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- A Canção do Natal (A Christmas Carol)- O Vendedor Ambulante (Dr. Marigold's Prescriptions)- O Guarda-Chuva do Sr. Thompson (A Holiday Romance)- Os Sete Caminhantes Pobres (The Seven Poor Travellers)- Uma Dama Caridosa (Somebody's Luggage)- Os Carrilhões (The Chimes)...

Title : Contos de Natal
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Contos de Natal Reviews

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-03-25 12:25

    [First read: 2010 or thereabouts. 4 stars. Second read: Christmas 2015. 4 stars.Third read: Christmas, 2016. 4 stars.]Ghost stories were the theme of Christmas during Victorian times and it's a tradition that is sorely missed. Charles Dickens is pretty much King of Christmas, and all these stories have a spectral vibe to them. They all contain the same kind of feeling to them, and give us a meaning to Christmas that I think we've let go of a little. Even I of a Scrooge nature feels blessed after I have read these stories, not only because I enjoy all of Dickens' works, but because it gives me faith of a non-religious kind that Humans are pretty much alright, actually. 'Christmas Festivities': Under the pseudonym 'Tibbs', Dickens implores those who are less enchanted by Christmas than they used to be to let it back in to their hearts. Fairly relevant today, but his arguments do not convince me wholly.'The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton': pre-cursor to A Christmas Carol and is an evocative imaginative short tale. Humble but with a lot to say. 'A Christmas Episode from Master Humphrey's Clock': Just a small segment from this story, which was serialised in several of his other novels, which shows how a kindness done at Christmas time can bring you more joy than you ever really appreciate. 'A Christmas Carol': With a transformation that would make Bumblebee turn green, Scrooge is the epitome of a Christmas junkie: too much and all at once after all those years of refusing. I'm surprised be didn't die of such an overdose of turkey and whooping. Surprisingly shorter than I ever remembered it to be. 'The Haunted Man': Very enjoyable and surprisingly longer than A Christmas Carol, though without the overall worldy blesséd live that emanates from that one: the same kind of feeling and plot, with poor families and various deaths. I think it was perhaps longer than it should have been, though the ending and message was not so bad because of that. A great memory to all the dead and how we should never forget them. ' A Christmas Tree': An odd little story that doesn't quite make sense. A good reference for what a Victorian tree would have been decorated like, but vague and rather tedious altogether. 'What Christmas is, as we Grow Older': quite droll and rather boring in truth, but I think it is a nice insight in to how Dickens thought about a lot of things. 'The Seven Poor Travellers': A condensed version of A Christmas Carol in a way, though not so much Scrooge than someone trying to make themselves feel better by helping others. Fairly archaic in plot and tone, but an ideal sentiment nevertheless.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Matt
    2019-03-08 15:19

