A Christmas Carol, The Chimes & The Cricket on the Hearth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

A Christmas Carol, The Chimes & The Cricket on the Hearth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Christmas Carol, The Chimes & The Cricket on the Hearth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
TFWilliams More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this title to my Nook. It started off just fine but about 8 pages into A Christmas Carol there's an error and it seems like quite a few pages are missing. It was very confusing until I figured out that some pages were skipped, then it was just disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who could possibly think this book is bad?! Someone who doesn't like to read more than five-letter words, obviously. For you 'avid readers' who read more than smut, this classic book is a gem. Beautiful story, BEAUTIFULLY written. Worth much more than cliffnotes. Cliffnotes are the coward's way out of thinking.
Nazire More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection. I love many of Charles Dickens' works and this is quite heavenly, I must admit. I am not fond of Dickens' sexists attitudes and his ideal of femininity in a blonde, blue eyed, fair skinned, naive young woman who is always struggling and sacrificing her life for those around her; whether it be father, husband and or lover or children. Dickens believes that women must devote their entire lives and personalities to their families and families only. That is the only saving merit of women according to Dickens. However, Dickens writes beautifully. It's difficult and requires a refined taste in literature to appreciate Dickens' work. Dickens wrote in another time where grammar, syntax and diction of his characters varied greatly. The idea of novel itself was new and later in his life began to settle down. His morals, themes, flaws and characters closely follow the values held in Victorian era by all and the fall backs along with the negatives in that era are clearly demonstrated in numerous ways. Therefore many of the qualities that makes Dickens' work a classic makes it a difficult read for those in the 21st Century. However, Dickens is one of the fathers of the novel and his work must be closely read and attention must be paid into the details he provides within his stories. Dickens plots are layered upon layers and each character serves a purpose. Sometimes at the moment we might think what he is trying to do with a particular character, though later each proves that they had a significant role in furthering the plot and creating foils for the other characters. His plots are always filled with twists and ends usually in happiness for the persevering character, rewarded for his or her sacrifices after much toiling and difficulties. He always states the moral of the story, although not directly, leaving the reader with dramatic satisfaction and the aftermath of the climax is always explained, which usually leaves little room for questions in regards to plot. This particular set is great around the holidays as it spreads holiday cheer like the flu. Descriptions, and other elements of fiction are cleverly used and the dialogue is one that especially delightful. This is a highly recommended book.
Emilydmo More than 1 year ago
I'll start this review by stating that I am NOT a Charles Dickens fan. I've tried several times and several stories to get into his work, and just haven't been able to enjoy his stories enough to finish even a single novel. Until I picked up A Christmas Carol right before Christmas. Even though I know every aspect of the story from movies and plays, I still couldn't put this short story down. It is superbly written and very clever. An extremely enjoyable and quick read. I have half a mind to make this a Christmas tradition and read it every year!
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5

A Christmas Carol is a wonderful ghost story that perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas. It's a fun read. I just loved watching that old humbug Scrooge squirming in his bedclothes as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come enlighten him.

I thought The Chimes was pretty decent. It's another ghost story. Trotty has become disillusioned with society and specifically with the upper crust and he says of the poor, "There is no good in us. We are born bad!" This story has a very tragic ending that came as a surprise to me. Definitely worth a read.

The Cricket on the Hearth is a story about love and faithfulness. It was a little slow but good. It had a very happy ending to ring in the New Year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book. Since the whole book had three smaller books inside it, i read in sequenitial order. A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, and Finally, i didnt finish A Cricket on the Hearth. A Christmas carol was good. The chimes was very confusing, and the cricket on the hearth was confusing also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read A CHRISTMAS CAROL every year at Christmas. How can anyone rate it to be horrible?? Is it because we have become a society of, ' if it's not a video, it's not worth the time??' Anyway, anyone who is truly a reader and does want to be challenged, this book is worth 5 stars for an excellent story. I have read parts of the other stories, in this book,and A CHRISTMAS CAROL far outshines them, if you get the premise of the story, or want to. It is outstanding!!! I did a party/evening all based on this story,and no one complained, or felt it was a horrible story, by any means. Don't waste your time on any book if you can't handle being challenged,and entertained by truly reading something with depth. But if you are a 'true reader', as all people should be, you will not be disappointed by A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It's a wonderful Christmas story for those that have the 'creative mind, not to be bored'. You can be bored with anything if you want to be. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is not a boring story. Far from it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The introduction by Katherine Kroeber Wiley is one of the best discussions of A Christmas Carol that I've ever read. She takes the fascinating position that the novella has nothing to do with money and defends it admirably. Her notes on the text are insightful and sometimes exhibit a dry wit in addition to being useful. My favorite of the three stories will always be "A Christmas Carol." While many of us have grown up watching the story on film there is nothing quite like reading the original text. Everyone should do it at least once in a lifetime, but once every year is an even better idea! I had never read "The Chimes" before. It is definitely written to be read aloud. The words of the text chime as surely as the bells in the tower. I've never read anything from Dickens quite like it. I found "The Cricket on the Hearth" to be far less accessible than the other two stories. I found myself waiting for the supernatural element to show up, though when it did it was neither what nor how I expected it to be. The study materials at the back are thought provoking. I found myself wishing that I had a discussion group to explore them with. All in all, quite the excellent edition of Dickens's works and a superb addition to anyone's collection of British Literature.
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Even if you have seen the movie adaptations of A Christmas Carol many times, I highly recommend reading the story. The two other stories in this collection are nice additions with Cricket on the Hearth being the better of the two.
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I forgot to fo next on mary poppins
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For modern readers, who may find Dickens’ monumental masterpieces – Bleak House and Great Expectations – difficult to digest, these three short novels (the best of the five Christmas stories) may be more accessible.  Although the moralistic and melodramatic plots, the stock characters, and the heavy sentimentality in these stories may not resonate with 21st Century readers, they do serve to remind us of the needs of an early Victorian mass audience which, lacking the palliatives of movies or TV, read such stories aloud for entertainment and pleasure.  To fault them on the superficial basis of modern expectations is to ignore the considerable artistry and craftsmanship Dickens lavished on them.  Modern writers in particular would also do well to observe the skill with which the author weaves his fantasy in each tale, to create a unique and coherent artistic world.  There is no living writer who, if given a summary of the characters and plot of these stories, could replicate their singular charm and literary effect.  That artistic vision belongs uniquely to Dickens; it is a treasure well worth our preservation and study.  Finally, these stories were intended for and read by Victorian children.  That modern children struggle mightily to read them, one hundred and fifty years later, is a sad and  unintended commentary on the devolution of contemporary education. 
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