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A Christmas Story - The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film-logo

A Christmas Story - The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

Jean Shepherd

A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana-the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film. The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker's shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father's pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie's duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie's unstoppable campaign to get Santa-or anyone else-to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"? The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. From the Hardcover edition.

A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana-the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film. The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker's shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father's pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie's duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie's unstoppable campaign to get Santa-or anyone else-to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"? The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. From the Hardcover edition.
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A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana-the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film. The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker's shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father's pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie's duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie's unstoppable campaign to get Santa-or anyone else-to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"? The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dick Cavett

Length:

3h 35m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:36


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:36