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A Christmas Carol Paperback – November 28, 2014
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
For many people in the 21st century, Dickens's A Christmas Carol has come to define what "keeping Christmas" should look like. And according to Michael Patrick Hearn's superb introduction to this annotated edition of Dickens's beloved classic, that was precisely the author's intention. Dickens feared that encroaching industrialism undermined the traditional values of family, faith and simplicity, and that killjoy Puritans had done away with many of the pleasures of Christmas, so he set out to revive old-fashioned English customs. Hearn's introduction grandly describes the story's enduring popularity around the world (including Dickens's irate but mostly ineffectual attempts to stem the tide of its plagiarism). The annotated edition is enriched by numerous wood etchings, including some from the original 1843 art by Punch cartoonist John Leech. Old Scrooge himself would approve.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate 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!"