    I am a Christmas traditionalist. That is, I follow various Christmas traditions – both family-inherited and self-imposed – with more faith than usually given to the actual religious underpinnings of the holiday. My wife and therapist both would probably say this is an unconscious attempt on my part to exert control and impose order on my world, but whatever. On the day after Thanksgiving, I get a tree, a real one, because I’ve already forgotten how hard it was to dispose of last year’s tree. I tune my radio dial to whichever station is playing only Christmas songs for the next month, since the only thing worse than cheesy carols you’ve heard a million times is not being able to find them. At home, I will flip the television to ABC Family, and indulge in their “25 Days of Christmas,” which is a potent form of meth to anyone who likes Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation way too much. At some point, I will set aside a night to take in our community theater’s rendition of A Christmas Carol, and set another night aside to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. On Christmas Eve, I will go to church an hour early with my parents, because this is the one night of the year when it’s going to be hard to find seats. Afterwards, we eat a traditional Christmas dinner of grilled cheese, and open half our presents. The next day, we open the rest of the gifts, and then head off to or host a family gathering. There will be overeating, overdrinking, and eventually, halfway through, I will settle into a half-drunk melancholy that it is already over, and that despite ever-lowering expectations, it didn’t quite live up to that ineffable something I can’t even define. Then it’s back to work, and the realization of four more months of dark nights, slushy sidewalks, slick streets, and bitter cold before the breath of life returns. There’s nothing happier than Christmas Eve; there is nothing more depressing than December 26. Amidst the flurry of shopping, baking, Jimmy Stewart, and stop-motion animation, I usually find time to read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I feel it is a necessary bit of adoration towards the man who invented this holiday, or at least planted the seeds that eventually grew into the modern-day capitalist festival Christmas now embodies (and I say that in a good way).I once devised a little theory that all Christmas movies spring from A Christmas Carol. Like all my crackpot theories, this one takes only a second to disprove (Silent Night, Deadly Night being sui generis); however, there is some truth to it. You can see the echo of A Christmas Carol’s lesson-and-redemption arc in everything from It’s a Wonderful Life to Home Alone to any of the dozen of made-for-Lifetime movies in which a hard-charging career woman is shown how great her life would’ve been had she simply married that hillbilly lunkhead from her yokel town instead of going to law school.The ubiquity of A Christmas Carol becomes more apparent each year. There are live-action film versions (Alistair Sims, George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart), cartoon versions (Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Mr. Magoo), contemporary versions (Scrooged), and the greatest version of them all: A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, of course. The thing you realize when you actually read Dickens’ words is that all of these versions hew incredibly close to the text. The ultimate testament to Dickens’ plot, structure, dramatic set pieces, and dialogue is the fact that since its publication in 1843, countless writers have found little room in which to improve Dickens’ work. If you (like me) find Dickens’ long, picaresque, serialized novels a chore, you can rest easy with A Christmas Carol. There are no rambling digressions, no multiple plot threads, no laundry list of quirky supporting characters. This is a lean, taut, quick little read. Every chapter has a defined purpose; every plot-point leads inevitably to the climax. The main character, miser Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by four ghosts. The first, his long dead partner Jacob Marley, sets out the parameters of the story: that three other ghosts will visit Scrooge to teach him the meaning of Christmas, and by extension, how to live a better life all the year long. The first meeting of man and ghost, a seriocomic scene set in Scrooge’s bedchambers, is classic Dickens, and manages to balance pedantry with humor (by way of some un-improvable dialogue).After Jacob’s departure, Scrooge repairs to his bed, to await the other ghosts. First is the Ghost of Christmas Past (“Long past?” “Your past”),who transports Scrooge to his childhood, where we learn of Scrooge’s strained relationship with his father, his close relationship with his sister, and the lost love of his life, a woman named Belle, who Scrooge forsook for money. The scenes with the Ghost of Christmas Past have always been my favorite, because they toy with the very foundations upon which Christmas is built: a slightly melancholic nostalgia for the way things were, or how we remembered them to be. Next, the Ghost of Christmas Present arrives. He presents as a jolly man, but the longer we spend time with him – meeting Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit, and his crippled son, Tiny Tim; looking in on the Christmas party of Scrooge’s nephew, Fred – the more of a pedagogue he becomes. By the time Christmas Present takes his leave, he is lecturing us about Ignorance, Want, and Doom (and in many ways, reminding me of my drunken uncle who will down a bottle of wine before holding court on a variety of topics ranging from Indian gaming to Jesuits to the Irish). Finally, there is the Ghost of Christmas Future, who shows Scrooge the misery and death that awaits if he does not change his ways. The third ghost has always been a bit too on-the-nose for my taste (and I find Dickens straining with the pawn shop scene), though the bleak, oppressive picture Christmas Future paints nicely sets up the rousing finale, where Scrooge wakes up a better man, and then runs around scaring people with his newfound largesse. The other stories contained in this volume barely rate a mention. Unless you are feeling very charitable, they are of a literary interest only. For instance, in The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton, you see many of the elements (a Christmas humbug, ghosts) that Dickens would later use to better effect in A Christmas Carol. In The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, written post-Carol, Dickens introduces another pedagogic specter. This ghost allows a man named Redlaw to lose all memories of his sufferings and sorrows, with generally bad consequences. This story blatantly attempts to capitalize on the popularity of A Christmas Carol – complete with a lesson! – and unfortunately indulges in Dickens’ weakness for overly-wacky characters. Somehow, A Christmas Carol never gets old to me. Not in Muppet form, or Magoo form, or in the original novella. In its conclusion, with a turkey as big as a child, and its promise of parties featuring mulled wine and Blind Man’s Bluff, you are given a version of an idealized Christmas: the table is full, family is present, and the children are healthy. In presenting this idealized Christmas, Dickens managed to capture the importance of memory to this holiday. When you were young, time started to slow in December, and then stopped completely during that hour-long church service standing between you and your gift-wrapped toys. As you get older, Christmas comes and goes much quicker, and leaves you weighing this year’s festivities (often unfavorably) to all that came before. Years pass, and the composition of your family changes through addition and subtraction, through birth and death. Coming as it does so near the end of the year, Christmas becomes a transitory signpost along mortality’s road. Our Christmas traditions, though, push back against mortality, and place us instead along a continuum. Sure, maybe Grandma is gone, but her ornaments are still on the tree, glittering like they have since World War II. Tradition keeps her alive, and will keep us alive when we are gone. Dickens used Christmas Past, Present, and Future to change Scrooge. Those are also the very elements that we require in our own celebrations: the memories of the past; our friends and family in the present; and the knowledge in the future that this will always exist. (Also, gifts would be nice).

