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A Christmas Carol [Anglais] [Broché]

Charles Dickens , Anthony Horowitz
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26 avril 2012 014132452X 978-0141330853 Reprint
A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens' most loved books - a true classic and a Christmas time must-read. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.With a light-hearted introduction by bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, creator of the highly successful Alex Rider novels, most recently Snakehead.Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of the most recognized celebrities of English literature. His imagination, wit, mastery of the language and huge creative output single him out as one of the few people who genuinely deserve to be called genius. He had a poverty-stricken childhood and was determined to improve himself. By his early twenties he found a job as a parliamentary reporter and in his spare time wrote sketches of London life for newspapers and magazines. The publication of Pickwick Papers (1836) brought him the fame and fortune he craved. He wrote many other famous books including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.

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MARLEY was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don't know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

The mention of Marley's funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet's Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot—say Saint Paul's Churchyard for instance—literally to astonish his son's weak mind.

Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names: it was all the same to him.

Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often 'came down' handsomely, and Scrooge never did.

Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, 'My dear Scrooge, how are you? when will you come to see me?' No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was 'oclock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge. Even the blindmen's dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their tails as though they said, 'no eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master!'

But what did Scrooge care? It was the very thing he liked. To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance, was what the knowing ones call 'nuts' to Scrooge.

Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement-stones to warm them. The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already: it had not been light all day: and candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air. The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms. To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that Nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale.

The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters. Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of a strong imagination, he failed.

From the Paperback edition. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD .

Revue de presse

"It has it all: a spooky ghost story, a heartwarming redemption and a great plot with a satisfyingly ending" (The Times)

"A story which, perhaps more than any other, sums up the spirit of the British Christmas" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A little masterpiece...irresistible" (Sunday Express)

"Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers" (Michael Morpurgo Independent)

"So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" (National Association for the Teaching of English) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Broché: 160 pages
  • Editeur : Puffin Classics; Édition : Reprint (26 avril 2012)
  • Collection : PUFFIN CLASSICS
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 014132452X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141330853
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,8 x 1,2 x 13,2 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une bonne édition 22 février 2009
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... de l'histoire la plus facile à lire de Dickens. Texte d'origine, avec quelques explications concernant des faits historiques et les personnages. Une bonne manière d'aborder cet auteur ...
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Car sinon ce ne serait pas Noël ... 13 février 2012
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Que dire du "Christmas Carol" de Dickens, sinon que c'est LE roman de Noël qu'il faut avoir lu au moins une fois dans sa vie. Et pour que le plaisir soit total, préférer la version originale. Idéal pour se mettre dans l'ambiance festive de Noël.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tis the season for a Dickensian bowl of cheer 16 décembre 2011
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Released on December 17, 1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was a runaway success that changed the way England viewed and celebrated Christmas. In fact, the first Christmas Card appeared in 1843, illustrating a family drinking wine together, with a depiction of a charitable scene. It was precisely the vision of Christmas as a family occasion steeped in a spirit of goodwill to all men that Dickens espoused in the novel. To be fair to Sir Henry Cole and John Callcott Horsley, the creator and designer of the cards, their idea was in the works many years before Dickens was a writer.

The story is a familiar one that you may know already. There have been many adaptations of the book produced, with my favorite being the 1951 version of the movie starring Alastair Sim. The essential story has also been intertwined into many tv series, soap operas, and sit-coms. Yet there is something compelling about reading the story as Dickens first told it - not just because he's a masterful storyteller, but symbolism and subtleties can't always be translated to the silver screen.

All of the Ghosts who visited Scrooge on Christmas evening have symbolic appearances. Jacob Marley is chained down in his afterlife by all the financial appurtenances of his time. The Ghost of Christmas Past reflects a changing vision, depending on how you look at it. This spirit gives Scrooge a tour through his Christmas Pasts that he never quite considered before. The Ghost of Christmas Present is probably the most remarkable image of the spirits. His bounty represents that of Scrooge, whose wealth is only matched by his penuriousness. Meanwhile, the stark and sparse image of the Ghost of Christmas Future is that of death. As we suspect, and as Scrooge discovers later on, it is the aftermath of his own death that is being portrayed.

There are some references that aren't well understood 170 years later, which makes a version of `A Christmas Carol" with a Dickensian Glossary, like this book, a helpful post-mortem. There's even a reference to American History - in particular, the decision of Andrew Jackson to revoke the Charter of the Second National Bank and deposit gold bullion into local state banks. He put credit into the hands of local banks, some of whom abused the privilege by issuing the practically worthless securities mentioned by the novel.

The story is only 126 pages long, which you can read slowly, and easily, in a week of commuting on the subway. You don't have much to lose - and possibly the spirit of Christmas to regain - by revisiting this all-time classic close to the form that it was first presented.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great story! I look forward to watching the movie ... 6 août 2014
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Scrooge is a miserly fellow. Very stingy with his money and his affection. "Bah Humbug!" is his answer to Merry Christmas wishes. He doesn't believe in the spirit of Christmas and thinks it a time when people spend too lavishly on themselves and are merry when they don't have reason to be. That is, until he is visited by his former partner, Marley, who tells him to expect three spirits in the night. The spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet To Come all visit Scrooge and show him what he is missing and what his life will become if he does not change his ways. A great story! I look forward to watching the movie every year, but had never read the book. Shame on me!
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