Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories Book Jacket Status Jacketed Now joining Everyman s Library the most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the world s greatest works is an appealing new collection in a small Pocket Class

  • Title: Christmas Stories
  • Author: Diana Secker Tesdell
  • ISBN: 9780307267177
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book Jacket Status Jacketed Now joining Everyman s Library the most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the world s greatest works is an appealing new collection in a small Pocket Classics format, perfect for gift giving and reading pleasure.Christmas Stories is a treasury of short fiction by great writers of the past two centuries from Dickens and Tolstoy Book Jacket Status Jacketed Now joining Everyman s Library the most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the world s greatest works is an appealing new collection in a small Pocket Classics format, perfect for gift giving and reading pleasure.Christmas Stories is a treasury of short fiction by great writers of the past two centuries from Dickens and Tolstoy to John Updike and Alice Munro As a literary subject, Christmas has inspired everything from intimate domestic dramas to fanciful flights of the imagination, and the full range of its expression is represented in this wonderfully engaging anthology Goblins frolic in the graveyard of an early Dickens tale and a love struck ghost disrupts a country estate in Elizabeth Bowen s Green Holly The plight of the less fortunate haunts Chekhov s Vanka and Willa Cather s The Burglar s Christmas but takes a boisterously comic turn in Damon Runyon s Dancing Dan s Christmas and in John Cheever s Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor From Vladimir Nabokov s intensely moving story of a father s grief in Christmas to Truman Capote s hilarious yet heartbreaking A Christmas Memory, from Grace Paley s Jewish girl starring in the Christmas pageant in The Loudest Voice to the dysfunctional family ski holiday in Richard Ford s Cr che each of the stories gathered here is imbued with Christmas spirit of one kind or another , and all are richly and indelibly entertaining.

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    1. My initial plan was to read this collection on the week coming up to Christmas and on Christmas Day/Boxing Day, but I ended up reading most of it in the last two days of the year. Oh well!I do love a good Everyman Short Story collection, and this one was just as unusual as some of the others I've read. The spread of authors is good from here: you have everyone from Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope to Alice Munro and John Cheever, so a great selection. However, as with any short story collect [...]


    2. I was similarly disappointed with this like I was Cat Stories by this publisher, though slightly less so this time. Christmas at Thompson Hall was my favorite short story. There were 3 or 4 short stories I didn't like because they didn't capture the Christmas spirit well and were too depressing. I also really liked the stories by Vladimir Nabokov and Saki and want to read more by them. I wanted this collection to get me in the Christmas spirit and explore the good things about Christmas. But thi [...]


    3. I'm not usually a Christmas story reader as such, other than Capote's "A Christmas Memory", and it's next to impossible to avoid Dickens classic at this time of year. But I couldn't resist this little pocket classic when I saw it at a library sale. It seemed to call me this season, so I settled in for a read. Everyone is here, all the greats: Dickens (with a goblin tale on Christmas Eve instead of Ebenezer Scrooge), Nabokov, Trollope, with a hilarious story of mistaken identity, Alice Munro, who [...]


    4. If you desire a well-rounded Christmas read, this collection fits the bill. It features Dickens' "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton," that reads like a run-up to "A Christmas Carol"; Gogol's "The Night before Christmas"; Sherlock Holmes's "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"; Trollope's "Christmas at Thompson Hall"; and many, many others, twenty in all, including of more modern time, Alice Munro's "The Turkey Season".My favorites among the stories were Truman Capote's "A Christmas Mem [...]


    5. At this time of year I naturally turn to Christmas-themed books and stories, and this wonderful collection is a perfect choiceRISTMAS STORIES is a treasury of short fiction by great writers of the last two centuries presented chronologically, featuring the works of Chekhov, Dickens and Tolstoy as well as those of such modern writers as Richard Ford, Alice Munro and John Updike.From tales of goblins and ghosts to comedic turns by Damon Runyon and John Cheever, this is an ideal choice for the holi [...]


    6. My low rating for this doesn't necessarily reflect how much I enjoyed the stories that I actually liked in here. The trouble is that there are probably only about 5 stories I could say I properly liked, and out of 20, that's not a great ratio of success.In fairness, it's an anthology rather than a collection, so I fully expected not to get on with every writer's style, themes, etc. However, my biggest problem is simply that I wouldn't class many of these as 'Christmas Stories' in the first place [...]


    7. I finished this book after putting it down half-way through a few years ago (something to do with being too superstitious to read a book of Christmas stories after Christmas Day). Because the book is arranged chronologically, the stories I read this year are from the last one hundred years or so. A review of the first half reminded me of what stuck out then tooThe Gogol story, my first, was long and fascinating. I will be reading more. A very bizarre Runyon story has gangsters speaking only in t [...]


    8. I always have this book out around the holidays. My favorite story is "A Christmas Memory," by Truman Capote. This is his finest story and his writing is so perfect that it makes me cry every time. This collection also includes stories by Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Anthony Trollop, and John Cheever and John Updike. This is such an enjoyable thing to have out to reference throughout the holiday.


    9. This is a wonderful little collection of Christmas stories in a beautiful package. There are British, Russian, and American stories. There are stories with spirit and stories with spirits. There are sad stories, bittersweet stories, and quite funny stories. There are stories from Dickens and Evelyn Waugh, and Alice Munro.A great way to spend Christmas Day while drinking tea and listening to Christmas carols.