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-03-04 10:19

    “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”A classic Christmas tale, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old man, who is visited by his deceased business partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come one Christmas Eve. Their intention is to help Scrooge realise the error in his ways and to help his transform into a better person.Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol – the story has been adapted numerous times and these movies are watched by a lot of people each Christmas. Admittedly, A Christmas Carol was never my favourite Christmas movie, I think I watched it once as a child and just didn’t “get it”. So I thought it was time to read the story instead, and safe to say, I really enjoyed it. I even went on to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol after with a renewed interest in it and have a feeling I’ll now revisit it annually.It’s a great book to get yourself into the Christmas spirit, Dickens really excels at creating that atmosphere and the way you feel around the festive period. Scrooge’s character development and overall tale of redemption is well-executed and he becomes pretty likeable by the end. I love how it really represents what Christmas is all about – showing empathy and generosity and generally trying to be a better human. Well, to be honest, that’s how we should be all year around! But we all know Christmas is the time that people do show extra compassion towards each other. So, yeah, I really enjoyed A Christmas Carol and would give it 4 stars.Dickens is known for being “wordy”, but thankfully A Christmas Carol does not fall victim to this. However, the same cannot be said for the other stories and essays found within this edition. Oh my godddddd, some of them just went on forever and it felt like Dickens was just babbling about a lot of nonsense. My eyes were glazing over and I sincerely regretted not just buying the novella on its own! Some of the other stories WERE enjoyable though, such as The Story of the Goblins who Stole A Sexton. However, the worst for me was The Haunted Man – actually longer than A Christmas Carol, it had me skimming through parts in sheer boredom. The stories almost felt repetitive at times, as if Dickens was trying to hammer home the same idea over and over again. Some kind of spectral being appears and makes you realise what Christmas is really all about… I got it! So that’s why I’ve rounded down the overall rating to 3 stars.

  • emma
    2019-03-03 13:32

    3.75/5cute! i was warned a million times about dickens's wordiness, but i had no problem with it here. (i'm very wordy myself when writing, so it'd be hypocritical to hate it.)this never fully grabbed my attention, but i never minded reading it. i've of course seen the story done before (community theater! the mickey cartoon! etc etc) so it wasn't fresh by any means, but i'm glad i read it.bottom line: this is a good read-in-a-lifetime book! i recommend it.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-02 10:15

    3.5 stars4 stars for A Christmas Carol/2 or 3 for the othersI'm not sure how I've gotten to be the age I am without ever reading A Christmas Carol (I've never seen the movie either). I'm really glad that I decided to rectify that problem this year. I really enjoyed the well known tale of the ghosts of Christmas. The other stories were not bad but I didn't feel they had the same magic. This collection has some really interesting information in an appendix on Dickens's use of The Arabian Nights, a book which I really want to read.

  • Tracey
    2019-03-19 09:21

    Only Mr Charles Dickens could ever dream of animating Christmas Fayre with his wonderous prose as he does some chestnuts and a Spanish Onion in A Christmas Carol .There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out onto the street in there apoplectic opulence. There were ruddy, brown faced, wide –girthed Spanish Onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars; and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by, and glanced demurely at the hung mistletoe .The way he relates the visitations of the spirits indeed I include the visit of Marley who he sees’ first in the knocker on his door are so visual in the description that as I said this morning the film makers over the years of this tale been made had a relatively easy time of it because the characters were all there so well formed and described.I loved this book , it was the first time of reading it for me and I have a feeling that I may read it again if not all of it then for certain parts of it before Christmas.So Mr Dickens for me you are the master at story telling .I thank you for your stories and cannot wait to read more in the coming year.p.s If you read only one book over Christmas make it this one it is joyous.Merry Christmas xxUpdate 22 December 2015Each time I read this story it is more perfect. I see the characters in my minds eye especially the spirits that visit our poor Mr Scrooge. I won't add anymore quotes into my review but just a little note to myself for next year about Mr Fezziwigs party, so well described I felt I was there watching with Scrooge and the spirit of Christmas past. Again Merry Christmas to you all. x

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2019-03-20 08:26

    Whenever I start a book like this, I expect for it to put me in the Christmas mood, and so it did! From the very first page, I could feel the crispness of the snow under my feet and the chill of the weather, and I didn't mind at all that we were in a graveyard! Most of these Christmas stories contain pure magic - I especially loved the Sexton one and the legendary A Christmas Carol. Other stories didn't intrigue me that much but they still put me in the mood for Christmas. So all in all, I would say that this book was a success that needs to be repeated every Christmas in the many years to come.

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-03-12 11:09

    "I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."

  • Grace Tjan
    2019-03-14 09:13

    I suppose that a story that is so ubiquitous during Christmas time as this one needs no introduction. I can see why it has been constantly popular for more than one hundred years. I appreciate the writing and craft that goes into the story, the social commentary, the worthy morals, and the affection that generations of readers have for it. But I hated it. Yes, it's official, I'm the Grinch and (pre-reformed) Scrooge rolled into one. I have a heart made of stone, or at least something equally hard, immune to the plight of tiny, poor, crippled tots and destitute Victorian families who couldn't afford a stuffed goose for their Christmas tables. I found the story to be simplistic, with sketchy, largely one dimensional characters, and so drenched in sugary sentimentality that it made my teeth hurt. I can deal with sentimentality, but such a massive, industrial-strength dose of it renders me comatose, instead of being genuinely moved. *slinking away to hide under a rock until Christmas is over*

  • Sean Wilson
    2019-03-13 10:05

    How can you rate one of the greatest morality novellas of all time? It's a Christmas classic! Preaching compassion, sympathy, empathy and generosity, A Christmas Carol is beautifully written, atmospheric, playful and politically charged.

