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PENGUIN CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

A delightful new holiday series featuring five classic Christmas tales

in luxurious hardcover editions!

 

Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:

a christmas carolchristmas at thomspon halla merry christmasthe night before christmasthe nutcracker

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

CHRISTMAS AT THOMPSON HALL: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

A MERRY CHRISTMAS: And Other Christmas Stories

by Louisa May Alcott

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Nikolai Gogol

THE NUTCRACKER by E. T. A. Hoffmann



Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales; they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A CHRISTMAS CAROL revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And THE NUTCRACKER inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

Beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.



 

 

a christmas carolA CHRISTMAS CAROL

  by Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics; ISBN: 9780143122494; Hardcover; $16.00; On-Sale: October 7, 2014

First published on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was an instant classic: Londoners thronged to hear Dickens read it in person and bought out the first printing in days. Its reception was so ecstatic that it is credited with helping to revive interest among the Victorians in Christmas traditions, including caroling and holiday cards, as well as inciting an unexpected wave of charitable giving from Britain’s Industrial Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet against exploitative capitalism before taking its current form, it has inspired dozens of theatrical and movie adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are forever inscribed in our hearts and minds.

MY THOUGHTS:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens is a delight to read. “First published in 1843”. “One of five beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions

What a delightful Victorian era classic. The illustrations are delightful and humorous. I have read this story over and over, and watched movies. But I must say, I never tire of this beautiful Christmas tradition and it’s characters.

Penguin Classics has redesigned this wonderful tale of Ebenezer Scrooge,  his ghosts and the realization of his life. “Bah! Humbug” and all of that. My hat is off to Penguin Classic for re-inventing or rather re-publishing this fabulous Christmas Classic. Easy to read for Young readers as well as older readers, parents and grandparents alike. Educators, your students will love you for this wonderful addition to your library. I would highly recommend this wonderful classic. Well done! This is a definite treasure and a keeper, not counting an excellent Christmas stocking stuffer. Yes, it is the perfect size to use for a stocking stuffer.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 5

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


christmas at thomspon hallCHRISTMAS AT THOMPSON HALL: And Other Stories

 by Anthony Trollope

Penguin Classics; ISBN: 9780143122470; Hardcover; $16.00; On-Sale: October 7, 2014

Christmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England—and inspired occasionally by missives in the “lost letter” box of the provincial post office that Trollope ran—these tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window into a time when carolers filled the streets and each house’s door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and yet startlingly familiar.

MY THOUGHTS:

CHRISTMAS AT THOMPSON HALL & OTHER CHJRISTMAS STORIES by Anthony Trollope is another Penguin Christmas Classic. In this collection, we have five of Mr. Trollope’s treasured titles, “Christmas At Thompson HAll”, “Christmas Day at Kirkbly Cottage”, “The Mistletoe Bough”, “The Two Generals” and “Not If I Know It”. It would be hard to pick my favorite of these stories. All are nineteenth century stories. These stories help to define Christmas traditions, with the Christmas tree, the turkey, giving of gifts, store brought gifts, carolers, the wealth on the door and the magic of the Christmas season. A classic to be sure and one to be treasured and kept in your library. Easy to read, well written with engaging characters brings this story to light for the holiday season. I have not read of these stories, or heard of them, myself, but I was thrilled to be reading one and every one of them. Thanks, Penguin Classic for this amazing chance to read this classic.

Rating: 4

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Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 



A MERRY CHRISTMAS: And Other Christmas Stories

by Louisa May Alcott

Penguin Classics; ISBN: 9780143122463; Hardcover; $16.00; On-Sale: October 7, 2014

A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the timeless “What Love Can Do,” wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.

MY THOUGHTS:

A MERRY CHRISTMAS & OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES by Louisa May Alcott is a wonderful Penguin Christmas Classic. This one is a collection of treasured tales of the holiday season. “A Merry Christmas”, “Kate’s Choice”, “The Quiet Little Woman”, “Tilly’s  Christmas”, “What Love Can Do”, “Rosa’s Tale” and “Mrs. Podgers’ Teapot”.

