A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family's meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwil...

Details A Christmas Carol

TitleA Christmas Carol
Release DateSep 23rd, 1999
PublisherBethany House Publishers
Number of pages104 pages
GenreClassics, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Fantasy, Literature, Historical Fiction, 19th Century, Audiobook, Classic Literature

Reviews A Christmas Carol

  • Bookdragon Sean
    I read this every year at Christmas, and I always will do. Simply because of the atmosphere it evokes. This story is Christmas as far as I’m concerned. It wouldn’t be the same without it. It is perfectly festive and is also appropriately didactic. It is an allegory for what happens to those that are unnecessarily bitter and twisted, refusing to take part in a joyful occasion. It is a glimpse at what could happen to someone who rejects their f...
  • Mary
    It's a family tradition to read A Christmas Carol (original, unabridged) aloud each Christmas season and then to watch at least one film version on Christmas Eve (this year it was the Muppets' Christmas Carol - very authentic - with Michael Caine). Over the years, we have discussed the 19th century slang and customs enough so that the reading is becoming smoother and smoother without much need for editorial asides. This year we focused on favorit...
  • Lola Reviewer
    *3.5 stars*I shall start by introducing you to Ebenezer Scrooge. According to the narrator, the cold-hearted, unholy and inconsiderate man we have as main character.While he is described as such: External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn'...
  • Candi
    When I think of Christmas and all those things that make Christmas so special, A Christmas Carol immediately comes to mind right along with family, friends, beautiful Christmas trees, Mom’s anise cut-out cookies, brilliant holiday light displays, gently falling snow, festive instrumental and choral concerts, midnight mass, and angel trees. A Christmas Carol truly is a timeless classic and a beloved tradition, whether you see the movie or read t...
  • Kalliope
    I wish a most UN-SCROOGY Christmas to all my GR Friends. With lots of:MerrimentChristmas LoveGenerous and very Christmasy GiftsCopious and Delicious FoodNot too much drinkingChristmas GamesAnother watch of The NutcrackerAnd of course...Fascinating and Beautiful BooksAnd to remember what Scrooge learnt: I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    I love A Christmas CarolI can't believe I have just NOW read this book. I have been watching the MANY movies of A Christmas Carol since I was a little kid. My favorite being the one with Albert Finney, that seemed to be the one I watched the most. I have it on dvd (maybe blu ray, I would have to look) and I have the VHS tape for a long time. Remember those? I also have The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. You know I ...
  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    *Read for class1. This is the first book I've finished in September I am so damn excited.2. I have endless love for this story because my mom is obsessed with Christmas movies so I've seen at least a million adaptations of it. Happy to say the book was even better! Short and sweet, yet still Dickensian!
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Ebenezer Scrooge, the very definition of grumpy miserliness, gets a second chance at figuring out what's really important in life, with the help of some ghosts who give him an unforgettable version of "This is Your Life."This may not be a perfect piece of literature -- there are a few places where Dickens goes off on tangential lines of thought that I thought would have been better left out -- but you know, it's actually amazing and touching, the...
  • Bill Kerwin
    It has been a decade since I last read this classic, so I decided to look at it again, taking note of what I have forgotten or imperfectly remembered and also garnering any new insights my older (and I hope wiser) self could now find within it.But first, I decided to do a little research, and discovered the great irony underlying the book’s creation: how this tale that warns against miserliness was born because of Dickens' acute need for money,...
  • Cecily
    The Christmas classic that everyone knows – even if they haven’t read it. It's quite short, and at some levels quite an easy read, but there is plenty of depth, so I think it's worth reading it in a thoughtful and slightly leisurely way. PlotIt is a simple tale of how a normal man turns cold-hearted and mean and how, when confronted with memories of his past and the possible outcomes of his actions and inactions, he is redeemed by making posi...
  • Renato Magalhães Rocha
    One should never judge a book by its cover, but this edition surely deserves an award for ugliest and laziest book cover ever made (should we start a contest?), which is a shame since a theme like Christmas is quite easy to illustrate and has a lot of recognizable symbols and its own emblems that could've been used to enhance this poorly conceived design. However, if all the budget available went to the translator, it was a good decision as it wa...
  • Evgeny
    One might like Christmas, or one might not; one might be a Christian, or one might not be. Anyway I do not think anybody would be arguing against the fact that this novella became practically ultimate Christmas story. For this reason I will not bother hiding spoilers in my review; if you have no clue what it is about and I spoil it for you, consider it to be my punishment for living under a rock all this time. Sorry, there is something irresistib...
  • Glenn Sumi
    I’ve seen countless film, TV and stage adaptations of A Christmas Carol, but it wasn’t until this week that I read the actual text. Which is strange. I adore Dickens. If pressed, I’d call him one of my all-time favourite authors. But it’s a busy time of year, and when I watch the films it’s usually in a social situation. This week I found myself with a few extra hours and finally read the novella. Wow. I’m very glad I did. Here are so...
  • Alejandro
    The Christmas reading par excellence! A CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED ONCE AND AGAIN I can't tell how many times I have watched some adaptation or another of this classic story......Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, the Real Ghostbusters, live action films, animated TV specials, etc......since this is one of the most adapted stories of all time. A truly Christmas classic. And this one of the few books that I think one hardly can deny that it's th...
  • Jean
    "Bah! Humbug!" Who does not recognise this expostulation, and the old curmudgeon who spat it out. The very name "Scrooge" has entered the vernacular to indicate a mean-spirited skinflint. "Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint." And even the phrase "Merry Christmas" only became popular following the appearance of this novel...
