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Dickens at Christmas (Vintage Classics)

Dickens at Christmas (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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"Charles Dickens is an indelible part of Yuletide reading" (Guardian)

"Dickens made Christmas a festival of generosity and moved it away from the unpopular religious festival it had been" (Irish Times)

"[A Christmas Carol is] a story which, perhaps more than any other, sums up the spirit of the British Christmas" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Charles Dickens' Christmas stories showed his readers all the magical trappings of the season" (Sunday Express)

Book Description

A selection of the best of Dickens' Christmas stories and writings, in one beautiful hardback edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1080 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XBQH68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens at Christmas 25 Dec 2012
This book is absolutely beautiful to look at both inside and out; there are lovely little pictures at the beginning of each different story within, making the book all the more special. 'Dickens at Christmas' is brilliant because it contains all of Dickens' Christmas stories, as well as the most famous: 'A Christmas Carol'. I love that these stories have all been included in this one fantastic volume as it means lesser known books such as 'The Chimes' and 'The Cricket on the Hearth', for example, can be appreciated by all; before this book they were all quite difficult to get hold of, simply because not many people know of their existence. In total 'Dickens at Christmas' contains 5 Christmas books at about 100 pages each; 4 short stories from 'Household Words'; 2 from 'A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire'; 2 more from 'Another Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire' and finally a 20 page long story taken from Dickens' first novel 'The Pickwick Papers'.
Another reviewer has said they were disappointed at how bleak these seasonal writings are, and perhaps with Dickens this is true, but, in my opinion, he was an absolute genius and there are always morals to be found in the depths of his stories. So, perhaps, Dickens' writings are less gloomy than they would at first seem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great dipper iner 31 Dec 2013
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Thoroughly enjoying this book. Have not read Dickens before but I probably will again. A good present for the Christmas period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different at Christmas 30 Dec 2013
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I belong to a Reading Group and we like to read or recite some Christmas passages at our December meeting. This is an excellent book as it contains all the Christmas short novels and Dicken's Christmas essays. We all enjoyed it especially the essays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas-themed works of Dickens 27 Dec 2012
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Charles Dickens did not necessarily write the most cheerful stories. This is not the book to read if all you want is light entertainment. As with any good author, Dickens wrote stories based on what he observed in real life, even though he disguised those observations as fiction.

Some anthologies include some kind of preface or overview discussing the books. This one doesn't, so it avoids the risk of including spoilers and leaves readers to make up their own minds about the stories.

This book begins with a festive story (about a goblin who stole a sexton) from The Pickwick papers, then presents five books (about 80 to 100 pages each) telling stories that have a Christmas connection (but sometimes tenuous), these being A Christmas carol , The chimes, The cricket on the hearth, The battle of life, and The haunted man and the ghost`s bargain.. Finally, there are eight short stories that Dickens wrote for periodicals, the being A Christmas tree, A Christmas dinner, What Christmas is as we grow older, The seven poor travellers, The poor relation's story, The child's story, The schoolboy's story, and Nobody's story.

Before buying this anthology, the only story that I knew anything about was (you've guessed it) A Christmas carol. The villain of the story is Scrooge, whose name has passed into infamy as a word in the English language, along with other villains such as Boycott and Judas. I had actually forgotten most of what I knew, which was in any case based mostly on a TV dramatization that I'd seen long ago, probably in the sixties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure to keep 27 Dec 2012
By Muse
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This is a well bound and stylish hardback that will keep its appearance and charm for many a year. The book is bound in navy with gold lettering and the cover is charming.

The stories themselves are Dickens' timeless Christmas tales, and a delight to read and narrate to children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Nov 2014
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Bought this as a present. The person who received it was over the moon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Nov 2014
By janet
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Excellent condition
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