A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Rating 9.6/10
The novella’s strong moral message have ensured it has become one of Dickens most well-know classics

Ghosts and Goodwill in the ultimate Christmas story. It is Christmas Eve in Victorian London, and all around the snow-covered city people are rushing home to be with their families. All except one man, that is: Ebenezer Scrooge. A wealthy old miser whose only joy in life is money, Scrooge decides to spend the evening counting his cash, rejecting seasonal goodwill with well-practiced cries of ‘Bah! Humbug!’

But this Christmas Eve there are some surprises in store for old Scrooge. While his poor and put-upon employee Bob Cratchit prepares the finest family feast his paltry wages can buy, Scrooge’s sleep is disturbed by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. In one short night they reveal more to him about his true character than he has ever realised himself. As Christmas Day dawns, Scrooge is forced to confront the spectre of his own mean existence.

A Christmas Carol was published in December 1843, at a time when medieval Christmas traditions were in steady decline. Indeed, Dickens’s heart-warming tale has been seen as a major turning point; the popularity of its lamp-lit setting and its diverse characters – from the wonderfully wicked Scrooge to the crippled but optimistic Tiny Tim – helped ensure that family unity and ‘goodwill to all men’ once more became the appropriate sentiments of the Christmas season. At the same time, Dickens used the poverty-stricken Cratchit family’s dependence on hard-hearted Scrooge to highlight the Victorian working class’s daily struggle against the indifference of the greedy.

The book’s importance was cemented at Christmas 1852, when Dickens undertook public readings of it before both educated and working-class audiences. The success of these events led to public readings becoming a major part of his later career, usually featuring A Christmas Carol. The novella’s short length and strong moral message have ensured that it has become one of Dickens’s most well-known classics.

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1812, the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, struggled financially and as a result the Dickens family found themselves almost constantly on the move. The dire situation culminated in John being sent to a debtors’ prison and twelve-year-old Charles being sent to work at a London blacking factory, sticking labels onto jars of boot polish. Dickens’s difficult childhood had an enormous influence on the subjects he later tackled and his experience of both poverty and prison would reappear throughout his novels, particularly in David Copperfield (1850) and Great Expectations (1861).

After eventually returning to his education, Dickens became a newspaper reporter. He indulged his passion for writing humorous sketches under the nickname ‘Boz’, and his first publication, Sketches by Boz, appeared in 1836. Its serialisation earned him acclaim and popularity, and led to further publishing commissions. Dickens’ best loved books include Oliver Twist (1839), A Christmas Carol (1843) and A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Acutely observed characters and a witty but brutally satirical depiction of Victorian society remain his trademarks.

Dickens and his wife Catherine had ten children but their unfulfilling marriage ended in separation. He travelled widely and eventually moved to Kent, England, where he died in 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, incomplete. He is buried in London’s Westminster Abbey.

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from England

10-stars

Great book!

from India

10-stars

Great book, I loved it.

from India

9-stars

Excellent book... completely telling the meaning of Christmas... must read it or at least see it... but the fun is only when u read it.

from India

10-stars

Awesome ...... I have enjoyed reading the book a lot.. Love it...

from United States

10-stars

I really love this book. It has become almost canon for the Christmas season for me. I have always adored the story itself and fell even more in love with it a number of years ago when I was old enough to appreciate the book. Scrooge's evolution throughout the story is something that I think the reader can be shocked by at times. Particularly the first time we see this harsh miser shed a tear for the boy he used to be. I could go on about this for days. I recently reviewed the book for my online book club, where I discuss the possibility that this is a gothic novel. Here is the link for anyone who may be interested. https://dameanmathews.com/2016/12/31/a-christmas-carol-by-charles-dickens/

from England

1-stars

A Christmas Carol is the best book 📚 Christmas 🎄 , snow 🏂, and happy 😊 family. All except one ☝️ man , EBENEZER Scrooge.

from Indirapuram

10-stars

Best book I have ever read.

from India

9-stars

Great book. I think this is the best book to make people know how to celebrate Christmas.

from India

10-stars

Amazing book 1 of the best books tht I have ever read.

from India

9-stars

I love it, very nice.

from UK

10-stars

A wonderful book I think everyone should read. The point of the story is good as well that everyone can change for the better. A must have read. AWESOME!

from India

10-stars

GREAT

from UK

10-stars

Superb. I love it.

from India

8-stars

Charles dickens has something new in the book and the poor family he describes still live happily. Despite the man of the family lives under the fear of Ebenzer Scrooge. Another thing that surprises me is that in the story the main charecter is a rich man.

from US

10-stars

Awesome.

from India

10-stars

I had read The Christmas Carol when I was in the fifth standard. I have enjoyed reading the book a lot and would advise everybody to read it as it is a fantastic story book. It was my favourite book during my childhood and now even my children love reading it.

9.2/10 from 17 reviews

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