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American Notes For General Circulation

Charles Dickens

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American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June, 1842. While there he acted as a critical observer of these societies almost as if returning a status report on their progress. This can be compared to the style of his Pictures from Italy written four years later, where he wrote far more like a tourist. His American journey was also an inspiration for his novel Martin Chuzzlewit. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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. . .n mind, and show it to another mind; and at once her countenance lighted up with a human expression: it was no longer a dog, or parrot: it was an immortal spirit, eagerly seizing upon a new link of union with other spirits! I could almost fix upon the moment when this truth dawned upon her mind, and spread its light to her countenance; I saw that the great obstacle was overcome; and that henceforward nothing but patient and persevering, but plain and straightforward, efforts were to be used.

'The result thus far, is quickly related, and easily conceived; but not so was the process; for many weeks of apparently unprofitable labour were passed before it was effected.

'When it was said above that a sign was made, it was intended to say, that the action was performed by her teacher, she feeling his hands, and then imitating the motion.

'The next step was to procure a set of metal types, with the different letters of the alph. . . Read More

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I liked A Christmas Carol, I liked The Chimes and I liked Cricket on the Hearth. The last two stories however, weren't that great in my opinion. I didn't get into the story of The Battle of Life at all until I was well past the first half of it. It wasn't entirely bad because of a few characters...more

Five Christmas novellas from 1843-1848, Dickens’s Xmas-crazy period (followed by the rest of his career), ranging from the oft-forgotten title piece (who reads that anymore?) to the four others read religiously in homes from Puerto Rico to Portsmouth (or have I mixed that up?). ‘The Chimes’ is th...more

This was my first Dickens novel. I know it is kind of cheesy to make my foray into Dickens’s work by reading A Christmas Carol during the holidays but hey…whatever helps break the ice right?

This book, as most people already know, is about a tight-fisted, bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Sc...more

La primera historia (Cuento de Navidad), me encantó, pero las otras dos (El Grillo del Hogar y Las Campanas), no fueron para mí. Les faltó esa magia que caracteriza a Cuento de Navidad y a pesar del mensaje, no me llegaron.

A Christmas Carol (5/5) - If you make time to read one Christmas book, make it this one. Really enjoyed this re-read. Who doesn't love the tale of Mister Scrooge finally finding his Christmas Spirit?

If you never read it before, you will know the story as you've no doubt seen it in one of its m...more

This collection of Christmas stories had three different stories including Dickens most celebrated Christmas story of all time, the Christmas Carol. All the stories are interesting but the Christmas carol is outstanding. The message it conveys always warm my heart. It is my favorite Christmas sto...more

Overall 4 stars for this collection of Charles Dickens’ Christmas stories.

5 stars for A Christmas Carol
4 stars for The Chimes
3 stars for The Cricket on the Hearth

This was a great way to complete my 2018 GR reading challenge and to finish up my reading year.

I’m looking forward to a New Year of r...more

It's been a few years since I've read A Christmas Carol, and it was just perfect timing. I always enjoy a good reread of this novel! Now to watch the Muppet version...more

When it comes to Christmas books, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is probably the first book that comes to mind. Published in 1843, this novella was an instant success and has been a beloved classic since then. I am not going to go into a plot summary because I believe most people know the s...more

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