A Christmas Carol: And Two Other Christmas Books (Collector's Library) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2004
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About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth, where his father worked as a clerk. Living in London in 1824, Dickens was sent by his family to work in a blacking-warehouse, and his father was arrested and imprisoned for debt. Fortunes improved and Dickens returned to school, eventually becoming a parliamentary reporter. His first piece of fiction was published by a magazine in December 1832, and by 1836 he had begun his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. He focused his career on writing, completing fourteen highly successful novels, as well as penning journalism, shorter fiction and travel books. He died in 1870.
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This is my first book from the "Collector's Library" and I already know I want more. It was not even meant to be mine; I ordered it meaning to give it away as part of a birthday present to one of my daughter's friends, who was having a party and had let on she had not read this classic tale yet. I am ashamed to say that as soon as I saw it, I knew I was keeping it for myself, for it is a thing of true beauty. It has a beautiful dust jacket, which, when removed, reveals a pretty little boat and golden letters on the spine. The leaves' edges are dipped in gold dust, leaving an imperceptible trace of glitter on your fingers (not much to annoy, but enough to delight) that makes the book feel truly Christmasy! Well done, the Collector's Library. If there ever was an argument for buying "real" (as opposed to "e-") books this festive season, I am holding it! This would be an ideal gift to anyone, who you think might enjoy a bit of the classics this Christmas- and with a price as good as this, you could supplement it with a box of scrumptious chocolates or a good bottle of port and a nice stilton, to give them a real wrap-up in multisensory pleasure.
These things I say as regards the "superficial" aspect. As for the contents, well, they need no introduction. The stories included are "A Christmas Carol" (and who hasn't shivered with pleasure, when they first read the sentence: "Old Marley was as dead as a doornail" in the first paragraph of this indispensable story?Read more ›
He was not. “A Christmas Carol” was a huge success. It didn’t make Dickens much money (he produced a rather elaborately illustrated and bound edition) but it solidified his reputation.
And more than that, in its own way it codified what we might call “cultural Christmas” for generations to come. It was adapted for countless plays, musicals, movies and television programs, and “Scrooge” passed into the English lexicon as a synonym for meanness and miserliness.
Rereading it today, one finds it’s lost none of its charm. The writing is vivid and expressive, almost breathless at times. The characters, even with the familiarity of a story that’s more than 170 years old, come alive in Dickens’ hands. Even having the plot of the visits by the ghost of the dead business partner and the three spirits of Christmas virtually imprinted in our cultural DNA doesn’t prevent the story from seeming fresh and new.
What Dickens could do with language and descriptions still inspires a kind of awe. Here is how the reader comes face-to-face with Ebenezer Scrooge himself:
“But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!Read more ›
I really enjoyed THE CHIMES and THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH. Both of these tales are never quite as good as A Christmas Carol. They have great characters and are fun to read. They compliment A CHRISTMAS CAROL and the three tales sit well together. I don’t think I’d have enjoyed The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth on their own.
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nice little edition of three beautiful Dickens's works. It's always a great pleasure to me to read and reread the works of this great man.Published 2 months ago by dominique bagault
A Christmas gift for my wife, who enjoyed the look and feel of a 'proper' book in her hand. Great.Published 6 months ago by DonGraham
Brilliant set of books. Worth collecting. The one sent was perfect as described.Published 9 months ago by Mr. David Sainty
If you want a book to fit in handbag or pocket yet still feel like a very expensive one, then this is the right choice! Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Elizabeth Bennett