A beautifully written tale of a boardinghouse, it’s residents, and their desire to bring a wonderful Christmas to two poor little girls. This is an American nineteenth-century tale. Well written, with an emphasis on charity, generosity, faith, the human spirit, and the magic of Christmas. A must read, and another treasure for your library.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

  by Nikolai Gogol

Translator: Anna Summers

Penguin Classics; ISBN: Hardcover; $16.00; On-Sale: October 7, 2014

Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula’s battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket, allowing him to wreak havoc on the village of Dikanka. Both the devil and Vakula are in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. Vakula is determined to win her over; the devil, equally determined, unleashes a snowstorm to thwart Vakula’s efforts. Zany and mischievous, and drawing inspiration from the folk tales of Gogol’s far-flung village in Ukraine, The Night Before Christmas is the basis for many movie and opera adaptations, and is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Nikolai Gogol, translated by Joachim Neugroschel is another Penguin Christmas Classic. Written in 1831, it is not your everyday “Night Before Christmas” tale. This is the tale of the battle between the devil, and blacksmith Vakula. In this version, the devil is wreaking havoc on the small village of Dilanka, Ukraine. He is also in love with the beautiful, Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dilanka, and the one Vakula loves himself. An interesting, an mischievous, based on folklore of the Ukraine. Entertaining and interesting. Please be aware it has been translated, and does have some usual and hard to pronounce names, otherwise, and interesting read, with holiday spirit and the trials of evil vs good. While, this was not my favorite of these classics, it was an enjoyable read, none the less and one I would recommend to have in your holiday collection.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4

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Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



THE NUTCRACKER

  by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Translator: Joachim Neugroschel

Penguin Classics; ISBN: 9780143122470; Hardcover; $16.00; On-Sale: October 7, 2014

Corrected: ISBN-13: 978-0143122500 ISBN-10: 0143122509

Written in 1816 by one of the leaders of German Romanticism for his children, nephews, and nieces, The Nutcracker captures better than any other story a child’s wonder at Christmas. The gift of a handsomely decorated nutcracker from a mysterious uncle sets the stage for a Christmas Eve like no other for the little girl Marie. That night, Marie’s extraordinary present comes to life, defends her from the taunting Mouse King, and whisks her off to the Kingdom of Dolls. The inspiration for the classic ballet, E. T. A. Hoffmann’s irresistible tale of magic and childhood adventure continues to captivate readers of all ages. Today, many of the most enchanting symbols of Christmas, from nutcrackers to sugar plums to mistletoe, are still imbued with the power of this story.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE NUTCRACKER by E. T. A. Hoffmann, translated by Joachim Neugroschel. Another Penguin Christmas Classic. Originally written in 1816. This is one of my favorite tale, so far, in this collection of Christmas Classics. It is the tale of a little girl, Marie, whose present of a Nutcracker, comes to life to protect her from the evil Mouse King and whists her away to the Kingdom of Dolls. What a classic! A classic ballet, that comes to life on every page, with the adventure of childhood, will capture every readers heart. With the magic of Christmas, the adventure of a little girl, and the symbols of Christmas, readers of all ages, will enjoy this captivating tale of holiday magic, the Christmas spirit, and the enchantment of Christmas, from the nutcrackers, to sugar plums to the very popular mistletoe, the power of “The Nutcracker” will still leave you in awe. I loved this story! Well done! Another, delightful tale of the Christmas season. One I would recommend as a stocking stuffer,yes, the hardcover,  is the perfect size, or just a wonderful gift for anyone, young or old, who enjoys Christmas reads.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:

a christmas carolchristmas at thomspon halla merry christmasthe night before christmasthe nutcracker

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann



~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

Thanks to Penguin Classics, we are offering 1 lucky commenter, a chance to win Hardcover copies of this collection of Christmas Classics from Penguin. Yes, one lucky commenter, will win ALL five in this collection…which includes…

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann

SORRY, Open to U.S.  Residents, only!

*Giveaway will run from October 13 until October 17, 2014*

**Please tell us in your comments what is your favorite, Christmas story?**

GOOD LUCK!

Mine, is “The Nutcracker” and “The Night Before Christmas”, oh, and I enjoy the “Story of Santa Claus”. And I NEVER tire, of the “Nativity Story”.

 

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