A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books

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OUP Oxford, Sep 14, 2006 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Dickens's A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. It is a ghost story set at Christmastime in which a bad-tempered skinflint learns the error of his ways. Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart. This edition includes all the original illustrations for A Christmas Carol and reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man.. All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim 'to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land'.

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User Review  - eowynfaramir - LibraryThing

This is a very useful edition of Dickens' Christmas Carol because it contains his other Christmas stories and other useful information, such as a chronology, and appendices. This Oxford World's Classics edition also contains a very good introduction and explanatory notes. Highly recommended! Read full review

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User Review  - polarbear123 - LibraryThing

We all know the story but it's still great to read this. Great power and a great moral tale. Haven't read the other Xmas stories in here but I will get round to them in due course. Maybe once every year eh? Read full review

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