A Christmas Carol: 1000 Headwords

A Christmas Carol: 1000 Headwords

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Christmas is humbug, Scrooge says - just a time when you find yourself a year older and not a penny richer. The only thing that matters to Scrooge is business, and making money. But on Christmas Eve three spirits come to visit him. They take him travelling on the wings of the night to see the shadows of Christmas past, present, and future - and Scrooge learns a lesson that he will never forget.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 121.92 x 187.96 x 7.62mm | 95.25g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed of Abridged ed
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194230007
  • 9780194230001
  • 1,297,622

About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of England's greatest novelists. Born into a poor family (his father was once imprisoned for debt), Dickens became both rich and famous in his lifetime.show more

Review Text

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)show more

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87 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 31% (27)
4 36% (31)
3 28% (24)
2 5% (4)
1 1% (1)
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