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A Christmas Carol Hardcover – September 12, 2006
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In the history of English literature, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, which has been continuously in print since it was first published in the winter of 1843, stands out as the quintessential Christmas story. What makes this charming edition of Dickens's immortal tale so special is the collection of 80 vivid illustrations by Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Shinn, a well-known artist in his time, was a popular illustrator of newspapers and magazines whose work displayed a remarkable affinity for the stories of Charles Dickens, evoking the bustling street life of the mid-1800s. Printed on heavy, cream-colored paper stock, the edges of the pages have been left rough, simulating the way in which the story might have appeared in Dickens's own time. Though countless editions of this classic have been published over the years, this one stands out as particularly beautiful, nostalgic, and evocative of the spirit of Christmas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Few of the many interpretations of Dickens's holiday parable can match this handsome edition for atmosphere, mood and sheer elegance. Innocenti's full-page watercolors are striking, full-bodied evocations of 19th-century London, particularly the life and vigor of the city's streets: merchants sell their wares, urchins tumble and play, the gentry ride in their carriages, and the destitute huddle in doorways and keep warm at makeshift stoves. At the same time, the paintings' realism, dramatic intensity, occasional luminosity and almost microscopic observation of detail strongly recall the exquisite art of the Italian Renaissance. Their stateliness is carried through in the book's design: each page of text is boxed with fine sepia rules, overlaid with a delicate, gradually fading wash, and topped by a single, modest ornament. The effect suggests an old manuscript or parchment--one that, every so often, opens a splendid pictorial window on the world of this classic narrative. For all its elegance, however, this is a somber and unsentimental view of Dickens's world. The beautiful and the sordid, the good and the malevolent, are never far apart--a concept that is powerfully suggested through the frequent use of high, oddly angled perspectives, as if readers, along with Scrooge and the spirits, are privy to telling glimpses of life skimmed from above. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As for the book itself, because this is a classic, one can give stars based on the writing or based on the quality of the physical product, or both. It is Dickens, so yes, of course, 5 stars. Better yet, when almost everyone knows the story only by the various movie versions, its nice to be able to say that yes, the general rule holds true, that the book is better.
As for the physical product, I was very impressed by the quality of it. I can understand one reviewer's disappointment, in that the cover image quality is so exceptional that it really makes you think you are getting a leather-bound edition. Actually, sitting here looking at it on my desk, the illusion persists that it is leather. One has to pick it up to discover it isn't. Still, I wasn't expecting it to actually be leather, so I don't see any reason to knock it. After all, that's not in the product description anywhere, is it? Is the cover designer a victim of his own success?
I believe the official description for this kind of hard cover book is 'case laminate.' Perhaps the publisher can be enticed to create a leather bound edition that is attractive as this one is. In the meantime, this is going to make a perfect gift for a special Dickens' lover I know!
a. A Christmas Carol was published in 1843 by Bradbury and Evans Company. The story is the most famous secular tale in all of the vast treasure of Christmas tales. Old Scrooge is a miser who is visited by the three ghosts of past, present and future. He is redeemed by love and kindly cares for his nephew Bob and his crippled son Tiny Tim. The story is the one Dickens work everyone seems to know even if they have never read it or perused any of the other Dickens works.
b. The Chimes-In this story we see how the British poor were cast aside by greedy and pompous political hypocrites. Toby Vetch and his suffering family have revived hopes as they listen to the cheerful message of the bells.
c. The Cricket on the Hearth: It started with a teakettle and a cricket on the hearth bringing cheer and love to the humble home of John Peerybingle and his young wife. The plot concerns John's suspicion that his young wife is having an affair. The tale and secret of the old man who visits their humble abode is solved with the joys of an old time Christmas dance and party! One of Dickens' best Christmas tales!
d. Dr Jeddler and his two daughters Grace and Marian live on an ancient English battlefield. The doctor is cynical but is redeemed by the love revealed by his two daughters. Marian yields her lover Alfred to her older sister Grace in a touching and sentimental story.
e. The Haunted Man-A chemist asks a ghost to remove his memories of sorrow and pain. He regrets this and is made thankful for our memories as he sees a woman named Millie reach out in love to a suffering student. The theme is "Lord, Keep My Memory Green."
Charles Dickens had a way with words in which he can make the world come alive in all of its sadness, joy and beauty. This book would make an excellent Christmas gift! As Tiny Tim might put it: "God bless us everyone!"