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

Christmas Stories and Related Tales A Christmas Carol The Chimes The Cricket on the Hearth The perfect gift and coffee table book for the readers on your list After the year the one literary work which Dickens never neglected was to furnish a Christmas story for his readers and it is d

  • Title: Christmas Stories and Related Tales: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth
  • Author: Charles Dickens Michael Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781505229172
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    • Piyangie says:

      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, [...]

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    • Kate says:

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

    • Maranda (addlebrained_reader) says:

      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 [...]

    • Katie says:

      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

    • Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

      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 g [...]

    • Erika says:

      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 D [...]

    • Todd says:

      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 [...]

    • Rachel says:

      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 t [...]

    • Julie says:

      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" [...]

    • Malissa says:

      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!

    • Matthias says:

      Review to follow :-)

    • Oscar Despard says:

      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 ex [...]

    • Elliott Bignell says:

      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 disce [...]

    • Alex Reborn says:

      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 differe [...]

    • Dana says:

      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 year [...]

    • Tim says:

      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 [...]

    • J.M. Hushour says:

      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 was [...]

    • Clio says:

      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 be [...]

    • Laurie says:

      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 [...]

    • Robin says:

      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 [...]

    • Samantha says:

      "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 comprehen [...]

    • Heather says:

      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 [...]

    • Lori says:

      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, [...]

    • Mary says:

      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.

    • Jaret says:

      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.

    • Rebecca says:

      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.

    • S.K.Fischer says:

      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.

    • Donna Boultwood says:

      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.

    • Bam says:

      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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