A Christmas Carol

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Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1843
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,449 / 87 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 38,340
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Origin: gutenberg.org

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

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as that, instead of using his familiar weapons, then indeed he would have roared to lusty purpose. The owner of one scant young nose, gnawed and mumbled by the hungry cold as bones are gnawed by dogs, stooped down at Scrooge's keyhole to regale him with a Christmas carol: but at the first sound of

`God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!'

Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action, that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost.

At length the hour of shutting up the counting- house arrived. With an ill-will Scrooge dismounted from his stool, and tacitly admitted the fact to the expectant clerk in the Tank, who instantly snuffed his candle out, and put on his hat.

`You'll want all day to-morrow, I suppose?' said Scrooge.

`If quite convenient, sir.'

`It's not convenient,' said Scrooge, `and it's not fair. If I was to stop you half-a-crown for it, you'd think yourself ill-used, I'll be bound?'


Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****

I'd like to give that book a try too some time.
I published a book about Christmas Carols. But this one is actually a Songbook called Heartfelt Carols. And its main feature is that all the music scores were specially formatted to be easily read on Kindles, and other tablets. You can find samples at heartfeltsongs.com

M Sly Parker

This review`s for newcomers to Dickens. 1st, a Christmas Carol is a novella, so you are picking the right story to acquaint yourselves. DICKENS WAS A MASTER OF TWISTING STORY-LINES TOGETHER, HOWEVER, IN THIS STORY SCENES WILL OVERLAP: FOR INSTANCE, SOME OF THE FINAL SCENES ARE CONNECTED BY A GROUP OF THEIVES. HIS WRITING OCCASIONALLY GETS SO DRIVEN WITH PLOT AND EMOTION THAT HE SKIPS IMPORTANT SEGWAYS THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED THE READER. FOR INSTANCE, IN HIS FAMOUS "Best of Times ... WORST OF Times" intro to A Tale of Two Cities. IN A Christmas Carol, you will notice some of this in the vagueness of the aforementioned scene with the theives.

There are some well-used lines in this book, popular to many productions including the CGI Robert Zemekis version with Jim Carey, and the Muppet Version with Michael Caine. "Bah Humbug" is one. Another is Tiny Tim`s near the end.

It has a related theme to the Christian message: We`re here on Earth to serve each other.

The best part of this novella of cours


A classic that cannot be denied. Excellent!!

Wayne Goode

There are two versions of this classic at manybooks.net. Which one should you choose?

Manybooks has two versions because Project Gutenberg has two versions. The first version is based on an 1843 edition of the book. It is Project Gutenberg etext 45, one of the first ebooks added.

The second book is based on an edition published in 1905 with illustrations and a short introduction by George Williams. It is Project Gutenberg etext 19337. The Project Gutenberg version has one color illustration and four black & white illustrations. However, these are not included in the manybooks version. Both versions of the book at manybooks have one image included, a color image of the book cover. This is based on the Mobipocket format of the book. The other versions may be different.

Since, the illustrations are missing, the only real difference in the manybooks versions of the book is that the 1905 version has a short introduction and better formatting of the chapter titles, or ‘staves’ as Dickens called them. So, between the two versions, I recommend the 1905 edition. Or, if you want it with the five illustrations, download it from Project Gutenberg. You will need to convert it to your preferred format yourself, though.

This is the 1843 edition, so I recommend that you download the other version instead.

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