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Penguin Classics A Christmas Carol And Other Christmas Writings [Hardcover]

Charles Dickens , Michael Slater

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Nov. 23 2010 0141195851 978-0141195858
Part of "Penguin's" beautiful hardback "Clothbound Classics" series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. After reading "Christmas Carol", the notoriously reculsive Thomas Carlyle was "seized with a perfect convulsion of hospitality" and threw not one but two Christmas dinner parties. The impact of the story may not always have been so dramatic but, along with Dickens other Christmas writings, it has had a lasting and significant influence upon our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and about the season as a time for celebration, charity, and memory.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (Nov. 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141195851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141195858
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Coralie Bickford-Smith's] recent work for Penguin Classics is...nothing short of glorious Anna Cole Co.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter, journalist and novelist. His novels include Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Bleak House.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful hardback...but will it last? Dec 23 2011
By K. W. Lowery - Published on Amazon.com
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As far as the content in this book, it is fantastic - Dickens work easily earns fives stars.

This review is mainly on the book itself. I have five of these style of books from "Penguin Classics" and, although beautiful, I do wonder what they will look like in five years and after a few handlings by friends or family. Of the two I have read so far, the ink designs are starting to rub off slightly in some places. With some hardbacks, the ink is pressed at least a bit into the hard cover. With these books, it is just printed directly onto the clothe.

I have some leather bound books and so I do know how take care of my books. Perhaps the covers could have worn some will carrying in my bag. I am not sure, but my advice is to just be cautious to protect the covers if you choose these hardback editions of the classics.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penguin cloth hardcover Jan. 5 2013
By Carmen Fry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the only book of Charles Dickens' I liked and was able to read the entire way through. I'd recommend renting a library copy to read first, if you've never read the story. If you've read the story, are a lover of books, or like something pretty on your bookshelf, this is a great buy. The cover has a nice feel to it, almost like a canvas, and the snowflakes are dark navy colored. The inside covers are the same navy, as is the cloth bookmark. The book itself does have illustrations throughout, a nice sized font, and tons of footnotes, if you care to read them (which I do).
The layout is as follows; a Dickens chronology, introduction (cultural significance of story, context, Dickens' thoughts on Christmas, etc), Christmas Festivities (thoughts and observations), The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton (an imaginative story of a mean undertaker and the goblins who teach him a lesson), A Christmas Episode from Master Humphrey's Clock (a single man who befriends a deaf man in a tavern), A Christmas Carol, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, A Christmas Tree, What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older, The Seven Poor Travellers, appendices, and footnotes. So far, I've read up to A Christmas Carol (in the last chapter), and it is a great collection of stories so far. I love the contents, the way it looks, and I'm very satisfied with the purchase to the point that I want to buy more Penguin Classic cloth hardcover books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book July 19 2012
By tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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We all know what kind of a text we are getting here, so instead I will talk about the physical features. The binding on this and the cover are beautiful. I love the foiled look of the snow flakes. The pages are standard book pages, not glossy and a bit rough to the touch, compared to say printer paper, but not at all the yellow-ish cheep stuff you see in some books. The cover has a canvasy/fabric feel. It made a very nice gift and I was happy to get it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cover image wears off Dec 3 2013
By Danielle - Published on Amazon.com
Love this story, don't like this book. I've been collecting this series, but have noticed as I start to read them all that the designs on the covers rub off quite quickly. A nice set if you plan to never actually read them.
5.0 out of 5 stars how many copies May 15 2014
By TKO Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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How many copies can you have of a Christmas Carol? I have 3 at least in my apartment. this one was a gift for a friend who appreciates good writing and classic books. Dickens was brilliant and never better in this tale.

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