    10. I liked the more traditionally festive stories - particularly by the Russian authors, Conan Doyle and Dickens - but most of the others weren't Christmassy. Some of the stories were just set at Christmas but didn't really reflect the spirit of the season. Quite odd altogether - would give it 2.5 stars. Not a patch on 'A Literary Christmas' by The British Library which I have kept to read some of the stories again.



    11. I adore the Everyman collections, and purchased this to read during December 2017. There are such lovely, varied tales here; some are incredibly strange and did not personally appeal to me, but others are absolutely wonderful. The stories collected here are by authors as diverse as Anthony Trollope, Nikolai Gogol, Willa Cather, Truman Capote, Evelyn Waugh, and Alice Munro. Some of my favourites were included, and others were entirely new to me. Many of the stories oddly have rather tenuous links [...]



    12. I'm having a hard time putting together a review of this collection. There are some good stories here and excellent writers, yet, as a collection, I didn't really like the book. Most of the stories are melancholy and I do wish the selection was more balanced. But Christmas IS melancholy for plenty of people and I read my share of "unhappy" material. So what is my problem? Perhaps it is that while an individual story or two stayed with me after reading, mostly the stories became more and more sim [...]


    13. this what kind of hit or miss but i'm glad i read it none the less, i like using short stories to become better acquainted with classic authors i haven't read before, i'd say my favorite stories were:a christmas memorychristmas at thompson hall (so funny!!)the blue carbunclebella fleace gave a partyi'd say there were only one or two stories in this that i thought were a complete waste of time but luckily they seemed to be the shortest ones, overall i really enjoyed it!


    14. 20 stories by different authors. Two that I'd read previously (by Dickens and Truman Capote) were still my favorites. A few I thought could have been left out, and which hopefully won't keep others from reading the rest if they feel the same. Some are very much real Christmas stories, some just make a lesser reference to it. But all in all, a fairly nice little collection to give you a little laugh and/or help you get in the holiday mood.


    15. Well-known Christmas stories by well-known authors, all wrapped up in a beautiful and inexpensive hardback, easily read during the month of December (about 1/day). I would have loved more of a Christmas spirit theme, but I enjoyed these in all. My favorites:Where Love is, God is, Leo TolstoyVanka, Anton ChekhovThe Burglar's Christmas, Willa CatherA Chaparral Christmas Gift, O. Henry Bella Fleace Gave a Party, Evelyn Waugh A Christmas Memory, Truman CapoteThe Turkey Season, Munro


    16. It is difficult to review this book as there are so many stories which deserve entirely different reviews! Overall, a fantastic collection of some of the world's most famous authors giving their offerings for the Christmas season. Some seemed much more poignant than others, but overall they left me feeling very festive!


    17. My book group found it hard to choose a good novel for our December meeting so decided to try short stories instead. A friend recommended 'Christmas at Thompson Hall' by Anthony Trollope which was probably the highlight of this collection which also contains tales from Dickens, Tolstoy, Capote and Chekov.


    18. This was a hard book to rate because I really enjoyed some of the stories and had a hard time getting through others. The Gogol was particularly painful. The Dickens, the Tolstoy and most of the more contemporary stories were wonderful. This is a fun volume to read at Christmas time and a good way to get an introduction to some great and/or well-known authors.


    19. Wonderful, wonderful. Tesdell has collected a fairly canonical set of diverse authors and perspectives: from the humorous to the sentimental, the risque to the traditional. In a collection where Waugh and Saki compete with Tolstoi and Nabokov, hedged by Bowen and Dickens; well, you get the point. A solid collection.


    20. This is a nice little collection, a mix of older stories and modern ones. There were only two or three that I didn't particularly enjoy, and they tended to be the shorter ones. My favourite was probably Anthony Trollope's Christmas at Thompson Hall.


    21. A lovely collection, and the stories picked aren't a gathering that will make you tired of the holiday season. While a few are overtly Christmasy--Dickens, Gogol, Trollope--many have only a loose connection such as time of year--Waugh, Spark, Munro.


    22. I enjoyed reading this, but some of these stories weren't very Christmasy at all. I really really loved Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, and also Willa Cather's The Burglar's Christmas. Anthony Trollope's story was hilarious and very enjoyable.


    23. It was John Cheever's Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor that made me get this book. Which was engaging enough. Overall, a good enough read. The rest of the selections are just as engaging. But in an anthology like this one, one or two tales are supposed to stand out. Not so with this one.


    24. Great anthology of CHristmas stories from some of the world's greatest authors! I love how it is a mix of spiritual, sentiment, and fun. and on a completely visual point, this book is beautifully made with a ribbon bookmark, and cloth binding with gold embossed title!


    25. Good group of stories, some classic ones. A couple not so good. Nice book to have at Christmas time and pick up here and there to read a story. Nice touch to have out on the table as well if you are concerned about the decor of your Christmas look (As I am) :)


    26. This was a fun read as it introduced me to writings by several authors I had not read before. Who knew I would like a Sherlock Holmes story so much? I think I might have to buy this and tuck it away with my Christmas decorations until next year.


    27. Some stories are mediocre, some are good, and a few are excellent (I really like the Russian authors). All have a Christmas setting and most have a Christmas theme. Most are the right length to read to grade-school children.


    28. This was a compilation of stories from great authors that happened to have taken place around Christmas. I found the first part of the book a real slog (especially the Russians), but enjoyed the more modern authors at the end.


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