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Here you can find ALL the Christmas books and stories written by Dickens. The Christmas Books: [1843] A Christmas Carol [1844] The Chimes [1845] The Cricket on the Hearth [1846] The Battle of Life [1848] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain The Christmas Stories: [1850] A Christmas Tree [1851] What Christmas is as we Grow Older [1852] The Poor Relation's Story [1852] Here you can find ALL the Christmas books and stories written by Dickens. The Christmas Books: [1843] A Christmas Carol [1844] The Chimes [1845] The Cricket on the Hearth [1846] The Battle of Life [1848] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain The Christmas Stories: [1850] A Christmas Tree [1851] What Christmas is as we Grow Older [1852] The Poor Relation's Story [1852] The Child's Story [1853] The Schoolboy's Story [1853] Nobody's Story [1854] The Seven Poor Travellers [1855] The Holly-Tree [1856] Wreck of the Golden Mary [1857] The Perils of Certain English Prisoners [1858] Going into Society [1860] A Message From the Sea [1861] Tom Tiddler's Ground [1862] Somebody's Luggage [1863] Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings [1864] Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy [1865] Doctor Marigold [1866] Mugby Junction [1867] No Thoroughfare


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Here you can find ALL the Christmas books and stories written by Dickens. The Christmas Books: [1843] A Christmas Carol [1844] The Chimes [1845] The Cricket on the Hearth [1846] The Battle of Life [1848] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain The Christmas Stories: [1850] A Christmas Tree [1851] What Christmas is as we Grow Older [1852] The Poor Relation's Story [1852] Here you can find ALL the Christmas books and stories written by Dickens. The Christmas Books: [1843] A Christmas Carol [1844] The Chimes [1845] The Cricket on the Hearth [1846] The Battle of Life [1848] The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain The Christmas Stories: [1850] A Christmas Tree [1851] What Christmas is as we Grow Older [1852] The Poor Relation's Story [1852] The Child's Story [1853] The Schoolboy's Story [1853] Nobody's Story [1854] The Seven Poor Travellers [1855] The Holly-Tree [1856] Wreck of the Golden Mary [1857] The Perils of Certain English Prisoners [1858] Going into Society [1860] A Message From the Sea [1861] Tom Tiddler's Ground [1862] Somebody's Luggage [1863] Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings [1864] Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy [1865] Doctor Marigold [1866] Mugby Junction [1867] No Thoroughfare

30 review for Charles Dickens: The Christmas Books and Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    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, 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Overall 4 stars for this collection of Charles Dickens’ Christmas stories. 5 stars for A Christmas Carol 4 stars for The Chimes 3 stars for The Cricket on the Hearth This was a great way to complete my 2018 GR reading challenge and to finish up my reading year. I’m looking forward to a New Year of reading and sharing books in 2019! I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy New Year!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    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. 4 out of 5

    Maranda (addlebrained_reader)

