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Three Ghost Stories

Three Ghost Stories [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

About the Author

Charles Dickens's early childhood was happy until his father was imprisoned for debt. The 12-year-old Dickens then began working ten-hour days in a boot-blacking factory pasting labels on the jars of thick polish. The shocking conditions of the factory made a profound impression on him. His anger at his situation and at the conditions endured by working-class people became major themes in his fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 145 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1600964206
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008479PJS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who edited this thing ? 15 Jan 2011
By Roger
Format:Kindle Edition
Two of the stories in this collection (The Signalman and The Trial For Murder) are, as you might expect of a Dickens ghost story, beautiflly told and well plotted (with a twist in the tale of each naturally), and there is barely a spare word here to interfere with the progress of the narrative. The third part of the colelction, 'The Haunted House' is a real oddity though. It just seems disjointed, as though Dickens got half way though and couldn't quite figure out how to finish it. Well, that didn't him, so I did some research, and I now blame whoever edited this collection: what we have here is part one and part seven of a portmanteau of stories originally published in a magazine in 1859, in which five other authors (including Mrs. Gaskell and Wilkie Collins) contributed the other parts. However, those parts are - disappointingly - missing here (they are available free elsewhere on the web).

I'd urge you to download this little collection anyway though: you do get two cracking bits of Dickens for free after all.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two out of Three Ain't Bad 6 Oct 2010
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The stories contained in this collection are The Signalman, The Haunted House, and The Trial For Murder. Leaving aside the Kindle edition for now, the first story is a famous classic, and in my view one of the finest ghost stories ever written. It has been anthologised many times, and deservedly so, so you may find it in a collection if you find the other two not to your taste. The second story, The Haunted House, is the real weakest link. It begins quite promisingly, Chapter One being devoted to the narrator and his household moving into a reputedly haunted house, the problems they experience with staff and finally their replacing the servants with a house-party of volunteers intent on solving the problems of the place. They vow only to speak of any paranormal experience at a gathering on the final night of their stay. The second chapter is devoted to the narrator's experience in what was a child's room, in which is related a tale of that child's schooldays. It's a fairly good story, and has also been anthologised as a stand-alone story. But it ends rather abruptly, and so does the Haunted House narrative, without no resolution or continuation. I don't know if the author died before completion, but it reads as if it were meant to contain several stories from the house party, and was terminated after just this one for some reason. Nor is any of it really a ghost story. The final one, Trial For Murder, is, and has also seen publication in anthology form. A predictable story, it holds its own on the basis of the author's descriptive talents rather than the plot. Personally I'm looking for either a decent anthology with the first and last tales, or to find them as one-offs, since I don't feel like giving Kindle room to the second, but others may like it better.
As for the Kindle formatting, it is pretty good, with only a very small number of typos which don't detract from it, and there is an interactive contents page so you can jump to any story of the three.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy classic 24 April 2012
By Shaun
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I got this partly because it was free and partly due to the fact that I had never read Dickens, and not read a ghost story for some years. This was a nice introduction to Dickens, and a welcome return to a genre I have left for way too long.
The stories are not over long, and are entertaining and at times, downright odd. The story of the haunted house gets downright bizarre and reminded me of HP Lovecraft at times.

Given it's free and its Dickens - you can't really go wrong
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 goodies + a disappointment 10 Oct 2013
By tsd
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This is the spooky Dickens at his classic best in two cases (The Signalman and The Trial for Murder, but spoiled by The Haunted House, which I'm sure had satirical relevance in its day, but which came across as long and boring. Still, 2 out of 3 ain't bad!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites 31 July 2011
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The Signalman is one of the finest ghost stories I have ever read. truly atmospheric and chilling on a dark winter evening...
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I cannot review this item as it has not arrived in the kindle that was a present for a friend. Why I don't know
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Bought this chiefly for "The Signalman". The BBC adaptation was the closest reproduction I have seen and it is impossible to read the story without conjuring up the images of that play.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 17 Jun 2014
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Three short ghost stories to be found here. The Signalman and Trial for Murder are both excellent. The Haunted House veers off into abstract territory and ends weakly. In a rare occurrence the BBC adaptation of the Signalman is better than this story and well worth watching. Most enjoyable if one fancies a little Dickens without having to give up weeks of one's life.
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