A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. It is one of the best know and most loved Christmas tales ever written in English. It tells the story of a bitter old miser name... d Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
"Jeg elsker simpelthen dette juleeventyr! "
"QUOTE: "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future." This christmas I decided to read some books that would get me in the right christmas spirit, so of course I had to read A Christmas Carol. It is the christmas book in my opinion. I'm sure everybody knows the story of Mr. Scrooge and how he changes his life after having been visited by the spirits of christmas past, present and future. The story has been printed in various different editions and has been made into a billion movie adaptions - this year I watched the 2009 Disney version. There is just no getting around this christmas classic. I love the timelessness of the story. It is really a universal story of how life is too short for being cheap, rude, materialistic, grumpy etc. And of course it is also a story of appreciating christmas, being generous and thinking about the people who have less than yourself. I always want to cry after reading and/or watching this classic because it touches something deep inside my heart. The narrator of the story is really entertaining. I like the fact that we are being told a story by a person who is not Scrooge, because then it really feels like a christmas story. I also love that the narrator makes funny comments like the one below: QUOTE: Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. I bought the Penguin Christmas Classic edition of this book, and I just love it. It is such a beautiful book! The illustrations both in the book and on the cover are perfect, and I really like the pretty shiny features on the cover. BEAUTIFUL! So if you are looking for a book to get you into the right Christmas mood, this is definitely the book! Even though you probably already know the story from beginning to end, there is something really nice and christmassy about reading the story for yourself. QUOTE: "Ghost of the Future!" he exclaimed, "I fear you more than any Spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear your company, and do it with a thankful heart.""
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