A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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Through the intervention of four ghosts, Ebenezer Scrooge is shown the spirit of Christmas.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, c1994.
ISBN: 9780679436393
Branch Call Number: J DICKENS, C.
Characteristics: 155 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rackham, Arthur 1867-1939.


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Jul 30, 2020

A Christmas Carol is a classic novel by Charles Dickens about a grumpy, selfish, melancholy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. He believes homeless people should go to prison or into workhouses. He hates Christmas and is not generous to anyone, even himself. One freezing cold night he is haunted by three Christmas ghosts that will change his life forever. The moral of this book is to be generous to others and enjoy what you have – and also spend time with friends and family. Even though this book was written in 1843, the messages are still relevant today. I rate this book 4.9/5 and recommend it to people who like to read classics. @GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I was forced to read this book because of school but I was glad I was! This book showed how people can change and how we should not judge others. Christmas is not Christmas without this wonderful classic novel. This novel suggests that people should not be so concerned with money. Money is not everything and it certainly did not buy the main character’s happiness. I absolutely loved the author’s way of writing. It was so detailed, and it made me visualize everything perfectly. This was a heartbreaking and heartwarming story at the same time. At first, I hated the main character, he was selfish and cruel. But later, in the book he changed and became a kind man who cared for everyone around him. I watched a lot of movies based on this story but none of them were as great as the book. I recommend this book to the people who like Christmas stories, you are in for a treat! A Christmas Carol is truly a timeless classic and a wonderful novel. This was a short novel, well plotted, easy to follow, beautifully written story. I enjoyed this book a lot, I give it a four out of five. @Nat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 29, 2020

A Christmas Carol is definitely a classic in my opinion, I hear the story every Christmas after all but I found it a little odd. I mean, this is technically a horror story with the spirits and all but it IS about the Christmas spirit and sometimes we have to be scared into using it. It’s not completely scary, there are good spirits like the spirit of the past which shows the protagonist his youthful childhood which he looked back fondly on. It’s a very interesting Christmas story all and all, just a little odd in my opinion. I recommend it to anyone who likes novels with good lessons and happy endings in them. 2/5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 18, 2020

How do you rate a classic that you know inside and out before you've read a single page? It's a hard proposition. It's a fantastic story, but it felt hard to get invested when every important moment is so well-known.

Jan 18, 2020

What a wonderful, timeless classic. This is the first time that I have read the actual novel by Dickens, even though I have seen countless renditions of the story on screen, on tv, and on the stage. Dickens really changed Christmas by writing this morality tale, a fable and a holiday story all in one. Scrooge is such a memorable character that he's become entirely a part of our culture. One of my favorite movies as a child (and still is, let's be honest) is The Muppet Christmas Carol; so how could I give anything less than full marks for the source material? I don't usually reread books, as a rule, but I can see myself rereading this every year. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't read this, please do, as soon as possible. You won't regret it.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Dec 22, 2019

Funny, engaging, didactic, and wholesome, yet without the first sliver of feeling "preachy." Mr. Dickens' writing is lucid and digestible, easily understood, and just as powerful today as I'm sure it was when it was originally written.

What's not to love? There have been countless adaptations of this work, many of them good, many of them not so good, yet to remains what it is: a classic work of fiction, reminding us that Christmastime is a special time of year for all folk. But maybe, just maybe, we should treat people well every other day of the year as well.

May 25, 2019

One of the timeless classics, A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens provides the delight portrayed in the several adaptations seen on TV throughout this holiday season. However, being curious about the original tale, decided to delve into the Ebenezer’s scrooge and his tale of moral transformation. The book is darker than what is shown on TV, focusing on others and their perspective of Scrooge. Their opinions, rather vulgar at times showcase the effects one has on the lives around them. Regardless the tale is still uplifting as scrooge is much more accepting of the moral changes, he needs to undergo faster than what is seen in shows. It is still a very fun read and done exquisitely well by Jim Dale, who has a good voice for woman as well as men. Giving scrooge a rough demeaner but being able to soften him up as the story progressed. Worth a read or re-read to get into the Christmas spirit. Past present or future.

May 21, 2019

An appropriate time to read this classic, just after Christmas.

It comes with more sadness than depicted in the many films of the same name. Scrooge continues to see his deceased business partner Marley which shows that he misses his only friend; but he’s too mean spirited to show it.

Eventually the ghosts of Christmas past show him the light and he gains happiness through giving to others and engaging with them.

We are all social animals and being apart can bring sadness; especially felt during the Christmas period.

bibliosara Apr 10, 2019

Deservedly termed a classic, A Christmas Carol is perhaps not recognized enough for the artistic style Dickens portrays. His choice of words, phrases, and descriptions is incredible. This impressive short story is sentimental, philosophical, and mesmerizing. If you haven't read it already, do.

A timeless classic, readily enjoyable by all, plus several lesser known but still impressive works.

Dec 12, 2018

Being a print shop worker in my young adulthood, but not being a serious student of English literature, I was fascinated by the foreword and introduction. Did not know about Dickens's social activism, nor the speed with which he wrote the story. My only familiarity with Christmas Carol was with the Mr. Magoo cartoon version which, don't get me wrong, carries a message and is very enjoyable. Reading this book took the story to a new level for me. I followed up with watching the 1951 movie starring Alistair Sim. A wonderful mini-immersion in this story.

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Dec 07, 2015

This is a great story to remind the reader of the dangers associated with greed. Also, the idea of family is strongly promoted in "A Christmas Carol." If Scrooge had married Isabelle, what would have happened? The sad thing is Scrooge never was able to rewind the clock and answer that question; however, Dickens was very clever and did this intentionally. He desired the audience to ask this question concerning their own life. This points to a very important concept. The decisions made on a daily basis will have consequences, so it is important to make good decisions. Unfortunately, Scrooge's priorities were messed up and he had to reap the consequences. However, like Scrooge it is never too late to make a change, and what better time than Christmas? What a hopeful, encouraging Christmas tale!

janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

A great story to see how the holiday spirit can change your way of life.


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Sep 21, 2012

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


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