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A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana?the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film.
The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family?s typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It?s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.
This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker?s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father?s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie?s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie?s unstoppable campaign to get Santa?or anyone else?to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, ?You?ll shoot your eye out, kid??
The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey?s Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
Very much enjoyed this book as I religiously view A Christmas Story movie every holiday season--I can see the book happening in my head!Published 7 months ago by Janette Dwyer
I can hear the narrator's voice from the movie in my head when I'm reading this, lol. This is my fav movie and the book does not disappoint.Published 8 months ago by Mindy
This movie was a gift to myself, I love this movie and watch it every Christmas season!
If you have not seen this movie you missed a classic
I was looking for something during the holiday season to read that pertained to the holiday while I was waiting in lines. This book carries all the charm and wit of the movie. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eric Burroughs
The movie is a Christmas tradition in our house and my grandson truly enjoyed reading the book. He finished it in two days. (9 years old)Published 9 months ago by Skip the Winter
I TRULY THINK JEAN SHEPHERD SHOULD BE PROUND OF HIS STORY. THIS LITTLE BOOK IS GREAT. I HAVE MANY MANY COPIES OF IT.AND IT IS A TRUE GEM AND FAVORITE OF MINE. Read morePublished 9 months ago by VALTOWNSEND
lt's the best-selling book of my life with the best-selling author and a book to be in town and country I consider it the best thing I have ever seen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathy Dinning
After seeing the movie, I was drawn to read the book. This version is a great companion to the movie offering more depth into the characters and plot. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Todd