    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 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 ways. Scrooge is warned that more ghosts will appear to help him redeem himself in life and prevent the perils his partner has faced in death. Scrooge is then visited by the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future. Scrooge is shown the actions of different people during each Christmas and he is given a choice at the end. Can he ever change? The story was an inspiring Christmas story and helps remind people how their behavior affects others. This novel reminds us that we need to give to others who need more than we ourselves are and that the payoff for this assistance is much more fulfilling than any amount of money in the pocket or the bank could ever be. I found this book surprisingly fun and easy to read. The novel was shorter than I expected and was not inundated with old world terms that I could not understand. I had been somewhat intimidated by Dickens prior to reading this book. However, now that I know the humorous and witty writing style of Charles Dickens I will definitely be reading more of his work in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    A Christmas Carol was wonderful. It was just like seeing the movie, but better, because prose on paper really stimulates the imagination much more. 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 A Christmas Carol was wonderful. It was just like seeing the movie, but better, because prose on paper really stimulates the imagination much more. 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 dark to the light emotionally. This is the evolution we see with Scrooge. 5 Stars. If you love the movies, you really should read this story. I don't think you'd regret it. It is very readable and keeps your interest. I can't really say that for The Chimes. This story moved pretty slowly, and it took a while to figure out where Dickens was going. At first, it read like a satire against the upper class and the government in its treatment of the poor and the working class. Then it seemed as though it was a story about being grateful for what one has and appreciating the time that you have with your family. It was an ambitious story, and I liked the elements of the ghosts of regret (I think) that manifested themselves as the chiming of bells that Totty, our protagonist, makes his daily routine around. Some parts were really tedious, and some parts were beautiful and poignant. At the end, I could only give this one 3.5 stars because it was a difficult and somewhat unrewarding read for this reader. If you have read The Chimes, I would love some feedback on what you believe was the point of this story. I have started The Cricket on the Hearth, and it's really hard to focus my attention on the writing. I haven't given up yet! Soldier on! Update: I've come to the conclusion that life is too short to keep trying to read The Cricket on the Hearth. It's dreadfully boring. I can feel my hair growing as I try to read it. I feel that I did my best with it, and I'm calling this one a day. I will have to give this one a rating of 1 star because it was too boring to finish reading. So my overall rating is four stars, because of my love for A Christmas Carol, and my half-hearted enjoyment of The Chimes. I pray that Dickens' longer fiction isn't dry like this. I'd really like to read some of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    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 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 time were treated. They were continually told they were bad people and their life was not of value. This story follows a poor man and he dreams (or is shown - story doesn't make it quite clear) the terrible things that could happen to his family. When he wakes up it is the New Year and he realizes all the terrible things didn't happen. It is a joyous New Year's Day. I think the ending lines of the book sum up the book's theme: "So may the New Year be a happy one to you, happy to many more whose happiness depends on you! So may each year be happier than the last, and not the meanest of our brethren or sisterhood debarred their rightful share in what our Great Creator formed them to enjoy."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    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 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 there, and some of the ways in which the stories are written paint the picture of writers at the time.) The Cricket was more of an upbeat story with a twist untwist at the end. Amusing and fun to read, but still not as good as the carol. For it's time, and originality i would have upped the stars to 31/2 but that is not available so i'll keep it at 3 as i don't think the last 2 stories are of the same quality as the first.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    5/5stars The OG heart warming Christmas story - so cute and iconic

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara G

    I just... I love Dickens. Don't really have more to say about this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.M. Hushour

    The only reason this gets the three-star treatment and not something more 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 more so because, as I read parallel to the novella, Christmas The only reason this gets the three-star treatment and not something more 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 more so because, as I read parallel to the novella, Christmas wasn't celebrated the way we know it now and this was Dickens attempt to reinject it with some levity, light, and humanity. Dickens wrote a Christmas story every year for five years. Sadly, the other two tales included here are colossal pieces of Victorian feek (fecal matter; it's easier to text). The Chimes is basically the same story as A Christmas Carol except it's a poor midget being admonished and 'saved'. Whatever. The Cricket on the Hearth is a horrific, nightmarish tale of whimsical poor people straight-out-of-unreality and some stupid shit involving--I--don't--I don't even know. Both these stories are uncharacteristically bad overwhelming as far as cheese goes for even Dickens, and So screw the Rest: read A Christmas Carol and be Merry, friends, Be Merry!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 more accessible than "The Chimes" 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 more accessible than "The Chimes" and more enjoyable. Still, having read all three, it's apparent why "A Christmas Carol" became the most famous. It's simply head and shoulders above the other two.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    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, 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 have the worst kind of heart trouble".

