A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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17 Critic Reviews

But I would say you can always derive great comfort and pleasure from being properly scared, or moved by such brilliant writing. And the final chapter of A Christmas Carol really does warm the heart...You close the book feeling there is hope for a better future – and there is not much that is more comforting than that.
-Guardian

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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of A Christmas Carol includes a Foreword and Biographical Note by Jane Yolen.

Scrooge was a foul old man who wrapped his cold, uncaring heart in chains. Chains of greed. Bigotry. Contempt. Apathy. Selfishness. He detested the world, and was alone. Until the night his long-dead partner Marley appeared.

A hideous spectre forced to walk the earth forever, Marley was damned. As Scrooge would be...unless he agrees to face three ghosts. One would take Scrooge back to the memories he'd buried. One would show Scrooge the world of joy and friendship he'd rejected. One would force Scrooge into the dreadful shadow of the future he'd forged.

Three ghosts of Christmas. Of Christmas Past. Of Christmas Present. Of Christmas Yet to Come. All offering Scrooge a single gift--a chance.
A last chance to give love.
A last chance to join life.

 

About Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.
 
Published December 17, 1843 by Chapman & Hall. 112 pages
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All: 17 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 0

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Lisa O'Kelly on Dec 17 2013

But I would say you can always derive great comfort and pleasure from being properly scared, or moved by such brilliant writing. And the final chapter of A Christmas Carol really does warm the heart...You close the book feeling there is hope for a better future – and there is not much that is more comforting than that.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Faith Draper on Nov 30 2010

A Christmas Carol is a very deep, often depressing, and sometimes frightening book but at the same time is a wonderful Christmas tradition to share with friends and family.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by TylerDFC on Nov 16 2011

Where the novel succeeds so wonderfully is in the writing and dialogue...it is simply a little fable about doing nice things for others...If you have never taken the time to read it, you are doing yourself a disservice...It is a marvelous antidote to the cynicism and commercialization around Christmas

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jan 28 2014

Instead, this story has an engrossing plot, captivating descriptions, and true motifs for moral transformation... This work was, in my opinion, highly enjoyable, and stood out from others...I would recommend this book to those who like fiction, or are intrigued by Scrooge’s transformation as a human being...

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Pascasio JR Felisilda on Dec 08 2010

"The Christmas Carol" should be read every year to remind us and our family about the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of giving. It is a good book to allow us to reflect on our own lives and what we did throughout the year. There is something magical when you can experience "giving back" or charity the way Ebenezer Scrooge was able to...

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on Oct 05 2014

The book’s importance was cemented at Christmas 1852, when Dickens undertook public readings of it...The success of these events led to public readings becoming a major part of his later career...The novella’s short length and strong moral message have ensured that it has become one of Dickens’s most well-known classics.

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Nomad Reader

Good
Reviewed by nomadreader on Jan 03 2011

Two things really struck me as I devoured this gem of a book. First, I loved the way Dickens writes. Somehow, I'm never read Dickens, even though I'm familiar with many of his books...I'm so glad I finally read A Christmas Carol, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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The Lit B***h

Good
Reviewed by The Lit Bitch on Nov 27 2011

This is a charming tale of self redemption, giving, and of course Christmas! While I was not swept away like some with this book, I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone...as I said before there is no Christmas like a Dickens Christmas! Dickens IS Christmas for me and my holiday would not be complete without him.

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Impressions In Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Annette on Dec 17 2012

This is a beloved story. I've never met a person who did not at least feel warm-hearted towards Scrooge's change of heart...This is a story that children and adults both understand and can identify with.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Dec 25 2011

I was humbled and delight by this book. It was a delight to read, as always, and amazing how relevant it is even though it was written way back in the 1800's. That's why they're classics...

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Runyon on Dec 24 2009

I had never read the novella until now, however. It was exactly as I thought it would be; which is to say, if you've seen the movies as often as I have, you know the story well. I felt like I'd read the story before...it was exhilarating. I can see why so many of you choose to read this story every year.

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The Book Lover's Boudoir

Good
Reviewed by pamelascott30 on Feb 05 2013

I thought Dickens’s writing was great. His prose was very rich but simple and exquisitely detailed...I thought A Christmas Carol was great. However, I don’t know if my enjoyment was based solely on Dickens’s writing or the fact I knew the story so well and had seen and loved so many adaptations.

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Dot Scribbles

Above average
Reviewed by Dot on Dec 08 2009

Dickens was inspired by his own childhood experiences and his sympathy for the poor, especially young children...A Christmas Carol really does capture what Christmas is all about, Dickens makes you take stock of who or what you have in your life and reminds you to be thankful for it.

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The Worm Hole

Excellent
on Dec 20 2013

A short story with a firm message, A Christmas Carol is an excellent novella. And the fact that it is from this story that the greeting ‘Merry Christmas’ entered general use makes it more than perfect to read this book during the holiday in which it is set.

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Excellent
Reviewed by beckybentrim on Dec 31 2013

Would I recommend “A Christmas Carol”? Yes – I think it is a must read, if only so you can have a taste of the original story that spawned so many books, movies, and TV episodes. It was enjoyable and I think most people would be able to get through it pretty quickly (it is short for a book). Check it out!!

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Spooky Reads

Good
Reviewed by Will on Dec 21 2011

A Christmas Carol is a must-read book, and not just for fans of supernaturally-charged fiction out there, but for everyone. Few books have had such an impact, and remain so timeless – just take a look at the pages of the popular (and unpopular) press today and so many issues covered by Dickens all that time ago are still relevant today.

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All-Consuming Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Tiger Holland on Apr 26 2011

A Christmas Carol is a pleasure to read...The point of the story is that Scrooge must become the kind of person who brings all that warm, hearty merriness from the inner circle and carries it to those who are in need. He does so beautifully and admirably.

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