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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 191mm x 8mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853261211
  • ISBN 13: 9781853261213
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 13,337

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward.

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Editorial reviews

This simplified version of the classic is a straightforward piece of work, sticking to the grand elements of the storyline: The miserly Scrooge gets his Christmas Eve comeuppance from Marley and the three ghosts, sees the folly of his parsimonious ways, and becomes a changed man. Great hunks of the original have been left on the cutting room floor, naturally enough, but what is left feels too much like a pastiche: scenic views without the travel in between. Heyer's crisp acrylics are accomplished and often stunning, though there are odd moments when the artwork isn't in step with the text (why aren't Marley's glasses up on his ghostly forehead?) and other times when it simply fails to convey the story's spirit, such as the dance scene with the Ghost of Christmas Past. This retelling will be most successful if it spurs readers on to the original. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a heartless old miser who hates everything, especially Christmas. Then one mysterious Christmas eve, Scrooge is visited by three spirits who take him on a fantastic journey and teach him the true meaning of the season.