A Christmas Carol & Other Stories

Hardcover | September 1, 2013

byCharles Dickens

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A Christmas Carol is a fairly straightforward allegory in which each of the main passages has a fixed symbolic meaning. The three middle chapters, or staves, concern visitations to the central character, Scooge, by spirit-guides, along with each of their tales: the Ghost of Christmas Past represents memory; the Ghost of Christmas Present represents charity, empathy, and the Christmas spirit; and the reaper-like Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come represents the fear of death. Scrooge, with his now infamous ‘Bah Humbug’ attitude, embodies the opposite of all that we feel Christmas spirit should be - greed, selfishness, indifference, and a lack of consideration for one's fellow man. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens hopes to illustrate how self-serving, insensitive people can be converted into charitable, caring, and socially conscious members of society. Warmth, generosity, and overall goodwill, overcome Scrooge's bitter apathy as he encounters and learns from his memory, the ability to empathize, and his fear of death.

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A Christmas Carol is a fairly straightforward allegory in which each of the main passages has a fixed symbolic meaning. The three middle chapters, or staves, concern visitations to the central character, Scooge, by spirit-guides, along with each of their tales: the Ghost of Christmas Past represents memory; the Ghost of Christmas Prese...

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and before he started writing he found employment making boot polish at the age of 12. Having worked in a lawyer's office and teaching himself shorthand he became a proficient reporter of the parliamentary debates in the House of Commons. His first published book was Sketches by Boz in 1836, even though...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:2 × 7 × 5 inPublished:September 1, 2013Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1849310807

ISBN - 13:9781849310802

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic on the inside and the outside! This classic writing of Charles Dickens is bound in a cover that reflects its clean and classic story. The colours and material provide a sense of traditional literature and it excites me to dive in and read it over and over! Plus, it will make a beautiful addition to my bookshelf!
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful edition This edition of A Christmas Carol is a beautiful one to display on the shelf. It has cloth-covered binding and covers with gold lettering and a ribbon bookmark. I'm sure I don't need to review the content of the book. ;)
Date published: 2014-01-13