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Book Title: A Christmas Carol and The Chimes (Everyman's Library)|
The author of the book: Charles Dickens
Edition: J. M. Dent
Date of issue: August 15th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780460870979
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Book 1 of Charles Dickens' The Christmas Books is composed of two beautiful classic stories or short novels: A Christmas Carol (1843) and The Chimes (1844). They are old, old works but their messages still sound true even up to now. Also, they are still very readable. In fact, I know some friends who make it a point to read A Christmas Carol every year.
A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. 5 STARS
The most popular among the 5 books included in this book, The Christmas Books. Why is my friend reading this yearly? It probably reminds her of the real meaning of Christmas. There is nothing wrong having merriment inside the house say with our loved ones. We give them gifts, we bring out our best recipes, we decorate the house, we play and sing Christmas carols. We celebrate Christmas and the coming of the babe in the manger. However, the activities should not stop there. We real meaning of Christmas is to reach out to the less fortunate people. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, we need to help the family of Little Tim and try to make their Christmas as happy and merry as ours. We should not wait for the three ghosts to come knocking at our doors to awake us and realize that Christmas is really about helping each other and not about material things. Please.
The Chimes: A Goblin Story. 4 STARS
Quite similar to A Christmas Carol since this came after Dickens got so popular with it. If Carol is set on Christmas Eve, Chimes is set on New Year's Eve. If Carol has the cynical, bitter and indifferent Scrooge, Chimes has the pessimistic Alderman Cute. Cute's putting down attitude on things dampen the spirits of the people around him and so they become pessimists like him and view the world negatively. The Chimes here are the bells near the place where the main protagonist Trotty works and each ringing of the Chimes has some effects to him. Effects that could make him reminiscence of the past or wake him up of his stupor to plan for the future. However, his future as well as his daughter Meg's are both bleak and that negativity is further dampened by Cute.
Like Carol, Chimes also ends up happily. Very appropriate holiday reads.
I am now looking forward to read Book 2 that includes the three other novellas or short stories in this seemingly beautiful classic The Christmas Books.
Merry Christmas, everyone! ho ho ho
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Read information about the authorCharles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner," he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: "To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England's most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world." His last words were: "On the ground", in response to his sister-in-law Georgina's request that he lie down.
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