A Christmas Carol & Two Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens
CRW Publishing Ltd (Hardback), 2009, first published in 1843
This book is part of my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015. The category for this book is ‘a book set during Christmas’.
BLURB FROM THE COVER
A Christmas Carol was an overnight success when first published in 1843, and was followed by two further Christmas books, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth, also included in this volume. But A Christmas Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge is one of Dickens’s most unforgettable characters, a miserable skinflint without equal. Even he, however, can be redeemed by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Illustrated by John Leech and others.
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as doornail.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This was my second time reading A Christmas Carol and my first read through of The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: I love this book. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. A Christmas Carol is my favourite Christmas story. I’ve seen loads of different TV and movie adaptations. These include the Muppet’s version (my absolute favourite) and the recent Disney version. I also love the movie Scrooged based on Dickens’s tale. It’s safe to safe I’m a fan of A Christmas Carol. The reading experience is much better than watching it on TV. This is the perfect Christmas tale.
I really enjoyed THE CHIMES and THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH. Both of these tales are never quite as good as A Christmas Carol. They have great characters and are fun to read. They compliment A CHRISTMAS CAROL and the three tales sit well together. I don’t think I’d have enjoyed The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth on their own.