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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
By: (1812-1870)

“A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, biting, clutching, covetous old sinner” is hardly hero material, but this is exactly what makes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens such an unforgettable book and its hero, Ebenezer Scrooge such an extraordinarily enduring character.

In the book's celebrated opening scene, on the night before Christmas the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing cold counting house, oblivious to the discomfort of his shivering young assistant Bob Cratchit. Scrooge is unremittingly rude to relatives and visitors alike who drop in to convey their Christmas greetings or ask for a contribution to charity. Scrooge returns to his equally chilly mansion where he has an extraordinary supernatural experience. The spirit of his dead partner, Marley appears recounting tales of eternal suffering that he is condemned to endure because of the mean and uncharitable deeds that Marley did when he was alive. Marley informs Scrooge that three other supernatural visitors will make their appearance over the next three nights. The rest of the book traces the events that happen when these three otherworldly beings visit Scrooge.

The book has five chapters, which the writer called “staves” referring to musical notation in which five horizontal lines and four spaces represent musical pitch. Published in 1843, the book went on to receive immense appreciation for its deeply emotional quality, touching scenes, wonderful characterization and Dickens himself felt the book's central ideas of charity, kindness, compassion, love and generosity were what set it apart from contemporary fiction of the time. It also took the theatrical world by storm and three productions went on stage simultaneously in 1844 with Dickens' blessings. Since then it has been extensively adapted for film, radio and television and took on the proportions of a Christmas tradition even during Dickens' lifetime itself. Endless spinoffs in literature, drama and popular literature keep this tale alive even today. Walt Disney's Unca Scrooge is inspired by it and today, the word “Scrooge” has become synonymous with miserliness.

A Christmas Carol's enduring appeal lies in its heart rending appeal to help those living in impoverished conditions. The highly sentimental and touching pictures of Christmas celebrated in homes where festivities cannot coexist with grinding poverty, told in typical Dickensian style, make it both a literary masterpiece and a plea for social reform. But all is not gloom and doom —there are brilliant flashes of humor, memorable characterization and a deep understanding of human nature. As with all Dickens' works, this one too is peculiarly suited to being read aloud, especially when the family gathers round a cozy fire on Christmas Eve!


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 14, 2015
Subject: Review
Hmmmmm... It's a wonderful story from Charles dickens. The main narrator does a wonder job and so does the Bob Cratchet reader. But the rest are out of this league! Short and sweet.
Reviewer: - December 10, 2014
Best book ever! I feel like the ghost of christmas past.
Reviewer: - December 4, 2014
Subject: Loved it
I had never gotten an interest in this story though it was on every year at my house I was very upset because I would rather read something more exciting but after reading and discussing and answering questions left and right but as I got more into depth my spark was ignited with this book I found a meaning behind the meaningless images
Reviewer: - December 2, 2014
Subject: pretty good
Good book from the middle and end but the first few pages where bad.
Reviewer: - November 19, 2014
Subject: great book
good book. i really liked all the acting except for the ghost of christmas past. The audiobook made it easier to understand.
Reviewer: - November 11, 2014
Subject: RELA Dude
PURE EPICNESS!!!
Reviewer: - July 28, 2014
Subject: Christmas Carol
Excellent!
Reviewer: - December 13, 2013
Subject: Great Christmas Read!
I really loved the voice acting! Except for the Ghost of Christmas Past, all the characters were very convincing. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a heart warming Christmas tale.
Reviewer: - December 8, 2013
Subject: From The Heart
I just hated the Ghost of Christmas Past's voice.
Otherwise, great book.
Reviewer: - August 23, 2013
Subject: Great
Wonderful Book!


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