  • Lupurk
    2019-03-14 15:32

    Ho letto solo "Canto di Natale", che merita sicuramente 5 stelline. Una di quelle storie che tanto si sanno, ma vale la pena leggere perché lo stile è davvero incantevole...e perché un po' di sano spirito natalizio scalda sempre il cuore!

  • Lucie
    2019-03-10 10:18

    I absolutely loved the different themes Dickens talked about in his Christmas writings. It did feel a bit repetitive at times, as it was made of stories set at Christmas with similar themes and I did enjoy some more than others (my detailed ratings will come tomorrow), but I loved A Christmas Carol so much that it outshined the rest. A perfect read to be in a festive mood at the end of the year!

  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    2019-03-01 14:18

    *Rated 3.5/5 stars

  • Lesle
    2019-03-01 09:17

    Reminds me what Christmas is all about...the giving ♥ (2015)Wonderful story of compassion.The book also contains two other Christmas stories. The Haunted Man is what I read this time (2016). Again the story is set at Christmas eve, a darker and more subtle take revolves around the fate of a teacher of chemistry, named Redlaw, whose lonely existence is oppressed by a host of gloomy memories. Redlaw wants to be rid of every bad memory of suffering, unhappiness, and wrong that he has ever known. His wish is granted, only to realize that he has destroyed who he really is!

  • Erin Clemence
    2019-03-09 16:07

    I rounded this novel up to 4, as an average for all the stories in this novel. This novel is a collection of Dickens' Christmas stories, including "A Christmas Carol", five other Christmas-themed stories, fourteen very short Christmas stories, and three short Christmas stories he co-wrote. For the sake of time and space, I have only included the five Christmas stories in this review. A Christmas Carol: 5Obviously. There is no need to sum up this story's plot so I won't go into it. This story is the most recognized and traditional Christmas story in history and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Chimes: 4 "Trotty" is a pauper who is struggling to survive in a world that believes he (and others like him) should be "put down". The chimes from the bells of the local church ring out the rhythm to his life. When he falls down the church tower and has a near-death experience, he returns to his life determined to value those he holds dear. This story is similar to "A Christmas Carol", except for the fact that Trotty is a pauper, and he appears to be undeserving of his harsh experiences.A Cricket on the Hearth: 3 Told from the point of view of "the narrator", the young, newly married couple that are the protagonists, hear a 'cricket on the hearth' and deem that to be good luck. The story is a love story between Dot and John (our cricket homeowners), May and Edward (their young friends), and Caleb and his blind daughter.This story is not Christmas themed (in reality, the young couple were married on New Years and they talk about how their one year anniversary is coming up) and unrealistic to the extreme. (We are to assume that rich, old Tackleton will simply give up his bride-to-be because he knows she is in love with someone else, who has miraculously returned to town). Dickens' stories are hard to follow with his archaic, poetic language, and this story had no plot, which made it even more of a challenge.The Book of Life: 3This story takes place around Christmas but does not have a strong holiday theme, and, like its previous stories, it revolves around a near-death experience which challenges the main characters to re-examine their world views. In this story, one sister sacrifices the love of her life for her sister (who has been in love with him for years) which, although altruistic, is also unbelievable and speaks to the dated era of Dickens. I thoroughly enjoyed the roles of Clementine and Britain however, the two destined housekeepers.The Haunted Man: 4This story is most similar to "The Christmas Carol". Our main character, the Chemist Redlaw, has had his memories of loss, pain and trauma taken away from him (voluntarily) and he spends the plot of the story trying to regain them, as he learns that he cannot fully appreciate happiness without the counterweight of sadness. Not particularly Christmas-themed either, but the theme is very reminiscent of the season. I enjoyed the introduction particularly, as it detailed the life of Charles Dickens and how he came to write "A Christmas Carol" and its subsequent stories. I became entirely obsessed with his life after this, and believe he deserves full props and respect for being the literary figure he is. These stories are difficult to read due to their poetic language (think Shakespeare) but the themes remain true and the literary caliber is five-star.

