and death that awaits if he does not change his ways The silent specter is an oppressive presence and represents Dickens at his most on the nose banging away at his points with a hammer Yet it all sets up exuisitely for a rousing finale A Christmas Carol has been adapted hundreds of times Thousands if you count local theaters It is a testament to Dickens’ creation that most of these adaptations hew so closely to the original There is no need to add subtract or tinker On the subject of adaptations if you ever see me at a Christmas party I will be happy to explain my theory on how every Christmas movie springs from A Christmas Carol This particular volume also includes other Christmas stories and writings by Dickens Frankly they barely rate a mention at least relative to A Christmas Carol It is hard to be interested in these minor offerings when compared to the alpha dog of all Christmas literary offerings It’s a bit like having your Bugatti test drive interrupted by some dude who wants you to try his skateboard In the spirit of charity I suppose there is some merit in studying these other stories if only to compare and contrast them to A Christmas Carol For instance in The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton you see many of the elements a Christmas humbug ghosts that Dickens would later use to better effect In The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain written post Carol Dickens introduces another pedagogic specter This ghost allows a man named Redlaw to lose all memories of his sufferings and sorrows with generally bad conseuences This story blatantly attempts to capitalize on the popularity of A Christmas Carol – complete with a lesson – and unfortunately indulges in Dickens’ weakness for overly wacky characters Dickens has been called “the man who invented Christmas” Obviously that is not literally true And it is not really figuratively true either Dickens was in fact building on traditions that far predated his classic fable His bit of genius was to take this holiday and give it transformative power Not only a day of celebration but a day of contemplation Not just a time to think about mulled wine and plum pudding but to ponder those who are poor sick or struggling “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents” Jo grumbles at the start of Little Women twenty six years after the publication of A Christmas Carol Such is the current state of Christmas Those Cratchit kids though would never think such a thing They’d never dare utter such a complaint; even the smallest goose was enough to satisfy them The values espoused in A Christmas Carol are timeless and meaningful But it is than a parable More than any other book or movie or song or play A Christmas Carol draws us intimately into the best parts of this yearly celebration That is why I have never tired of the story no matter how many times and in how many ways I have experienced it I love A Christmas Carol whether it is in Muppet form or Magoo form or George C Scott form or Patrick Stewart form or the original novella which I read every year In Scrooge’s rebirth marked by a turkey as big as a child and the promise of parties featuring a bowl of smoking bishop and Blind Man’s Bluff we are given a version of an idealized Christmas the table is full family is present and the children are healthy In presenting this idealized Christmas Dickens manages to capture the importance of memory When you were young time started to slow in December and then stopped completely during that hour long church service standing between you and your gift wrapped toys As you get older Christmas comes and goes much uicker and leaves you weighing this year’s festivities often unfavorably to all that came before Years pass and the composition of your family changes through addition and subtraction through birth and death Coming as it does so near the end of the year Christmas becomes a transitory signpost Our Christmas traditions though push back against mortality and place us instead along a continuum Sure maybe Grandma is gone but her ornaments are still on the tree glittering like they have since World War II Tradition keeps her alive and will keep us alive when we are gone Dickens used Christmas Past Present and Yet to Come to change Scrooge Those are also the very elements that we reuire in our own celebrations the memories of the past; our friends and family and some wine in the present; and the knowledge in the future that this will always exist even if we are not there to enjoy it

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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas WritingsUring influence on the way we think about the traditions of Christmas Dickens' other Christmas writings collected here include 'The Story of the Goblins who Stole a Sexton' the short story from The Pickwick Papers on which A Christmas Carol was based; The Haunted Man a tale of a man tormented by painful memories; along with shorter pieces some drawn from the 'Christmas Stories' that Di. “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 personEveryone knows the story of A Christmas Carol – the story has been adapted numerous times and these movies are watched by a lot of people each Christmas Admittedly A Christmas Carol was never my favourite Christmas movie I think I watched it once as a child and just didn’t “get it” So I thought it was time to read the story instead and safe to say I really enjoyed it I even went on to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol after with a renewed interest in it and have a feeling I’ll now revisit it annuallyIt’s a great book to get yourself into the Christmas spirit Dickens really excels at creating that atmosphere and the way you feel around the festive period Scrooge’s character development and overall tale of redemption is well executed and he becomes pretty likeable by the end I love how it really represents what Christmas is all about – showing empathy and generosity and generally trying to be a better human Well to be honest that’s how we should be all year around But we all know Christmas is the time that people do show extra compassion towards each other So yeah I really enjoyed A Christmas Carol and would give it 4 starsDickens is known for being “wordy” but thankfully A Christmas Carol does not fall victim to this However the same cannot be said for the other stories and essays found within this edition Oh my godddddd some of them just went on forever and it felt like Dickens was just babbling about a lot of nonsense My eyes were glazing over and I sincerely regretted not just buying the novella on its own Some of the other stories WERE enjoyable though such as The Story of the Goblins who Stole A Sexton However the worst for me was The Haunted Man – actually longer than A Christmas Carol it had me skimming through parts in sheer boredom The stories almost felt repetitive at times as if Dickens was trying to hammer home the same idea over and over again Some kind of spectral being appears and makes you realise what Christmas is really all about I got it So that’s why I’ve rounded down the overall rating to 3 stars