Christmas books

by Charles Dickens

Paper Book, 1987





Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987, 1954


The Christmas Books teem with colourful characters like Tilly Slowboy, Mr. Chute, Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Milly Swidger and the venomous old Tackleton. This anthology collects five of Dickens's most well-known Christmas stories.

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LibraryThing member jstuart
includes Dickens' short stories "A Christmas Carol," "The Chimes," "The Cricket on the Hearth," "The Battle of Life," and "The Haunted Man."
LibraryThing member isabelx
The Chimes
The Haunted Man
The Cricket on the Hearth
The Battle of Life
A Christmas Carol

I read this collection of stories 3 years ago for a Book Club and we all agreed that none of the other stories is a patch on "A Christmas Carol".

I did enjoy "The Cricket on the Hearth", a suspenseful story of possible infidelity, and "The Chimes", which was written a year after "A Christmas Carol" and has a similar story, with Trotty who has supposedly fallen to his death from the church bell tower is shown three future New Years by the spirits of the chimes and the ghost of a young girl who dies in one of those future visions.

The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain is the third story in this book in which various types of spirit show the protagonist the error of his ways.

And a final piece of advice - Don't start by reading "The Battle of Life" like I did, as it's possibly the most annoying story I have ever read!
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LibraryThing member Michael.Rimmer
The Christmas Books, while not always being set during the festive season, each exemplify some aspect of the spirit of charity and "goodwill to all men" that Dickens felt so important in the celebration of Christ's birth, and which he did so much to forge into what is now seen as "a traditional Christmas".

The Battle of Life: Self-sacrifice and familial love are the messages here. Some wonderfully drawn characters in Clemency Newcome (servant) and Messrs. Snitchey and Craggs (lawyers). Expectations are nicely confounded in this one.… (more)
LibraryThing member AliceAnna
A Christmas Carol has been adhered to fairly well in the adaptations I've seen -- I was a bit surprised. All of the others had a disturbing bent as well. The Haunted Man, though, would be the one I considered to be the best. The basic premise is that one can not truly appreciate the good things in life unless one has experienced adversity and hardship. Otherwise the good just doesn't mean as much. Powerful imagery throughout. I liked the line, "My mind is going blind."… (more)
LibraryThing member sf_addict
A Christmas Carol is a perennial favourite. The Chimes has its moments, but the rest of what I read is rather dull. Unfinished and now listed on bookmooch


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