  14. 4 out of 5

    Malissa

    Love A Christmas Carol and read it every year, cannot make it through The Chimes or Cricket on the Hearth. They just cannot hold my attention at all!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clay Davis

    Great stories for the holiday season. The introduction by Katharine Wiley was very valuable in understanding the stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    It was interesting to read some of Dickens' less popular work, the other holiday novellas that he released during his late but still productive years. However, A Christmas Carol is undoubtedly the star of the show here. It's a wonderfully told story about someone learning to love again. (People always talk about Scrooge's stinginess with money, but that's just a symptom.) The film adaptations vary greatly in their faithfulness to the novella, so it's nice to get the original story here. The It was interesting to read some of Dickens' less popular work, the other holiday novellas that he released during his late but still productive years. However, A Christmas Carol is undoubtedly the star of the show here. It's a wonderfully told story about someone learning to love again. (People always talk about Scrooge's stinginess with money, but that's just a symptom.) The film adaptations vary greatly in their faithfulness to the novella, so it's nice to get the original story here. The Chimes is based around New Year's, not Christmas, but it's all more or less the same in Dickens' world. This book lacks the Londony feel of its predecessor, and it's way more overtly preachy. Like Carol, a man is taught a lesson by supernatural forces, but unlike Carol this time the person learning the lesson is himself a poor man. Apparently his crime is that he believes what the rich folk say about how his people are inherently lesser and they need to just be content with scraps and submit to their place in life. To teach him this lesson, the supernatural force sends him forward in time to see how a life of hard labor and poor medical care break down the bodies and spirits of those he loves. I'm not sure what he's supposed to do about it though since he's poor himself, and he's a good enough man because right before his lesson he takes a stranger into his home. The lesson to the readers, especially the wealthy, is that a bit of generosity can literally save lives, but I guess the in-universe lesson is just "keep ya head up"? The third story, Cricket on the Hearth is a domestic comedy. The cricket itself is a sort of guardian angel figure watching over the family as they talk about an upcoming wedding, a strange traveler who comes to lodge with them, and other home concerns. It's not action-packed nor does it carry the social commentary of A Christmas Carol, but it's charming and sort of inspirational.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Murphy

    Interesting to read A Christmas Carol after only seeing the film previously. Such an important book in shaping our view of how Christmas is celebrated. Dickens however is so much more important in highlighting the social inequality of the times and warning against the dangers of poverty and neglect of the poor. Not always easy to read due to the language of the time but worth the effort to see a beautifully structured novel with brilliant ideas. This edition also contains 'The Chimes' and 'The Interesting to read A Christmas Carol after only seeing the film previously. Such an important book in shaping our view of how Christmas is celebrated. Dickens however is so much more important in highlighting the social inequality of the times and warning against the dangers of poverty and neglect of the poor. Not always easy to read due to the language of the time but worth the effort to see a beautifully structured novel with brilliant ideas. This edition also contains 'The Chimes' and 'The Cricket on the Hearth.' Both are worth reading but the latter is hard work initially before reaching a satisfying conclusion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Regardless of how many times you've read this, or how many iterations you've seen onscreen or onstage, how many excellent audio recordings (I'm speaking to you, Patrick Stewart, and you, golden-voiced Simon Callow) have curled up in your head -- put all that aside and read this masterpiece again. I'm always surprised anew by how funny it is, and how truly terrifying Christmas Yet To Come is. In our age of eye-rolling, Tiny Tim has become a cloying image -- please go back to this book, and Regardless of how many times you've read this, or how many iterations you've seen onscreen or onstage, how many excellent audio recordings (I'm speaking to you, Patrick Stewart, and you, golden-voiced Simon Callow) have curled up in your head -- put all that aside and read this masterpiece again. I'm always surprised anew by how funny it is, and how truly terrifying Christmas Yet To Come is. In our age of eye-rolling, Tiny Tim has become a cloying image -- please go back to this book, and discover how absolutely authentic he is. Just writing these words makes me want to read A Christmas Carol again, even though my Kindle is still warm to the touch.