  • Pamela
    2019-03-23 15:09

    Christmas - love and hope - the truest essence of joy, generosity, grace, and mercy - is so beautifully and imaginatively conveyed through Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. One of my favorite Christmastime stories of all times.One can be rich in materialism, wealthy beyond measure, but poor and loathsome in spirit. A real Bah Humbug - Scrooge. And one can be poor or of modest means by the world's standards, yet rich in all things of priceless, eternal worth. Such as Bob Cratchit (love the play on words, chit being a voucher owed). Or Fezziwig (another great pun), who was blessed materialistically yet also generous, kind, jovial, and caring. While reading A CHRISTMAS CAROL, I found it quite uncanny how I kept envisioning the film version starring Jim Carrey; the verbiage, dialogue and prophetic specters were genuinely and brilliantly captured by writer/vissionary-storyteller Robert Zemeckis.As for the other two Dickens tales, they weren't nearly as delightful or appealing as A CHRISTMAS CAROL. THE CHIMES, from my perspective, was altogether bizarre. Not to mention, morose and rambling on top of being overtly political. Perhaps if I were better versed in eighteenth and nineteenth century British history/politics/customs, I might have found the deeper meaning of those peeling bells and Alderman Cute. THE CRICKET ON THE HEART was an interesting little story. I liked the characters, human and otherwise; the teakettle was a fun imaginative pairing to the Cricket). And the character names, natural-world puns, were also frolicking, telltale puns. Though I enjoyed this story, to a casual degree, once again I found my lack of extensive British-isms and history to be my downfall. Otherwise, I might have fully grasp the deeper meaning behind the "chirping" fray. I would also like to make note, the anthology's addendum - mini-bio and forward written by an unnamed READERS DIGEST staff member - was quite fascinating. Prior to, I wasn't aware of Dickens' trips to the United States reading his Christmas novelas in dramatic 'Reader's Theatre' fashion to factory workers and those of lesser means - not merely to the elite or scholarly literary circles. The afterward by A. Edward Newton in 1923 was equally enlightening. According to Newton, THE CHRISTMAS CAROL has been "translated into almost every language under heaven" And a letter penned by Robert Louis Stevenson, as told by Newton, states: "I don't know that I would recommend you to read the 'Carol', because it is too much, perhaps. But oh, dear God, it is good - and I feel so good after it, and would do anything, yes, and shall do everything to make the world a little better . . ."Indeed, the world is a better place for Dickens and his Christmas Carol - in prose - for inspiring us all to be kinder, gentler, more forgiving, more generous, more loving - and give God the praise. Five Stars: A Christmas CarolTwo Stars: The ChimesThree Stars: The Cricket on the Hearth

  • Robert
    2019-02-24 13:35

    Christmas writings seem to often be drenched in nostalgia - even T.S. Eliot succumbed to it with The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Dylan Thomas is another example. Dickens is no exception, with additional syrupy sentimentalism and overt Christian evangelism mixed with supernatural elements. Other famous Dickensian themes are also present; urban poverty and social injustice.I found much of the book forgettable, the exceptions being the two longer stories, A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man. The former had little impact, bled of all power by exposure to countless pop culture re-tellings. The latter made more of an impression - not only unfamiliar but showing some skill at atmosphere in the supernatural parts, which I could have wished for more of. The moral that our sorrows, troubles and wrongs are what make us empathetic and compassionate is as heavy handed as the tone of the much more famous tale of Scrooge.So, dear readers, my limited experiences with Dickens have not been very positive: Hard Times as a teenager was a disaster. This was mostly meh. I want to give him one last chance, though, and I enlist your help: what is the ONE novel likely to convert me into a Dickens fan? Suggestions in the comments, please!

  • Katelyn Buxton
    2019-03-18 08:06

    A Christmas Carol5 out of 5 stars[I copied this from my original review of it, which can be found here:]This book is weird. This book is spooky. This book is deep. But it also captures so perfectly the essence of Christmas—that “goodwill towards mankind”—that makes the season so beautiful—and now can Christmas hurry up already?? (I may have read it a little too early.) :PI have to say, though, that one of my favorite parts came early on when Marley’s ghost visited Scrooge:’You are fettered,’ said Scrooge, trembling. ‘Tell me why?’‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?’Though I don’t believe in ghosts, and certainly don’t believe that anyone is cursed to “go forth” in death if they didn’t in life, it was a very vivid picture of the chains we all end up trapped in at some point—the chains that only God can free us from. Marley’s chains were made of cash boxes and other things related to the miserly business he and Scrooge conducted. It was a sobering reminder that we aren’t to get so caught up in our business that we forget to be a blessing in other peoples’ lives. And that’s something we all need to remember from time to time—both during the Christmas season, when it seems to come so naturally, and the rest of the year.Also, I’d just like to say that Scrooge is one of the most well-thought-out characters that I’ve ever come across, especially in older fiction. In the beginning Dickens introduces him as the most tight-fisted, crotchety old miser there ever was, but then he colored in his past and made me pity him, since he hadn’t always been that way, and by the end, Scrooge has undergone a tremendous change in his arc, and his joy at having been given a second chance was palpable.All in all, it’s a new favorite, and will probably become a yearly Christmas-time read for me. (In fact I read it twice this December, after reading it for the very first time—which says a lot, coming from a person that hardly ever rereads books!)The Chimes3 out of 5 starsAdmittedly, it’s got to be tough to be the story that comes directly after A Christmas Carol, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much. It was a biting satire highlighting the way rich people brainwash themselves and the poor people under them with comfortable lies—comfortable lies about how they’re a Friend and Father to the poor when they really do nothing but Put them Down. That made it rather depressing, for a large part of the book, since the main character “dies” early on, and in ghostly form watches his beloved daughter travel a hard path on her own, and ultimately try to commit suicide, because she believes the lies. The darker feel of this one knocked off two stars, since I personally don’t enjoy that as much, but it was extremely effective in its satire, and the characters were vivid, and the plot as well thought out as ever, thus the three I left.The Haunted Man3 out of 5 starsThis one was a little darker as well, but not as much as The Chimes, I thought. It was kind of a rewriting of the Midas’ Touch idea... except instead of turning everything he touched to gold, the main character erased all the memories of sorrow and wrong that a person had. Which sounds good in theory, but those times of suffering help us to appreciate the good times all the more, and without them everyone turned miserable and ungrateful. It was really thought-provoking, thus the three stars, but it didn’t grab me as much as some stories, and it felt a little dark. (Not “bad” dark, just depressing dark.) :PAltogether I rated A Christmas Carol and Other Stories four stars since A Christmas Carol had rocketed so high on my list of favorite books, but the other two weren’t as impressive. Worth a read, definitely, but hard acts to watch after the first, which was such a work of genius. :P

