A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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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Zoe from Canada
The book is a little bit boring but over all I enjoyed it a lot ..... good thing it is for all age groups.
Sajjar from Pakistan
It was a good book... sweet also but not that entertaining one... I got bored after a while... but won't mind calling it a gothic book.
Jack from England
Pretty boring, but when you spend a cumulative fifty hours or so over the course of the GCSEs, you realise the ingenuity of Charles in the meticulous and possibly coincidental links across the story. Heartwarming, clever, but not entertaining.
Aadya from India
This story is amazing. I love it. I appreciate the creative mind of Charles Dickens.
Riman from India
Good book as it displayed a universal message
Macy from North America
I didn't really like the book because it was boring.
Bev from United Kingdom
I read this book as an 8 year old child, in 1962 and struggled with the tiny print and no pictures but I battled on and loved it. It's a story I have never grown tired of. I loved Dickens' beautiful, descriptive text and remember being a bit scared but too fascinated to stop reading. It's a wonderful story and I'm sure it helped me appreciate Dickens from a very young age.
Will from United States
Great story, short but sweet!
Arnav from India
Lovely book ..... A must read and my favourite book.
Bhupal from India
This book is very nice.
Jas from UK
Love this book!!!!!!!!
Ro from US
I love it! So exciting.
Akshi from India
It's a nice book for children and adults. People from any age group can read it.
Aarohi from India
Amaaazing book loved it the writers have put a lot of effort and it can be seen . Recommend for all of you must read it
Katie from England
Jason from US
It shows me the reason of why I'm nice during Christmas.
Otabek from Uzbekistan
This book is fantastic. I did not once read such a book. And very well written. I loved this book. Thanks to people who wrote this book.
Lana from England
Read this book at school and fell in love with it.
Ethan from US
Awesome book. It tells the meaning of christmas, and christmas spirit
Emery from United States
I really love this book, it’s AMAZING!!
Ahana from India
Awesome novel. A must read for all. Good moral and a captivating book. Liked by all age groups. So, no matter you are old or young its the best book.
Rajshri from India
Enjoyed reading this book... Of course, Dickens never fails to capture our hearts...
Djstar from Micronesia
It is a good book but it is not fulfilling.
Nyasa from India
Too good! I really enjoyed reading it.
Suhana from India
I like it very much I read it 3 times
Manya from India
I love this book this is best book in the world!!!!!!
Apoorva from India
I LOVE THIS BOOK I READ IT 2 TIMES AND I LOVE IT A LOT....
Sahana from India
This is a great book. There is lots of fun reading this book.
Farray from England
Shreeya from India
Great book, I loved it.
Krish from India
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.
Swati from India
Awesome ...... I have enjoyed reading the book a lot.. Love it...
Damean from United States
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/
Lesha from England
A Christmas Carol is the best book 📚 Christmas 🎄 , snow 🏂, and happy 😊 family. All except one ☝️ man , EBENEZER Scrooge.
Astik from Indirapuram
Best book I have ever read.
Vansh from India
Great book. I think this is the best book to make people know how to celebrate Christmas.
Ayushi from India
Amazing book 1 of the best books tht I have ever read.
Madhav Katyal from India
I love it, very nice.
Anonymous from UK
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!
Dalin from India
Thamanna from UK
Superb. I love it.
Farmaan from India
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.
Neully from US
Shanaya from India
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.
8.8/10 from 45 reviews
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