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

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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 familys typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to Its 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 Parkers shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and fathers pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphies duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphies 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, “Youll 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 Hickeys 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.

About the Author

For many years a cult radio and cabaret personality in New York City, JEAN SHEPHERD was the creator of the popular film A Christmas Story, which is based on his novels In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of Golden Memories, and which has become a holiday tradition on the Turner Network. Jean Shepherd passed away in 1999.

Table of Contents

Duel in the snow, or, Red Ryder nails the Cleveland Street Kid — The Counterfeit Secret Circle member gets the message, or, The asp strikes again — My old man and the lascivious special award that heralded the birth of pop art — Grover Dill and the Tasmanian devil — The grandstand passion play of Delbert and the Bumpus Hounds.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767916226
Author:
Shepherd, Jean
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Indiana
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.80x5.30x.65 in. .50 lbs.

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