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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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The beloved Christmas classic is skillfully adapted for this simplified introduction to the tale, amplified by large-format art from the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Helquist's artistic style is an excellent match for the Dickensian world of mysterious spirits and spooky graveyards, and the illustrations are full of authentic Victorian details in costumes and settings. The extra ... Read full review

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A Christmas Carol[note 1] is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and the Christmas stories of Washington Irving.
The tale was pirated immediately, was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print,[1] and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.
 

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This is a all start classic to me. Its such a good story about greed and power. The down fall of what those two things can cause. How giving and kindness can change ones life and the world around you. Its just a wonderful story that really makes people think. Everyone should read this.

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I never realized how short this book was! The ability to squeeze such a well developed little tale into so few pages was a pleasure to experience. Its a timeless story that teaches a moral still useful today. That Tiny Tim is a tear jerker. Check out my blog at http://milito-in-adventures.blogspot.com/ 

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A wonderful book. Bravo!

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I read this wonderful masterpiece in my mother tongue(Bulgarian) approximately 3 years ago. I was truly impressed with the author's talent and the vivid description of Victorian London. The Victorian Era was one of the most interesting periods in the human history, but it has many dreadful sides as well. Poverty was one of the biggest problems for the Victorian people. A Christmas Carol shows us all these details deeply and truly, and also tells us about the importance of charity and the Christmas spirit itself. If Dickens was here, I would shake his hand and say a big "Thank you."  

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This is a story about love, forgiveness, and redemption. The original novel is written by an eminent writer, Charles Dickens. The plot reveals that we would become whom we choose to be. However, God’s love is disinterested. Even to such a stingy and selfish fellow, God still offered him an opportunity to thoroughly reform himself. The three Christmas ghosts brought Scrooge to see his Christmas past, present and yet to come. Through the past part, owing to losing his beloved and being isolated by friends, Mr. Scrooge realized how he became a coldhearted person step by step. He filled his empty soul with endless greed and ambition. Only by doing this could he comfort his broken heart. The present ghost showed him how others thought about him, and that they lived in poverty. He even saw his employee’s family willingly pray for his health despite his mean behavior. Furthermore, the future ghost pointed out his lonely death without sympathy from any of his acquaintance. Scrooge awoke on Christmas morning and found himself a new man. He became jolly and charitable, and truly turned into the man he promised to the ghosts he would become. He carried the spirit of Christmas with him all the year round. By the grace of God, Scrooge found his own salvation. The reflections and inspirations prompt me to ponder if I ever neglected my family and friends. Have I provided my help to those who are in need? It says that “He who divides and shares is left with the best share.” Although my ability is limited, I will show my consideration to the people around me as my first step so as to correspond with the spirit of Christmas.  

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A great lesson

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