Christmas Stories and Related Tales: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth

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Good Christmas Stories and Related Tales: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth By Charles Dickens Michael Wilson is a Book Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from. The perfect gift and coffee table book for the readers on your list After the year 1843 the one literary work which Dickens never neglected was to furnish a Christmas story for his readers and it is due in some measure to the help of these stories, brimming over with good cheer, that Christmas has become in all English speaking countries a season of gladness, of gift givThe perfect gift and coffee table book for the readers on your list After the year 1843 the one literary work which Dickens never neglected was to furnish a Christmas story for his readers and it is due in some measure to the help of these stories, brimming over with good cheer, that Christmas has become in all English speaking countries a season of gladness, of gift giving at home, and of remembering those less fortunate than ourselves, who are still members of a common brotherhood If we read nothing else of Dickens, once a year, at Christmas time, we should remember him and renew our youth by reading one of his holiday stories, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Chimes, and above all the unrivaled Christmas Carol The latter especially will be read and loved as long as men are moved by the spirit of Christmas.. Bestseller Kindle Christmas Stories and Related Tales: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth This collection of Christmas stories had three different stories including Dickens most celebrated Christmas story of all time, the Christmas Carol. All the stories are interesting but the Christmas carol is outstanding. The message it conveys always warm my heart. It is my favorite Christmas story to date. I believe Dickens subtle writing and his philosophical thinking is more expressed in his Christmas stories. For this reason, these stories have always held readers attention. And for my part, I really did enjoy them.
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  1. Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

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  1. This collection of Christmas stories had three different stories including Dickens most celebrated Christmas story of all time, the Christmas Carol All the stories are interesting but the Christmas carol is outstanding The message it conveys always warm my heart It is my favorite Christmas story to date I believe Dickens subtle writing and his philosophical thinking is expressed in his Christmas stories For this reason, these stories have always held readers attention And for my part, I really [...]




  2. This was my first Dickens novel I know it is kind of cheesy to make my foray into Dickens s work by reading A Christmas Carol during the holidays but hey whatever helps break the ice right This book, as most people already know, is about a tight fisted, bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge Scrooge is visited one night by the ghost of his partner who has come to warn Scrooge of his fate in the afterworld and that Scrooge will face similar persecution in the afterlife if he does not change his wa [...]


  3. It s been a few years since I ve read A Christmas Carol, and it was just perfect timing I always enjoy a good reread of this novel Now to watch the Muppet version


  4. A Christmas Carol was wonderful It was just like seeing the movie, but better, because prose on paper really stimulates the imagination much Scrooge is a man who had lost his hope, and it showed in how his heart seemed to shrink, and his world with it He got a second chance when he was visited by the three ghosts on a cold Christmas Eve Just like the movie, this story made me cry I guess some would call me sentimental I don t know if that s the right word But I love to see a person go from the [...]


  5. It is hard to give this book one overall rating, since it is three books in one I have read A Christmas Carol before and think it is a must to read each Christmas season I would give it 5 stars I am going to base my review on the book The Chimes It is a New Year s Tale, so I thought it was fitting to read it in January It is not a long book but it did take me several days to really get into it Once I did, I finished it in one sitting It was sad to see how terribly the poor people during Dicken s [...]


  6. I have always loved Dickens Christmas Carol, but have never read his trilogy of Christmas stories.I did find them worthwhile, but not as intriguing as Christmas Carol itself.The Chimes is slightly grim, but still has a good outcome it is rather the typical beat them down then pull a good lesson out of it type of story thankfulness for what you are given and have, a good lesson.And of course these stories are extremely time driven, so you have to think as if you were in that day it does pull you [...]


  7. Well, of course A Christmas Carol was magnificent The Chimes and the Cricket on the Hearth not so much Everyone knows the plot of A Christmas Carol, so I will not rehash it here except to say that if you have only watched one or of the dozens of versions of the story in film but have not read Dickens actual story, do yourself a favor and read the book you will not be disappointed Plus, it makes it fun to analyze the plethora of CC movies made over the years to see how close they replicate the [...]


  8. Between his books, I forget how much I love Dickens I still can t remember if I ve read A Christmas Carol before, but in any case I ve just finished it for perhaps the first, perhaps the second time.Now on to two stories I know I ve never read The Chimes is a very odd story, and one where the point seems to be flying right over my head It is compelling, though too long, and without the punchiness of A Christmas Carol The Cricket on the Hearth is accessible than The Chimes and enjoyable Still, [...]




  9. The book begins with a perennial Dickensian favourite, A Christmas Carol When reading this joyful book, it pleasingly reminds the reader of the great happiness at Christmas time It would be by far the most well known of the short stories in this book, and it isn t difficult to understand why Fabulously descriptions of characters, a heartwarming message and a lovely end make it an accessible, yet wonderful read.The Chimes, the next book in this collection, was disappointingly dry, a feeling exace [...]


  10. Although I have been bombarded with portrayals of Scrooge, from Blackadder to Bill Murray, since I was a schoolchild, I had not got around to reading the original until now, at nearly 50 years of age Further, I was almost unaware of the other two works in this volume This is a pity, as this whole short collection is uniformly brilliant It is also easily digestible, with each story suitable to tackle in an evening.Dickens style is really inimitable, although there are elements of it discernible i [...]


