A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Book - 2008
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Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.

With a light-hearted introduction by bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, creator of the highly successful Alex Rider novels, most recently Snakehead .
Publisher: London : Penguin Group, 2008.
ISBN: 9780141324524
Branch Call Number: FIC Dicke
Characteristics: vi, 125 pages : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Peppé, Mark

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A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After the visits Scrooge is transformed from being a miser into being kinder and more generous.


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ProblemPatcher
May 25, 2019

One of the timeless classics, A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens provides the delight portrayed in the several adaptations seen on TV throughout this holiday season. However, being curious about the original tale, decided to delve into the Ebenezer’s scrooge and his tale of moral transformation. The book is darker than what is shown on TV, focusing on others and their perspective of Scrooge. Their opinions, rather vulgar at times showcase the effects one has on the lives around them. Regardless the tale is still uplifting as scrooge is much more accepting of the moral changes, he needs to undergo faster than what is seen in shows. It is still a very fun read and done exquisitely well by Jim Dale, who has a good voice for woman as well as men. Giving scrooge a rough demeaner but being able to soften him up as the story progressed. Worth a read or re-read to get into the Christmas spirit. Past present or future.

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glenneaton
May 21, 2019

An appropriate time to read this classic, just after Christmas.

It comes with more sadness than depicted in the many films of the same name. Scrooge continues to see his deceased business partner Marley which shows that he misses his only friend; but he’s too mean spirited to show it.

Eventually the ghosts of Christmas past show him the light and he gains happiness through giving to others and engaging with them.

We are all social animals and being apart can bring sadness; especially felt during the Christmas period.

bibliosara Apr 10, 2019

Deservedly termed a classic, A Christmas Carol is perhaps not recognized enough for the artistic style Dickens portrays. His choice of words, phrases, and descriptions is incredible. This impressive short story is sentimental, philosophical, and mesmerizing. If you haven't read it already, do.

A timeless classic, readily enjoyable by all, plus several lesser known but still impressive works.

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MT60
Dec 12, 2018

Being a print shop worker in my young adulthood, but not being a serious student of English literature, I was fascinated by the foreword and introduction. Did not know about Dickens's social activism, nor the speed with which he wrote the story. My only familiarity with Christmas Carol was with the Mr. Magoo cartoon version which, don't get me wrong, carries a message and is very enjoyable. Reading this book took the story to a new level for me. I followed up with watching the 1951 movie starring Alistair Sim. A wonderful mini-immersion in this story.

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dixiedog
Dec 04, 2018

Charles Dickens - `A Christmas Carol, ` illustrated by P. J. Lynch was a very quick and enjoyable read. This has to among the best of the best Classics.
It awakened my desire to watch again the Classic 1951 film on DVD starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge; it almost certainly has to be considered as the very best. However, I also consider `The Muppets Christmas Carol` (1992 film) with Michael Caine to be a treasure as well as the original - A Christmas Carol (1938 film) version starring Reginald Owen. Recommended by Senior-Doctor-at-bass-fishing. D. A.

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rrobichaud65
Mar 07, 2017

Over the past few years, I have pick up a copy of the Christmas Carol and read it over the holiday season. In a country that has so much and at the same time, a growing class of those that have less and less, Dickens' classic story of rebirth of one man's humanity through a Yuletide haunting brings forth the true meaning of the holiday. As many already know, the proverbial "proof is in the pudding" that the book is a much richer telling of the story than any movie portrayal. When the days start to get shorter and the last leaves on the trees has fallen, pick up a copy of the Christmas Carol to enrich your holiday celebration. Just make sure to leave a copy for me.

DIckens' classic tale reminds us that no matter how far removed from the Christmas spirit we are, there's always hope. Recommended by James

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cucho_cat
Dec 20, 2015

Have you heard about Tiny Tim? Well, here's the origin of him. I have read, heard and seen many mentions or characters or even jokes using him, so it was a great surprise and pleasure to meet him finally!...
This is the book to read before X'mas, for sure!

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VV17
Dec 07, 2015

"A Christmas Carol" is one of the best pieces of classic literature ever written! The plot is meaningful and encouraging; also, the characters are memorable and well developed. While it is easy to simply watch the film every year, reading the book is also a great Christmas tradition to adopt. This story is sure to make the audience cry and laugh as they walk through life with Scrooge. This is a must read story for both young and old! Charles Dickens' masterful storytelling skills combined with his keen awareness for identifying a societal problem are at their best in "A Christmas Carol!"

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VV17
Dec 07, 2015

This is a great story to remind the reader of the dangers associated with greed. Also, the idea of family is strongly promoted in "A Christmas Carol." If Scrooge had married Isabelle, what would have happened? The sad thing is Scrooge never was able to rewind the clock and answer that question; however, Dickens was very clever and did this intentionally. He desired the audience to ask this question concerning their own life. This points to a very important concept. The decisions made on a daily basis will have consequences, so it is important to make good decisions. Unfortunately, Scrooge's priorities were messed up and he had to reap the consequences. However, like Scrooge it is never too late to make a change, and what better time than Christmas? What a hopeful, encouraging Christmas tale!

janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

A great story to see how the holiday spirit can change your way of life.

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becker
Sep 21, 2012

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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