Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens + Giveaway

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
First published in England by Chapman And Hall on the 19th December 1843.

How I got this book:
Bought from a charity shop

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'"A Christmas Carol in Prose: The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens's sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.'

I love the story of A Christmas Carol! I have seen film and TV versions including the great Blackadder one, and even attended a memorable live performance given by actor Clive Francis, however I don't think I have actually read the book since childhood so was delighted to find a battered vintage edition in a charity shop. Dickens' prose is wonderfully evocative and I don't think anyone can beat his detailed descriptions of Victorian London and the people inhabiting Scrooge's world. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting A Christmas Carol and the story is an essential part of Christmas tradition for me.

And now for the Giveaway!

This week's Giveaway prize is two handmade Literary Greetings Cards of the winner's choice from my Etsy Shop. The photograph shows a few of the cards and there are lots more listed to choose from.

My charity shop vintage copy of A Christmas Carol wasn't in great condition which was partly why I chose to buy it! Having stayed pretty much together for one last read, I am now upcycling its pages to make a range of Literary Greetings Cards embellished with themed motifs I crocheted myself. A Christmas Carol cards join the rest of the range featuring Little Women, Wuthering Heights and The Yellow Wallpaper all listed for sale in my Etsy Shop at £2.50-£3 each plus shipping. All are blank inside for the sender's own message and their book's title is noted discreetly on the backs.

If you'd like the chance to win two of these cards, here's the giveaway widget:

2x Literary Greetings Cards giveaway

The Giveaway is open worldwide and previous giveaway winners are welcome to enter. Entries must be submitted through the Gleam widget by midnight (UK time) on the 9th November and I will randomly pick a winner on the 10th. If the winner does not respond to my email within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize and, yes, I will be checking that entrants did complete whatever task they said they did.

Good luck!

Etsy Find!
by Mabel Lane Boutique in
Maryland, USA

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  1. I LOVE A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens! It's one of few books that I read more than once in my life... although I never ventured at reviewing it. Thanks for your review!

    LaGraziana @ Edith's Miscellany

    1. I love this book too! I think it is my favourite Dickens story

  2. I stole this book from my moms room when I was younger and I've never been the same since :) - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    1. Now that's a classic that I have never actually read, or seen the film!

    2. :)
      And I need to read A Christmas Carol. I haven't read this one yet.

  3. Dickens' A Christmas Carol was published on this day in 1843. That's 173 years ago and (I think) it's still the best Christmas story!