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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (Paperback)

A Christmas Carol (Paperback)

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Published by HarperCollins Publishers

80 pages

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0064436063

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9780064436069)

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The eternal tale for Christmas-time.

 

A Christmas Carol,  

Charles Dickens,  

Christmas,  

Ebenezer Scrooge,  

Tiny Tim,  

ghosts,  

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A Christmas Carol is the story of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and .. More details A Christmas Carol is the story of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
Dickens divides the book into five chapters, which he labels "staves", that is, "(song) stanzas".
The tale begins on Christmas Eve in the 1840's, exactly seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave 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 (so that he may avoid a miserable afterlife like him), Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts; each in its turn, and each visit detailed in a separate stave, 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 Cratchit 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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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of his most celebrated works. It is a moral based story, with a strong flavor of fantasy that appeals to all his followers. Mr.. More details A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of his most celebrated works. It is a moral based story, with a strong flavor of fantasy that appeals to all his followers. Mr. Scrooge, the protagonist, a classic grumpy old man who does absolutely no good, and does not think anything of Christmas Day, is visited by his dead partner’s ghost one night. Marley, who has been dead for the past seven years, comes to warn Scrooge about changing his ways or else he will be doomed in his afterlife.

The rest of the story has Mr. Scrooge visited by three other ghosts, one of each - Christmas past, present and future. Scrooge is sent on a journey to self – amelioration as he is left with the option to make the right decision about the change required.

In just a few pages, simple language and a classic style, Dickens once again draws readers from all age groups to this insightful tale.
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One cannot talk about Christmas literature without mentioning A Christmas Carol. This Dickens classic is credited with reviving the traditional customs of the holiday in .. More details One cannot talk about Christmas literature without mentioning A Christmas Carol. This Dickens classic is credited with reviving the traditional customs of the holiday in Britain and America. It also gave us two of the most enduring literary characters of all times – Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
The character of Scrooge is believed to be modeled on the dual personality of Dickens’ father. Scrooge is a miserly loner, with no concept of happiness whatsoever. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by 3 apparitions, each signifying a different time-period – the Past, Present and Future. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge back to the time when he was an innocent child, appreciating the small things in life. The Ghost of Christmas present takes him to the house of his under-paid employee, who is making merry with his family despite their financial constraints. The plight of the youngest member of the family, Tiny Tim, touches the hardened heart of Scrooge. The Ghost of the Christmas Future takes Scrooge to his grave, which is cold and unattended by anyone, signifying that he would die alone if he didn’t mend his ways. How these visions affect Scrooge is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
This story of human transformation touched a chord with the masses to such an extent that ‘Scrooge’ became a metaphor for miserly people, and Tiny Tim’s ‘God Bless us everyone’ is quoted world-over even today.
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This is actually my very favorite Christmas story of all time! More details This is actually my very favorite Christmas story of all time! Hide details
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I remember there was I time when I used to gobble up any book by Dickens. Having started with an abridged version of Great Expectations at 5, I knew I'd love all of his b.. More details I remember there was I time when I used to gobble up any book by Dickens. Having started with an abridged version of Great Expectations at 5, I knew I'd love all of his books. And this holds true. Except for this one. I have loved almost everything that I have read. And I found this one to be too dark, too ominuous coming from a man who gave me Pip, Nell, David Copperfield and so many other characters who cheered me no matter how grave their lives.

I started reading this book while recovering from the annual disease called "Final Semester Exams" and boy did I regret my choice. Eighty pages into this one and I was getting bogged down by the all-pervading gloom of the story. Maybe if I had progressed further, I'd have liked it. Maybe if I pick it up again, I'll like what I read.

This doesn't really qualify as a review of the book, but rather as a review of the reading experience I gleamed from those few pages.
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