A Christmas Story by 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.
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