A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Book - 2006
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A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763631208
Branch Call Number: jFICTION Dickens
Characteristics: 156 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lynch, Patrick James - Illustrator


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Jan 18, 2020

How do you rate a classic that you know inside and out before you've read a single page? It's a hard proposition. It's a fantastic story, but it felt hard to get invested when every important moment is so well-known.

Jan 18, 2020

What a wonderful, timeless classic. This is the first time that I have read the actual novel by Dickens, even though I have seen countless renditions of the story on screen, on tv, and on the stage. Dickens really changed Christmas by writing this morality tale, a fable and a holiday story all in one. Scrooge is such a memorable character that he's become entirely a part of our culture. One of my favorite movies as a child (and still is, let's be honest) is The Muppet Christmas Carol; so how could I give anything less than full marks for the source material? I don't usually reread books, as a rule, but I can see myself rereading this every year. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't read this, please do, as soon as possible. You won't regret it.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Dec 22, 2019

Funny, engaging, didactic, and wholesome, yet without the first sliver of feeling "preachy." Mr. Dickens' writing is lucid and digestible, easily understood, and just as powerful today as I'm sure it was when it was originally written.

What's not to love? There have been countless adaptations of this work, many of them good, many of them not so good, yet to remains what it is: a classic work of fiction, reminding us that Christmastime is a special time of year for all folk. But maybe, just maybe, we should treat people well every other day of the year as well.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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