  11. Reading Dickens is not an easy thing to do, I ll say that much I started this book thinking how well he writes and how beautiful this is, only to later question his need for being musical in writing The characters were either singing in my head or talking very rhythmical But, moving on to the stories themselvesI lovedA Christmas Carol It was heart whelming and inspiring I find it difficult not to learn the lessons Dickens wants the readers to learn and it s difficult to take a different stand wi [...]


  12. Within the first few pages of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens I had to stop and wonder why on earth I had waited 36 years to read him I don t want to get ahead of myself but I think its pretty safe to say that after reading just one of his books, I already love him Had I no other reading responsibilities I would spend all of 2016 soaking up all the Dickens I could.A Christmas Carol is a familiar enough story, as it has been represented in so many different film adaptations over the years bu [...]


  13. I ve read nine Dickens novels, but finally got around to reading his Christmas Books The unfortunate thing about reading A Christmas Carol is that its plot has been done to death visually That takes some of the punch out of the story, we know so much of it already Still, TV and movie versions often focus too much on the monetary miserliness of Scrooge and leave out some of the details of the ghosts visits I expected my familiarity with the story to drag down my enjoyment of the tale I liked it [...]


  14. The only reason this gets the three star treatment and not something vile and unchristian is because A Christmas Carol is an unabashed masterpiece Any adaptation you ve ever seen the Jim Carrey animated one is the most faithful I ve seen, believe it or not probably didn t do it justice Short, succinct, and brimming over with joy and plenty of muthafuckin pathos, it really is the quintessential novel for Christmas Even so because, as I read parallel to the novella, Christmas wasn t celebrated t [...]


  15. The four stars that I have given this collection can be best attributed to the third and final story in it The Cricket on the Hearth While I rather enjoyed A Christmas Carol it didn t capture me the way the last story did probably this has something to do with the fact that I already knew the story so well Good about CC is that it has a nice parallel structure, that really simplifies the reading, cause let s face it Dickens isn t always entirely understandable I really enjoyed the cncept behind [...]


  16. So I read this book in attempt to tackle Charles Dickens again The only other thing I have ever read by him was Great Expectations in the 9th grade I didn t really like that book except for Miss Havisham I thought she was kind of a cool, creepy character I saw this book in Barnes and Noble and thought I would give him another shot I mean, I was in the 9th grade What 9th grader really loves Charles Dickens I have always liked movies based on a Christmas Carol The written story was pretty good I t [...]


  17. Of course a wonderful classic I honestly can t find much wrong with it except Dickens is a little annoying with the interjections He did this in all three stories I know it s his method and type of writings By the third book it was only half as annoying Sometimes a bit too long with likening things you know the such as stuff I didn t get all of the meaning of the chitt chatt stuff Maybe it s early English I don t get The Chimes was weird I m not sure I cared for that one too much, all goblins in [...]


  18. From Scrooge s Bah and Humbug to Tiny Tim s God bless us every one A Christmas Carol shines with warmth, kindness, and humility.But beneath its sentimental surface, A Christmas Carol offers another of Dickens s sharply critical portraits of a brutal society and an inspiring celebration of the possibility of spiritual psychological and social change.I would have to say that I enjoyed the last story the best The Crickett on the Hearth.At times, I struggled to comprehend and follow along with Dicke [...]


  19. Of course there is no possible way I could ever criticize this classic However I would like to say that I love this book and I ve hence learned a lot of Charles Dickens history, the reason for this particular piece, and his character through that of the nephew If you ve read this book and haven t learned anything then shame on you Also the character of Tiny Tim whom goes to church to remind everyone the reason for the season was that of Christ and the blessings he brings to all, even despite his [...]


  20. Three of the five holiday stories written by Charles Dickens The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth were not previously known to me A Christmas Carol will remain my favorite, however, I can see why the other two would have been popular during the Victorian era.It is impossible to read these short stories and miss Dickens cry for the conversion of selfish hearts into caring ones Keep Christmas with you Always believe in better things to come And, if you haven t got charity in your heart, you ha [...]


  21. A Christmas Carol is the best of the stories A story where I was very familiar with the plot but enjoyed Dickens prose I had never read either The Chimes or The Cricket on the Hearth before In both of these stories, Dickens has his poor and honest characters who are selfless and needlessly suffer while the wealth enjoy themselves These stories are well worth reading and come out of a tradition I was not aware of that includes the telling of ghost stories at Christmas.


  22. My edition had four classic Christmas stories by Charles Dickens Each had the usual ghostly element and redemption in time for the holiday season The best story, of course, was the classic Christmas Carol , but I also really liked The Cricket on the Hearth It had fun elements of mistaken identity that made a fun story.


  23. I thought it was great Sickens is an easier read than many of his contemporaries though it was still a little tough to really get into him The three stories in this collection are timeless classics that I hope to make time for next holiday season as well.


  24. Charles Dickens is one of my all time favourite authors and these short stories prove why he s a master of story telling I love the narrator s voice which often speaks to the reader directly Makes me feel as if I m sitting around a cozy fire and listening to a great yarn.


  25. I love A Christmas Carol and always enjoy reading it I m amazed how faithful some film adaptations stick to the text.I didn t get The Chimes at all.I found cricket on the Hearth confusing, but an OK read.


  26. When my daughter was in college, I gave her English professor a small plum pudding for Christmas and in return, she presented me with a copy of this book, which I cherish and try to read a bit each Christmas.This year I m starting with A Cricket on the Hearth.


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