  • Valerie
    A short classic, during the holidays, well why not? The only problem I had with the book was that I had to really concentrate on the writing. I didn’t have to drag along like I used to when I read books like this but I don’t think I could enjoy the book as much because I was confused at what Dickens was trying to say some times. With all the semicolons and commas sentences are very long and it was difficult for me to keep up. I’ll say that ...
  • Annet
    Having seen many movie versions of this famous book , I thought it was finally time to read the book this (time of) year and I did!How talented Dickens was... to invent this story and write it in beautiful language. Maybe I'll reread it again by Christmas time next year, so much detail there, deserves great attention, and my good intention will be to read more Dickens in the time to come. A delightful book, a very talented writer, so long ago... ...
  • Phrynne
    Whether we have read the book or not I think we all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his overnight conversion from miser to philanthropist. The most amazing thing is that a novella written so long ago still has such an effect on us each year at Christmas time.I love Dickens and always have ever since I was introduced to him at school by way of David Copperfield and Great Expectations. A Christmas Carol is one of his easier reads but it is s...
  • Carmen
    Amazing. A classic for a reason.RE-READ: 2015. I read this book every Christmas Eve. It makes me laugh, it scares me, it makes me cry. So good! And so short! :) I must admit my favorite part is the first part where Scrooge is so grumpy and miserly. And the book is so classic, filled with classic lines that are so well-known it's a pleasure to read them because they are so familiar and true.And, once again, it's short. No trouble to get through! M...
  • Jessica
    Possibly the best Christmas book EVER. Not only the greatest story since the original (you know, the one in the New Testament), but combined with P.J. Lynch's magnificent illustrations, this book is a gift you can open year after year!Reread 2012: I had a sudden revelation this morning as I finished this book. It's not just the greatest Christmas book ever, but I have realized that it is probably in my Top Ten of All Time. Such a beautiful work! ...
  • James Thane
    During December of every year, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City displays the original manuscript edition of Charles Dickens’ best-known Christmas novel, A Christmas Carol, which was acquired by the American financier, J. P. Morgan, sometime just before the turn of the Twentieth Century. The manuscript was inherited by his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr., who established the Pierpont Morgan Library in 1924, and included the manuscript in th...
  • Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
    So Dickens can be concise!A wonderfully heart warming read for the festive season. I love the message that people can change - and for the better.Seasons Greeting for everyone on Goodreads and Best Wishes for a Literary 2017!If Goodreads decides to give us Rereads that would be an awesome present! :)
  • Sakura87
    Un classico che da troppo tempo mancava alla mia libreria. Con libri così non valgono i normali metri di giudizio: la trama è scontata quel che basta, i personaggi mancano della minima psicologia, e la conversione di Scrooge appare repentina e pressoché ingiustificata.Eppure, è uno di quei classici che fa sognare i bambini, che continua a far sospirare gli adulti, e che fa brillare gli occhi dei non-più-adolescenti-ma-da-poco, come me, al ri...
  • Wanda
    My first experience with Dickens and it was very pleasurable. A Christmas Carol is very short, but how much it packs in! I think this is a story that we all think we know, having seen TV versions, theatrical productions and even advertising based on it [very ironic, yes?]. Scrooge has become synonymous with grasping selfishness and we forget that he undergoes a significant transformation during the course of the story.One theatre company in our c...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    Okay! I will say it. If there was ever a book that should be made a compulsory than its this. It is from now on, my most favorite book - the numero uno, and I bet it shall be all my life. I have seen several media adoptions and parodies; and had also read a dramatic adoption back in my school - so I thought it would be slightly boring. However, it was enchanting. You could read the book and know its strength is in more than the unique plot (of gh...
  • Jason Koivu
    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a quintessential piece of what Christmas is all about (and maybe a touch Halloween, too!). The story succeeds in entrancing so many of us because it touches upon the emotions, the senses, the human condition, and encapsulates it all in the life and death struggle we all go through...plus, who doesn't love a good ghost story and a happy ending?!A Christmas Carol has been adapted so many times in so many differ...
  • Barry Pierce
    This is just fabulous, obviously. The ending may be a tad optimistic for Dickens but oh well. This is an amazingly quick read, if you don't read it in one sitting then there is no hope for you. This story really epitomises Christmas and is an easy place to start with Dickens if you haven't done so already.
  • PattyMacDotComma
    5★I thought it would be nice to start a new year’s reading with the 174-year-old story of a selfish man who reinvented himself (after some heavy haunting). Not only wasn’t I disappointed when re-reading, I was surprised how much detail I’d forgotten, in spite of having seen movies, cartoons, comics, and seemingly countless interpretations of Ebenezer Scrooge. When I was a child, more of us were probably familiar with Scrooge McDuck than t...
  • Jo Woolfardis
    [First Read: 17th December, 2015. 4 stars.Second Read: 24th December, 2016. 4 stars.]Read as part of the Infinite Variety 2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.For the first eight years of Charles Dickens' life, Christmas was as white as the driven snow, not in the least because it did indeed snow, the Thames froze over and much merriment was had during a time when poverty was common and the poor were uncared for in their masses...
  • Kimberley doruyter
    being my first dickens i was pleasntly surprised by how much i loved it.having seen a great many movie adaptations i didn't think i would like the book at all.i'm glad i read it and i will be reading the other works by dickens as soon as i can get my hands on them.how can anyone read this and not have it warm the heart on a cold sundayafternoon