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American Notes For General Circulation

Charles Dickens

Book Overview: 

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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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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

Community Reviews

A Christmas Carol was wonderful. It was just like seeing the movie, but better, because prose on paper really stimulates the imagination much more. Scrooge is a man who had lost his hope, and it showed in how his heart seemed to shrink, and his world with it. He got a second chance when he was visit

I have always loved Dickens Christmas Carol, but have never read his trilogy of Christmas stories.
I did find them worthwhile, but not as intriguing as Christmas Carol itself.
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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. Scroo

Three books in one A Christmas Carol is the story, about a tight fisted bitter and selfish miser in 19th century London, who despises all that brings joy and comfort, has a plethora of adaptations but is best in it's original.
Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts who show him

A Christmas Carol may be the best book Dickens wrote. I do love David Copperfield and Great Expectations, but there's just something about the simple message in A Christmas Carol.

The Chimes was the strangest of these stories. It has an It's a Wonderful Life vibe to it, pointing out the importance of

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 story

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 read

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

It is hard to give this book one overall rating, since it is three books in one. I have read A Christmas Carol before and think it is a must to read each Christmas season. I would give it 5 stars!

I am going to base my review on the book The Chimes. It is a New Year's Tale, so I thought it was fitti

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