  • Rikke
    2019-03-05 14:21

    "A Christmas Carol" is of course worthy of five stars, but as this is a review of the entire volume as a whole, I have settled on four stars instead.You can't say "Christmas" without saying "Dickens". It is an undying rule and also a tribute to how great a writer Dickens truly was. How he managed to capture the perfect essence of the Christmas spirit in one small book and therefore creating an everlasting mark on our way to perceive this particular holiday. It is both an astonishing and remarkable accomplishment. "There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas."Besides the classic Christmas Carol, I also enjoyed the little essay "Christmas Festivities", which was delightful and heartwarming to read. Dickens managed to portray the most wonderful Christmas scene in six pages and as I read it I couldn't help but to smile. I also loved the detailed description in "A Christmas Tree" where Dickens minutiously describes a Christmas tree and the thrilling fantasy flights it produces in the minds of children. "The Seven Poor Travellers" was enjoyable as well, however I did struggle with "The Haunted Man" which is why the rating ended on four stars. "Reflect upon your present blessings - of which everyman has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Fill your glass again, with a merry face and a contended heart."What struck me when reading this collection of Christmas writings was the nostalgic feeling Dickens associates with Christmas in general. In almost every story, Christmas is tightly connected with remembering the ones that has passed away and wishing them well wherever they might be. Nowhere is that as evident as in "What Christmas is, as We Grow Older", where Dickens seems to reflect upon the changes that each Christmas brings and the acceptance that is necessary in order to cope and move forward. This gives the writings a deeper and more sincere angle and provides a beautiful morale for the stories.

  • Μαριάννα
    2019-02-25 14:25

    Οσες φορές και αν το διαβάσω σε καθε διασκευή πάντα θα βρίσκω και κάτι νεό να σημειώσω, μα είναι ένα χριστουγεννιάτικο θαύμα, είναι ένα αριστούργημα, η ωραιότερη χριστουγεννιάτικη ιστορία που γράφτηκε ποτέ από χέρι ανθρώπου! Εκπληξη όμως αποτελεί και το χριστουγεννιάτικο δέντρο του Ντίκενς, δεν το'χα ξαναδιαβάσει όπου μιλά για όνειρα, αγάπη, ιστορίες του παρελθόντος που μαγεύουν ενα παιδι. " Αθώα και καλοδεχούμενα να είναι πάντα τα Χριστούγεννα κάτω από τα κλαδιά του Χριστουγεννιατικου δέντρου που δε ρίχνει πια καμιά μελαγχολική σκιά, όλα αυτά γίνονται για να θυμάστε πάντα το νόμο της αγάπης και της καλοσύνης του ελέους και της συμπόνοιας"

  • AmberBug **
    2019-03-06 11:17

    Oh, Dickens... you've done it again. Pulling at my heartstrings during this special time of year, Christmas. I'm so glad I decided to read this during the Holiday. You see, I'm always left with a bad feeling during Christmas because it makes me so neurotic. Cleaning, shopping, making food, parties, no time to do everything... CHAOS! I detest the feeling of "GO GO GO" and "BUY EVERYTHING". I wish we could live in the times when Christmas was all about giving to those in need and gathering round a table full of Christmas goodies and cheer.Reading this has relaxed my anxiety during this Holiday season and I think this might become a tradition... Amber, you must read A Christmas Carol every year before you start going crazy from all the expectations. The characters are as wonderful as any others Dickens writes and the comedy is tenfold when it comes to Scrooge (as I viewed him before to what he is in the book). I think everyone should read "A Christmas Carol" before the Holiday and try and take the meaning to heart!As for Dickens other stories in the book... my favorite was the "Christmas Tree". This story was unlike anything I would have expected out of Dickens and could very well be one of my favorite short stories of all time. It starts out describing a Christmas tree that we can all relate to and then meanders through life through the telling of tales that relate to the tree. Each story is philosophical and rich with description, enough to catch you off guard for a few paragraphs until you get into the flow again. This story was amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Nhi Nguyễn
    2019-03-14 08:09

