A Christmas Carol, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward. This finest of all Christmas stories is beautifully illustrated with Arthur Rackham's superb line drawings.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853261213

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read it every christmas

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A Christmas Carol is the one classic that almost everyone knows, even if they've never read the book. It's shorter and easier to read than most of Dickens' other books and really is suitable for people of all ages. I loved it as a child and after re-reading it this week for the first time in years, I loved it as an adult too. No matter how many movies, cartoons or TV adaptions you may have seen, it's still worth reading the book for the richness and humour of Dickens' writing and for his wonderful descriptions and imagery. Although some readers might find it too sentimental at times, it's easy to see why this book has become a timeless classic, as it is everything a good Christmas story should be - heartwarming, inspirational and with an important message for us all.

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A victorian morality tale about the old and bitter Ebenezer Scrooge and the profound experience he has one christmas eve. He is visited by three ghosts who tell him that unless he changes his ways he will be doomed.

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I actually read most of this fable whilst simultaneously watching the 1999 film adaptation with Patrick Stewart <i>(Star Trek: Next Generation, X-Men)</i>. <br/><br/>I didn't realise until I read this that some of the humorous bits had passed me by in the adaptations and found myself laughing at Scrooge's <br/>very uncharitable and gloomy nature, and later the reactions to his death. <br/><br/>My absolute favourite character was Scrooge's nephew and his persistent attempts to befriend his uncle, always offering an invitation to Christmas dinner every year. I loved his perceptiveness in observing and understanding Scrooge's behaviour (and taking it without offence). It was spot on.<br/><br/><b>Scrooge:</b> "What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to merry? You're poor enough."<br/><b>Nephew:</b> "What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough."<br/><b>Scrooge:</b> "Bah! Humbug!"<br/><br/>However, the narrative was very wordy so I did resort to skimming quite a bit of the descriptions to get to the good stuff i.e. the dialogue.<br/><br/>It was a good seasonal read to get me in to the spirit of Christmas. <i>'And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!'</i>

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