  19. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Crane

    A Christmas Carol . The Chimes . The Cricket on the Hearth . A Christmas Carol ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The Chimes ⭐️. The Cricket on the Hearth ⭐️⭐️.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Akhiladevi Devabhaktuni

    “The voice of time, cries to man, Advance! Time is for his advancement and improvement; for his greater worth, his greater happiness, his better life; his progress onward to that goal within its knowledge and its view, and set there, in the period where Time and He began.” -Phantom

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tony Foxhoven

    Perfect for the season

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte

    Loved Christmas Carol. Such a classic! The other stories were pretty good but seemed to be hanging on the shirttails of the first. They had similar elements and were trying to be Christmas Carol but missed the mark. Still enjoyed them, though. I like Dickens but I can tell he got paid by the word...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Oscar Despard

    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 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 exacerbated when reading it after the easy reading in A Christmas Carol. The idea of the story is to change the mind of a man who believes that all humans are inherently bad, but this message is got across in a somewhat awkward manner. The story was pleasant overall, but was, in my opinion, the least enjoyable story in this book. Finally, we come to The Cricket on the Hearth. The story does not have a seasonal theme, unlike the other two, and is instead about the comforts of home. It was, however, a lovely read, and was far better than The Chimes. It was an entirely unexpected pleasure to have such a wonderful read thrust upon me at the of the volume, but it was a delightful read. It rivalled A Christmas Carol in my enjoyment of it, and was a great way to finish. The Christmas Books is a compendium of three Dickens short stories, and two of the stories I thoroughly enjoyed. Despite the dip in the middle that was The Chimes, the other two were deserving of 5-star reviews. The Christmas Book is an easy way to get your hands on a copy of The Cricket on the Hearth, which would not be common elsewhere, and for that reason alone, it is worth buying. A Christmas Carol was also, as expected, a touching and lovely read, and it is easy to see how it has become a favourite for many generations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    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 more) 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 more fun to analyze the plethora of CC movies made over the years to see how close 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 more) 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 more fun to analyze the plethora of CC movies made over the years to see how close they replicate the actual story. The Patrick Stewart version is really faithful to the written word, but I digress.... The other two stories are holiday stories as well, however, they pale in comparison to A Christmas Carol and are drier and less interesting than chalk dust. The Chimes is a feeble New Year's goblin story wherein Dickens once again mounts his soap box to thrust his social criticism down the reader's throat via poorly developed characters and plot line. At the end, you are left scratching your head and saying to yourself, "huh?" The Cricket on the Hearth is where Dickens exercises his fantasy storytelling muscle and creates a story wherein a Cricket acts like the guardian angel (but not in a cute Jiminy Cricket way) over a family. The best part of Cricket is that one of the main characters has the last name of "Peerybingle." I think if I should ever use an alias to check into a hotel it will be under this last name! I don't find my life enriched for having read either The Chimes or Cricket in the Hearth. They are the reason I gave such a low review to this book. A Christmas Carol is the reason the star rating is higher than it should be (and in and of itself should be awarded all 5 stars).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elliott Bignell

    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. Furthermore, 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 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. Furthermore, 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 in Terry Pratchett and others. He is a keen and cynical observer of human nature and of the hypocrisy and unfairness of Vistorian life. While he is witty, some of his characters really make you itch to slap them, while some of them display an achingly real humanity. The deprivation makes you stamp your feet against the cold, while the meals positively glisten with just the right amount of rhetorical fat to get the juices flowing. Dickens style is rich but not as florid as many Victorians, and he is the master storyteller. All three stories deal with supernatural spirits that might not, in fact, be anything more than the troubled conscience of the protagonists bubbling up in dreams. At any rate, each sees transformation from the steely, cold spirit of Victorian trickle-down religiosity to the warmth of "real" Christmas cheer and generosity. I would be hard put to select a favourite, as all three deserve credit comparable to that of "A Christmas Carol". The three ghosts of Christmas, the spirits of the bells and that of the hearth cricket, all of them awaken cold hearts and light bright logs by the common table. It's just the right time of the year to tackle this, and I thoroughly recommend it as an introduction to Dickens.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex Reborn

