Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

Charles Dickens Eleanor Farjeon / Feb 20, 2020

Christmas Books A Christmas Carol The Chimes The Cricket on the Hearth The Battle of Life The Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain None

  • Title: Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain
  • Author: Charles Dickens Eleanor Farjeon
  • ISBN: 9780192545145
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
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      • Charles Dickens Eleanor Farjeon

        Charles 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 from


    1. Maybe I deserved this for my recent Dickens idolatry. Maybe I loved him too much and I needed to be reminded that he's only human, 'cause this was hella weak. Well, A Christmas Carol is pretty good, though not nearly as good as I remembered it being from my childhood. The Battle of Life is vaguely good and The Haunted Man is decent, but The Cricket On the Hearth is weak and I loathed The Chimes.My theory on Dickens is that longer Dickens is better Dickens. The shorter his stuff gets, the more sl [...]

    2. I'm not sure how to rate this since I only read the first of four (five?) stories, A Christmas Carol. I am glad I read that one, though. Although it's such a short "book" (I think it actually qualifies as a novella) that pretty much everything in it is familiar -- all the little details, for example Marley holding his jaw together with a cloth -- from all the various adaptations. It's not like Dune or something where everything is different and you can revel in the differences.Anyway it was okay [...]

    3. Of the five Christmas novellas that Dickens wrote, I liked The Cricket on the Hearth the best. I actually cried and went through three tissues which I've never done before. The Chimes is a really weird read and increased my respect for Dickens as an experimental author willing to push the medium. The one I liked least was A Battle of Life. What I like about Dickens is that he writes from the heart. His compassion for the poor and unfortunate shines through. I got the sense that he really cared f [...]

    4. 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). Expectatio [...]

    5. The shadows upon Redlaw's mind succeeded thick and fast to one another, and obscured its light as the night-clouds hovered between the moon and earth, and kept the latter veiled in darkness. Fitful and uncertain as the shadows which the night-clouds cast, were their concealments from him, and imperfect revelations to him; and, like the night-clouds still, if the clear light broke forth for a moment, it was only that they might sweep over it, and make the darkness deeper than before. the Haunted [...]

    6. Dickens knew his audience and with the success of A Christmas Carol, he contracted for four more Christmas novellas in the ensuing years. The Cricket on the Hearth had some acclaim (though it's the most maudlin of the selection) and the others (The Chimes,The Haunted Man) have some of the supernatural elements, but these stories are only worth saying that you've read more of Dickens,even if it's bad to mediocre Dickens. Hint: read the other four first;then you can appreciate just how wonderful A [...]

    7. While A Christmas Carol, included within this collection, this lovely little ensemble of Charles Dickens' Christmas stories has introduced me to yet another that has become a favourite as well, namely, The Haunted Man. I recommend this collection for those two stories alone as well as the, in my opinion, lesser but still admirable stories about Christmas and the Christmas season.

    8. I actually only read A Christmas Carol and the Chimes, but I liked them. Dickens is funny to me, because I have a hard time paying attention. It's too easy for me to start thinking about other things while reading his work for me to truely get into his books, but I've noticed that it's always worth paying attention, because he requently says things in perfectly profound or witty ways. I wish things like those could come out of my mouth.

    9. A priceless collection for understanding the strange relationship "Americans" had with CA Indians once they were beaten into submission and therefore no longer a real threat - here are all those quotes about digger indians being some kind of a missing link between monkeys and human beings, etc sad, infuriating, but useful information in my research of family survival post-secularization.

    10. December 2009 is the perfect time to read A Christmas Carol,the first of five stories in this volume. The book also includes The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. Dickens wrote these tales "to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts." Way to go, Mr. Dickens.

    11. Finally made it all the way through this volume. The first three stories were really good but the last two were fairly disappointing. That's what results in the three-star rating.If you get hold of this volume, read "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes", and "Cricket on the Hearth." You can skip "The Battle of Life" and "A Haunted Man."

    12. I liked A Christmas Carol, as always, and The Cricket on the Hearth was okay, although I'm not exactly sure what makes it a Christmas story, since it takes place in mid-January. I couldn't plow my way through The Chimes, and I gave up on the book after that.

    13. All of Dickens' Christmas tales in one volume. Re-reading A Christmas Carol this time around. It has been a while since I visited Scrooge and his Spirits and it is speaking to me differently this time around -- I'm getting old?

    14. A Christmas carol is really the only one worth reading. The others are slow, and not even very Christmassy!

    15. Another yearly must-read. I admit, sometimes I only read A Christmas Carol but that's enough for me. Just because it's been done to death doesn't dilute the power of the original.

    16. C'est merveilleux, ça nous plonge dans l'ambiance de Noël, c'est bien écrit, cela s'enchaine parfaitement: quel rêve Dickens!Et puis on ne se lasse jamais de Mr Scrooge ;)

    17. I've enjoyed the story in so many forms, starting with the muppet one. Absolutely heart warming and hope giving, perfect for example reading it together with the family on a Christmas night.

    18. I love the classic's especially at christmas time.I enjoy hearing how christmas is suppose to be not how it is.I love christmas just not what our country has turned it in too.

    19. Charles Dickens at his best in "A Christmas Carol" "The Chimes" was a bit strange also includes "Cricket on the Heart" plus a couple others I had not heard of before. Good Christmas reading.

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