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Christmas Stories (The Oxford Illustrated Dickens) - Community Reviews back

by Charles Dickens, Margaret Lane
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Blog of love, inspiration & kindness
Blog of love, inspiration & kindness rated it 8 months ago
Many years ago when I was just a youngster who was lost in the world and knew nothing, I turned on our very small grey-colored television set that was based in our living room, and saw the character of Ebenezer Scrooge for the very first time in a Muppet Movie. Back then, I didn't actually understan...
Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog
Christmas writings seem to often be drenched in nostalgia - even T.S. Eliot succumbed to it with The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Dylan Thomas is another example. Dickens is no exception, with additional syrupy sentimentalism and overt Christian evangelism mixed with supernatural elements. Other ...
Sarah (I like big books and I cannot lie)
So this contains a lot of Dickens’ not-so-well-known shorter works, published in the Christmas numbers of his publications, All The Year Round (which he amusingly refers to in “Somebody’s Luggage”) and Household Words. The first four are kind of weird (see individual notes below). Just when the stor...
michael
michael rated it 7 years ago
The Christmas Books, while not always being set during the festive season, each exemplify some aspect of the spirit of charity and "goodwill to all men" that Dickens felt so important in the celebration of Christ's birth, and which he did so much to forge into what is now seen as "a traditional Chri...
Raging Biblioholism
Raging Biblioholism rated it 7 years ago
I genuinely liked the short essays/stories better than the novellas (including "A Christmas Carol") - although all of the stories show Dickens at his best, perhaps because he was most engaged and free to write however he pleased. The tales are more fantastical than his other writings and that free ...
Paperback Castles
Paperback Castles rated it 7 years ago
"A Christmas Carol" is of course worthy of five stars, but as this is a review of the entire volume as a whole, I have settled on four stars.You can't say "Christmas" without saying "Dickens". It is an undying rule, and also a tribute to how great a writer Dickens truly was. How he managed to captur...
Book Candy
Book Candy rated it 7 years ago
Oh, Dickens... you've done it again. Pulling at my heartstrings during this special time of year, Christmas. I'm so glad I decided to read this during the Holiday. You see, I'm always left with a bad feeling during Christmas because it makes me so neurotic. Cleaning, shopping, making food, parties, ...
Daphne (Winged Reviews)
Daphne (Winged Reviews) rated it 9 years ago
Wonderful story, but this edition was mixed in with a lot of other not so great stories by Dickens. I prefer Great Expectations any day.
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