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The author of the book: Charles Dickens
Edition: BUR Biblioteca Univerzale Rizzoli
Date of issue: November 2009
ISBN: 8817035114
ISBN 13: 9788817035118
Language: English
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Prefazione di Gianrico Carofiglio

Una grande storia sulla possibilità di cambiare il proprio destino. Una riflessione sull’equilibrio difficile fra il presente, il passato e il futuro. Una denuncia dello sfruttamento minorile e dell’analfabetismo. Ma soprattutto una favola, una delle più commoventi che siano mai state scritte.
Protagonista è il vecchio e tirchio finanziere Ebenezer Scrooge – personaggio che servirà da modello per il Paperon de’ Paperoni disneyano –, che nella notte di Natale viene visitato da tre spettri. Lo indurranno a un cambiamento radicale, a una conversione che ne farà uno dei più grandi personaggi letterari di tutti i tempi.
Gianrico Carofiglio, ricordando le sue innumerevoli letture della favola dickensiana, sostiene che “il Canto produce sul lettore – di ogni età, di ogni formazione, di ogni provenienza – una commozione inevitabile e universale. È in questo meccanismo a orologeria, sofisticato e infallibile, che sembra nascondersi il segreto del libro”.
Ma forse un’altra parte del segreto, della magia ineludibile di questo romanzo è nella ricomposizione dei ricordi, nella restituzione di senso alla storia, nella ridefinizione del posto dell’uomo nel tempo.

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Ebook Canto di Natale read Online! Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.

On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner," he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: "To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England's most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world." His last words were: "On the ground", in response to his sister-in-law Georgina's request that he lie down.

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