    Wow wow wow, what more can I say? When it comes to Christmas stories, Charles Dickens is THE BEST!!! I love how he didn't preach with his stories, but gracefully, through his masterful talent of telling tales, inserted the life lessons and parables that he wanted to convey to the readers into those stories. He let us feel, hope, ache and shed those joyful tears with the characters that he created, in the spirit and ambience of Christmas - the most wonderful time of the year!While "The Chimes" bears some resemblance to Dickens' masterpiece "A Christmas Carol", "A Cricket on the Heart" is my favorite out of all stories and essays written in this book. The way he described a typical family during the Victorian era, who was going through a tough time due to some misunderstandings, was so enthralling. And I love how he regarded Christmas as a joyful time for not only celebration, but also forgiveness and unity, especially among family members. This little book is best enjoyed beside a fireplace, with a cup of hot chocolate in your hand, because it's so rich in texture and meaning. Of course, there were many things Charles Dickens wrote that I didn't quite understand, and it took me a lot of rereading to grasp them (maybe due to the fact that this is a 19th century work of literature). But man, the stories were still so enjoyable, lovable and captivating <3 <3 <3

  • Veridiana Ferreira
    2019-03-07 11:17

    What a great read!!! I sometimes struggle with lengthy descriptions but this book is awesome! The descriptions are a big part of the storytelling and Dickens was so clever, what are those plot twists???!!! I could not put the book down!!! I loved the ghost stories so much, and how they were very intriguing and comic, all at once! It's also pretty awesome to see that this incredible work with such incredible stories inspired not only common readers such as myself, but also one of my all time favorite authors!

  • Aritalectora empedernida
    2019-02-24 12:27

    Le doy 2/5

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    2019-02-26 11:21

    Christmas time is the perfect time to read A Christmas Carol and Penguin's clothbound edition of A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings is a joy to behold on the shelf and in the hand.My admiration for the writing of Charles Dickens began after reading Oliver Twist, I was interested to see if this classic would live up to my expectations. I'm pleased to report that it did.It's hard to believe that an author's work from more than 160 years ago can still warm the heart and tantalise the mind, yet here it is. Dickens has the most incredible ability to describe his characters in the most entertaining fashion that I wanted to read sections aloud just to share the brilliance of his writing.The following quote was my favourite though and appeared on page 87:"If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blest in a laugh than Scrooge's nephew, all I can say is, I should like to know him too. Introduce him to me, and I shall cultivate his acquaintance."I'm not quite sure what it is about the quote, but perhaps I'm drawn by the idea of cultivating one's acquaintance and how magical it seems. How 'of the times'.I thoroughly recommend A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings to readers of all ages to be enjoyed in November/December, although it can - in truth - be enjoyed at any time of year.

  • Richard Kramer
    2019-02-28 08:27

    I have lived many years thinking I'd read this, but that was actually a big, big lie. I knew the key stuff, because everyone does. But had I read it? No! So, this Christmas, I did. It explodes with high spirits, sentimentality, comedy, hunger for life and fear of the darkness, like most of his stuff. I had two little insights about it, possibly worthless, but not to me. The first is that Scrooge and Marley were more than business partners. They lived together, were both "bachelors"; I thought, at some level, the book might be about Scrooge's failure to mourn Marley, or to have learned from his life example. I wouldn't put these thoughts into the author's head, but why not possibly imagine that his view of life was so comprehensive (which it was) that it could also take in the phenomenon of two gentlemen who were "partners"?Also, I came up with the notion that maybe Scrooge was Dickens's feared projection of his own future. He was at the height of his own early phenomenal success when he wrote this. Was he afraid he might be at risk of becoming someone who lived only for money, someone for whom money might be a shield against life?

  • Brianne Hepworth
    2019-03-21 16:28

    I actually enjoyed reading this book. I am obviously familiar with the story, but not completely. My last encounter with Dickens was when I was 16 and I read Great Expectations. While I remember enjoying that book, I also remember I had a REALLY hard time understanding it. Sadly, this book wasn't that different. I often had to reread sentences or paragraphs, or I would just trek on and hope that eventually through context clues I would understand. In the end, I comprehended most everything of what I read, though it took some work. Overall, it was a good story. Rushed in ways, but seemingly just the right length. I hope to read the other stories contained in this volume soon.

  • Claudia
    2019-02-26 10:33


  • GypsyBookworm
    2019-03-26 16:16

    One of the best Dickens books. A moving story that shows anyone they have the power to transform their life. A beautiful story about love and redemption. A classic.

