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A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol
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The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being... show more
The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley's ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts "each in its turn" who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation. The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser's gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes (a joy-filled market of people buying the makings of Christmas dinner, the family feast of Scrooge's near-impoverished clerk Bob Cratchit, a miner's cottage, and a lighthouse among other sites) in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. Scrooge's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be." In the fifth and final stave, Scrooge awakens Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending a prize turkey to the Crachit home for Christmas dinner. Scrooge has become a different man overnight, and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness, and permanence of Scrooge's transformation.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781936594344 (193659434X)
Publisher: Tribeca Books
Pages no: 110
Edition language: English
Series: Christmas Books (#1)
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christinahelselsparks
christinahelselsparks rated it
0.0
Something I enjoy reading over and over.
Lora's Rants and Reviews
Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it
5.0 Finishing tonight
Since this is a re-read, I don't need to write a new review. My old one can be found here: http://loram.booklikes.com/post/1506753/a-christmas-carol I'll be finishing it again tonight so might as well post now and save myself the trouble tomorrow.
Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it
5.0 A Christmas Carol ★★★★★
I love this story so much that I revisit it every year at the start of the holiday season. I love everything about it, from the characters to the story to the writing style. Dickens writes with sly humor, but there is no mistaking the gravity of his argument about the spirit of Christmas and those w...
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it
2.0 A Christmas Carol
I watched and read many adaptations of this short novel but never read the original. The story was OK but the language used by Dickens is just as inaccessible as it was ten years ago.
Jennifer's Books
Jennifer's Books rated it
5.0 (Audiobook) A Christmas Carol
A classic Christmas story, beautifully narrated by the wonderful Tim Curry.
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