Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol has had significant influence on our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and the season as a time for celebration, and charity.The story tells of sour, stingy, miser Ebenezer Scrooge, whose name is now synonymous with greed and parsimony, believes Christmas to be "humbug." Refusing to donate any of his ...
Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol has had significant influence on our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and the season as a time for celebration, and charity.The story tells of sour, stingy, miser Ebenezer Scrooge, whose name is now synonymous with greed and parsimony, believes Christmas to be "humbug." Refusing to donate any of his fortune to the poor, and states "I don't make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry." The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. However A Christmas Carol has proved one of his most well loved works. Written and published in early Victorian Era Britain, a period when there was both strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions and an initiation of new practices such as Christmas trees and greeting cards.Dickens's 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. The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism.It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness
Books were in excellent condition. Dickens has always been a good Christmas story. Tells of times past that were hard times.
Jul 14, 2014
Fast shipping and better than described!very satisfied.
Jun 12, 2008
This is a combo book and recording of a dramatization of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" with a cast led by narrator Charles Laughton and orchestral music written by Frank Worth. When I was growing up we had an ancient copy of this with two 78 RPM records - it was scratchy but we loved listening to it and following along with the book and the beautiful artwork, every Christmas. It's abridged from the original, certainly, only about 16 minutes long, total (4 minutes a side!), but the emotion of Laughton's voice is the reason to listen to it. The reason I came across this listing was that I was transferring those old 78s to a CD, and was curious if it is available. This is the only reference to this recording I could find. This is a gem!
Oct 18, 2007
This is a great family friendly book to read around christmas. A valuable lesson is taught in the novel. This story of redemption is great for children. However with a sick child, ghosts, and Scrooge being threatened with death, some children might be afraid if you read the story to them.
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