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Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.
The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.
With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying listen for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.
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By JodyB on 12-01-17
I learned so much from this enjoyable tale of a master storyteller. The narrator's voice, pleasantly expressive, effectively brought characters to life and kept interest alive throughout the book. I was fascinated the entire time, and I was delighted to discover connections between Dickens and his Carol that I never knew before. Excellent book and narration!
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By Kindle Customer on 12-03-17
A History of Charles Dickens & "A Christmas Carol"
Narrator has personality in imparting information. Book reads like an academic history book - (spotted with interesting trivia). Too dry to be left feeling in a "holiday mood" after reading/hearing, but rather leaves you with thorough knowledge about the history of Dickens, his writing of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's contribution to how Christmas is currently perceived.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful