- Lexile Measure: 900 (What's this?)
- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (June 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486268659
- ISBN-13: 978-0486268651
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,910 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, June 1, 1991
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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 Hardcover 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 Hardcover edition.
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This edition is very cheaply made. The cover looks nice online, but in person it screams cheap. The cover is just high gloss cardboard.
The pages are printed on cheap paper. The illustrations are small and indistinct. I was planning to give this as a gift but it was just too tacky. I ended up purchasing the Barnes and Noble faux leather bound version (also sold by Amazon - and for a lot less money). The B&N edition is beautiful. The cover is embossed with gold and silver, the edges of the pages are gilded. No illustrations are included, but that doesn't detract from the story. The B&N edition will make a fine gift.
Scrooge is... well, a scrooge -- a professional miser who hates Christmas, goodwill, charity, puppies, kittens, his relatives, his employees, and virtually everything else except money.
And on Christmas Eve, his dead partner Jacob Marley comes back, wrapped with supernatural chains, and claims that Scrooge is doomed to the same fate. But he has a chance at redemption: three ghosts representing will visit him that night, taking him on a guided tour of Christmases past, present and yet to come.
So Scrooge is transported on a trio of hourlong trips through time. The childlike Ghost of Christmas Past takes him to his bleak childhood, when he was less jaded and hard. The jolly Ghost of Christmas Present takes him to people's homes on the very next morning, specifically of of his nephew and the poor miner Bob Cratchit. And finally a Ringwraith-like spirit gives him a glimpse of Christmas years in the future... a bleak and terrible future, unless he changes his ways.
You can read plenty of symbolism into a story like "A Christmas Carol"; I've heard speculation about Dickens' father, the Industrial Revolution, spiritualism, and all sorts of other stuff. But at its heart, "A Christmas Carol" is the most powerful when appreciated for its story alone -- a story about a greedy, miserable man who redeems himself by learning to love all humanity.
Dickens' writing is utterly brilliant here. Most of the book is bleak, grimy and painted in shadows, with Dickens only rarely holding back from showing the dark situation of England's poor. A great example is the symbolic children Want and Ignorance ("a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds"). As for the Grim-Reaperlike third ghost, it's the stuff of nightmares.
But all isn't dark here. Occasionally Dickens splashes it with moments of crystalline brilliance ("It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and... its dress trimmed with summer flowers"). And as dark as the book is, Dickens offers hope for the future.
He also does a brilliant job with Scrooge, " a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire." Having worked hard to make us hate Scrooge, Dickens then deftly displays his skill at slowly revealing how Scrooge became who and what he is, and slowly redeeming him.
Charles Dickens created one of the greatest Christmas stories with "A Christmas Carol" -- bah humbugs, merry Christmases and all. God bless us, every one!
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!