    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 themselves... I loved A 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 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 themselves... I loved A 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 with this kind of emotional story that he comes up with. Because of this, I'm not sure anymore of where I stand after this; I need to rethink some stuff. A story that does that to you is a really good story. I didn't know anything about The Chimes before I read it and it also took me a while to get into it, regardless of it being a rather short story. This is the story that had a lot of rhythm and it sounded like it was written in verses sometimes. Never mind that. Something that applies to both this story and The Cricket on the Hearth, is that I actually cared about the characters and I was hoping for happy endings, even when things seemed hopeless. It was magical to see how easily I could get attached to characters and how much there was to learn from these wonderful stories. Charles Dickens is an author worth reading and his lessons are worth remembering.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clio (Bemuzed)

    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 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 the story and thought it was well played out with Scrooge immediately feeling affection for these people, where he hadn't realized he treasured them before. The Chimes isn't a Christmas book, it is a story about the New Year and to be honest I didn't really get this story until I read some of the other reviews about it and started linking up different parts of the story to finally get the whole of it. I liked The Cricket on the Hearth from the very first page because it was just filled with the kind of language I most enjoy in a Dickens novel. I describe it as a sort of innocent, witty, ironic voice that can also be found in A Christmas Carol and in Oliver Twist. But in this story every page is drenched in this voice which made my reading it thoroughly enjoyable!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    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 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 but it seems to me nothing was quite like reading it. Dickens greatest strength lies the in power of his description and I only wish my own vocabulary greater so that I could do him justice when trying to praise his writing. From the ghost of Marley (shake those chains!) to the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future Dickens does a superb job of telling a fantastic story that delights and disturbs the reader, all the while making the reader search his or her own heart in regards to the many issues Dickens brings up in A Christmas Carol. I really loved this book and now understand why my good friend Betsy reads it every year at Christmas time. Count me in and bring on more Dickens!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    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 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 more than I expected, and Dickens' writing here is much better than I was led to believe. As for the other two novellas here, both are good, though "A Christmas Carol" towers over them. All three, by the way, have some sort of supernatural element to them. "The Chimes" is the weakest of the three, though still strong. "The Cricket on the Hearth" is very good, though with a rather odd ending that's open to interpretation. (In addition, who is the last to join the party at the end? I gathered it was the dog. Opinions?) "Cricket" is by far the shortest on the ghost/supernatural/spirits front, which I liked after the first two. Overall, good stuff, well worth checking out even for those who think the marquee tale here is too familiar.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    A Christmas Carol may be the best book Dickens wrote. I do love David Copperfield and Great Expectations, but there's just something about the simple message in A Christmas Carol. The Chimes was the strangest of these stories. It has an It's a Wonderful Life vibe to it, pointing out the importance of keeping hope, and the importance one person has to those around him. The Cricket on the Hearth was a crazy rollercoaster of emotions. It was so funny and lighthearted at first, but turned pretty dark A Christmas Carol may be the best book Dickens wrote. I do love David Copperfield and Great Expectations, but there's just something about the simple message in A Christmas Carol. The Chimes was the strangest of these stories. It has an It's a Wonderful Life vibe to it, pointing out the importance of keeping hope, and the importance one person has to those around him. The Cricket on the Hearth was a crazy rollercoaster of emotions. It was so funny and lighthearted at first, but turned pretty dark in the second chapter. It ultimately ended on a happy note, pointing out the importance of family and home, whether that's a family you're born into or a family you create from the circumstances you find yourself in. Dickens in so unbelievably clever in everything he does. The chapters in A Christmas Carol (staves) and The Chimes (quarters) are musical terms, and the chapters in The Cricket on the Hearth are "chirps." His character names in all 3 works are so clever and descriptive...I mean, Mrs. CHICKENSTALKER?! Brilliant. These 3 stories are definitely worth reading! 12/15/19: Reread A Christmas Carol. What a wonderful story. I'm not sure if I'll get to these other stories again this year or not.

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