  • Jason
    2019-02-27 15:12

    Reviews for the contents of this book are linked below.1-1-17 update:I think I got this from Barnes and Noble for $7.00? It's worth every penny and not one cent more. I should've known that any 750 page hardback that cheap from B&N had to be defective in some manner or another. I got this book because I found out in an Amazon review that another Dickens Christmas book I had gotten, The Complete Christmas Stories of Charles Dickens, cut parts of the stories out. If there was a collaboration with another author (or several other authors), the parts with the other authors were cut out. I didn't want to read incomplete stories, so I got this book. Well, it turns out this suffers from the same deficiency. I just found that out tonight after making a point to read the bloody collaborations in December, and my thoughts on the publisher, Fall River Press, now run like this.There are six collaborative efforts in this collection: "Mugby Junction," "The Seven Poor Travellers," "The Wreck of the Golden Mary," "The Holly Tree Inn," "Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings," and "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy." However, only Dickens' part is included. A couple of the stories felt incomplete, and now I understand why. And not only did they not put a disclaimer to that effect on the title page, they flat-out lie about it in the introduction. Take this sentence (please!): "Particularly noteworthy contributions to the magazine (All the Year Round) include the multi-contributor tale 'Dr. Marigold,' for which Dickens and Collins each wrote two chapters, and Dickens's solo story 'Mugby Junction.'"Let's look at a few errors. In this very book on page 483 we have the title "Dr. Marigold - in Three Chapters." Last time I checked two and two made four. Even if they took out Collins' portion, that would still leave us with two chapters, and I'm not sure that "Dr. Marigold" was a collaborative effort with Collins in the first place. There's a separate section at the end with three stories under the heading "Written with Wilkie Collins," and "Dr. Marigold" ain't in it. But I don't trust this editor, so I really don't know what to make of any of that.As for "Dickens's solo story 'Mugby Junction...'" Mah-fah, he wrote it with four other people, and I can prove it! This book has the first four chapters which Dickens wrote, but omits the last four chapters which were written by Andrew Halliday, Charles Collins (Wilkie's brother according to the internet), Hesba Stretton, and Amelia B. Edwards. Solo story my eye!I don't think the editor intended to pull the wool over the public's eyes, but just practiced some shoddy research and compilation techniques. That doesn't mean this is a completely worthless collection. It has the five Christmas books and several other stories which Dickens wrote sans assistance. But I'm very disappointed that I didn't get the full versions of the six I mentioned.The only reason I know of any of this is that my opinion was solicited by someone doing her doctorate on the collaborations. Suddenly I felt important and considered taking up pipe smoking again (tobacco, not crack, just to be clear), and I wanted to make a good impression with my scholarly insights. But I'm afraid I showed myself to be a complete rube from the onset, though she did say my opinion supports her research argument. I have no idea what that argument is, but I suspect it involves us members of the hoi-polloi not knowing that the Dickens we're reading is not the whole story. How many things can you find wrong with that sentence? I don't care, I'm not fixing it. This missing pieces thing has me mad enough to wanna book passage on The Golden Mary; I feel cheated.But now I'm educated, and I have a mission to find the complete stories so I won't be bereft with next year's yuletide reading. This is proving to be rather difficult. Most of the stories at the Gutenberg Project are incomplete also, "Mugby Junction" being the exception. I found one thing that's available on a Kindle that claims to have the complete version of all of them, but I don't want it on a Kindle (I don't have an e-reader). I want it in a book, dammit. I'll report back on all this next year when I finish the stories in here I haven't read yet... if I decide to finish them, that is. Only one of them is definitely a Dickens-only dealio. Another is "Dr. Marigold" which may or may not have been written with Collins and may or may not include his contribution. The other two claim to have been written with Collins, but I have no guarantee that his portion is included. The one I've read so far in the Collins section, "The Wreck of the Golden Mary" is definitely missing parts and ends abruptly. (Details in the review itself.) Oh, what a pisser.The Christmas Books:Read Lord knows how many times since 2000 or so:A Christmas Carol ★★★★★Read in 2013:The Chimes ★★★✰✰The Cricket on the Hearth ★★★★✰Read in 2014:The Battle of Life ★★✰✰✰The Haunted Man ★★★★✰The Short Stories:Read in 2014:The Story of the Goblins who Stole a Sexton ★★★★✰Read in 2015:A Christmas Tree ★★✰✰✰What Christmas Is as We Grow Older ★✰✰✰✰The Poor Relation's Story ★★✰✰✰The Child's Story ★★★✰✰The Schoolboy's Story ★★★☆☆Nobody's Story ★★★☆☆The Seven Poor Travellers ★★★☆☆ (2.5)The Holly-Tree ★★✰✰✰Read in 2016:Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings ★★★★✰ (3.5)Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy ★★★☆☆Mugby Junction ★★★★✰The Wreck of the Golden Mary ★★★☆☆ (2.5)Read in 2017:Going into Society ★★★☆☆Pending Doctor Marigold ★★★☆☆ (2.5)To read later:Collaborations with Wilkie Collins:Pending No ThoroughfarePending The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices