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Christmas Stories [Hardcover]

Diana Secker Tesdell
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8 Nov 2007
As a literary subject, Christmas has inspired everything from intimate domestic dramas, to fanciful flights of the imagination, and the full range of its expression is represented in this wonderfully engaging collection. Goblins frolic in the graveyard of an early Dickens tale; a love-struck ghost disrupts a country estate in Elizabeth Bowen's 'Green Holly'; devils, witches, Cossacks and peasants cavort in Gogol's 'The Night Before Christmas'. The plight of the less fortunate haunts Chekhov's 'Vanka' and Willa Cather's 'The Burglar's Christmas', but takes a boisterously comic turn in Damon Runyon's 'Dancing Dan's Christmas' and John Cheever's 'Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor'. From Nabokov's intensely moving story of a father's grief in 'Christmas' to Truman Capote's hilarious yet heartbreaking 'A Christmas Memory', from Grace Paley's Jewish girl in the Christmas pageant in 'The Loudest Voice' to the dysfunctional family ski holiday in Richard Ford's 'Creche' - each of the stories is imbued with Christmas spirit of one kind or another, and all are richly and indelibly entertaining.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (8 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841596000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841596006
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of Christmas stories from Christmas past and present.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good product 9 May 2014
By Joanne
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Book was in great condition and a good read. I was looking for something to get me into the Christmas mood and this certainly did it. Contains stories by great authors. Would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely little book with classic stories 6 Dec 2007
By Robert Busko - Published on
Christmas Stories published by Everyman's Pocket Classic contains short stories that have stood the test of time and become classics in their own right. With twenty stories by authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yes the Blue Carbuncle is a Christmas story), Charles Dickens (The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton), Leo Tolstoy (Where Love is, God is), O'Henry (A Chapparal Christmas Gift), Evelyn Waugh (Bella Fleace Gave a Party), or Truman Copote (A Christmas Memory), Christmas Stories is sure to have something for every reader.

Other authors include Nikolai Gogol (The Night Before Christmas), Anthony Trollope (Christmas at Thompson Hall), Anton Chekhov (Vanka), Willa Cather (The Burglar's Christmas), Saki[H. H. Munro](Rginald's Christmas Revel), Vladimir Nabokov (Christmas), Damon Runyon (Dancing Dan's Christmas), Elizabeth Bowen (Green Holly), John Cheever (Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor), John Updike (The Carol Sing), Muriel Spark (Christmas Fugue), Grace Paley (The Loudest Voice), Alice Munro (The Turkey Season), and finally Richard Ford (Creche).

Comedy, suspense, or a touch of the emotional, it's all here.

If you want a book to carry with you on your holiday travels to fill in quieter momemts, Christmas Stories is the book for you. This would also make a terrific gift for anyone who loves the season. What a wonderful story collection.

33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not all great stories-what a shame 2 Jan 2008
By Margaret J. Bailey - Published on
I was going to purchase a second copy for my mother..until I read the last few stories. What a shame Diane Tesdell felt the need to include from Muriel Sparks' to Richard Fords' stories(not in the spirit of Christmas at all;Fords' was a true disappointment). The earlier stories(up to & including Truman Capote's)were wonderful;the rest,mediocre,and even nasty.Everything nowadays just has to meet a low "common" denominator,instead of aspiring to greatness!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Compilation, 13 Jan 2011
By William Jorth - Published on
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I love Capote's "A Christmas Memory" so I was willing to pay the price just for that one, but I got a whole set of great stories in the package. This is a handsome hard back, smaller than some of the ostentatious holiday compilations on the market. It is a very nice format. It is a little treasure for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Christmas short stories ever! 11 Dec 2011
By Maria - Published on
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This collection has the best short story authors, such as Tolstoy and Capote. I originally bought it because I wanted one particular story and was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the collection. I am giving it as a gift this year.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bah, Humbug! 13 Dec 2009
By Francis M. Schiraldi - Published on
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Every home that celebrates Christmas deserves an anthology of beloved holiday stories that enrich the season. This is not it. Despite the nostalgic cover and the ribbon marker, this rather unpleasant collection lacks most of the familiar and seems to focus on the morbid and depressing. Probably more suited to the jaded and cynical reader, don't buy this one if you are looking for an abridged version of 'A Christmas Carol' to read aloud or 'The Night Before Christmas.' You would do better to buy 'The Kingfisher Book of Christmas Stories' of Michael Hague's Christmas Treasury, or try to buy Tasha Tudor's 'Take Joy' on the secondary market. By all means, save your money and avoid this one. Have a Merry Christmas and, as Tiny Tim observed, 'God Bless us, everyone!'
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