The Christmas Mystery

The Christmas Mystery One day Elisabet while Christmas shopping with her mother vanishes into thin air Accompanied by angels shepherds kings and even a Roman governor she is rushing back through time and space to Beth

  • Title: The Christmas Mystery
  • Author: Jostein Gaarder Elizabeth Rokkan
  • ISBN: 9781842552827
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • One day Elisabet, while Christmas shopping with her mother, vanishes into thin air Accompanied by angels, shepherds, kings and even a Roman governor, she is rushing back through time and space to Bethlehem, to be present at the birth of Christ Fifty years later a boy called Joachim pieces together her story from a magic advent calendar and brings it to a conclusion.

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    • Jostein Gaarder Elizabeth Rokkan

      Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children s books Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world He often uses metafiction in his works, writing stories within stories.Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family His best known work is the novel Sophie s World, subtitled A Novel about the History of Philosophy This popular work has been translated into fifty three languages there are over thirty million copies in print, with three million copies sold in Germany alone.In 1997, he established the Sophie Prize together with his wife Siri Dannevig This prize is an international environment and development prize USD 100,000 77,000 , awarded annually It is named after the novelcmillan author jostei

    554 thoughts on “The Christmas Mystery

    • So, this is for my children, and for Jean Paul, who gently guides me through the maze to almost forgotten yet unforgettable reading experiences Many years ago, my children and I started reading this book as a calendar on 1st December, and read one chapter each night until Christmas It became a ritual, and we had to rearrange our reading time quite a lot to fit in the lengthy chapters in spite of the usual end of term activities and pre Christmas craziness in a busy family of five.It didn t take [...]

    • The basic idea of this book is a great idea and the 24 chapter, advent calendar style is great However far too many unanswered question for me that would confuse and concern a child Why would an angel abandon a 20th century girl in the year 0 in a different continent Why does a children s book include modern day references to child abduction and the poor mother who spend 50 years wondering what became of her daughter What exactly was Elisabet s role in the birth of Jesus Why was Elisabet s disap [...]

    • This book was published not too long after the Norwegian author s better known novel, Sophie s World, made a big international splash Probably way too many copies of The Christmas Mystery were printed, and I seem to remember it being remaindered almost right away Certainly, I bought it as a remainder, and it sat unread on my shelves for about 15 years Early this past December, I pulled it out thinking of creating some badly needed shelf space I read the first chapter finally and was hooked by th [...]

    • We were so excited about reading this book The idea of a magic advent calendar and a part of the story to read each day was really appealing to us but despite having greatly enjoyed Sophie s World by the same author we struggled to enjoy this one Will perhaps try again another year.

    • On 1st December, a young boy named Joachim is given an unusual advent calendar, and behind each door contains a chapter of a story As the story unfolds, Joachim and his parents learn about a young girl named Elisabet who disappeared from Norway years earlier, and a pilgrimage of angels, shepherds and wise men who travel across land and time, to be present when Jesus was born.Unfortunately, I did not particularly enjoy this book Although I am not religious, I can enjoy reading books about religio [...]

    • Estes ltimos dias do ano est o a revelar se bastante proveitosos em termos de leituras Hoje terminei mais um livrinho natal cio, que me chegou via BookCrossing do mesmo autor d O Mundo de Sofia, e fez me lembrar bastante esse livro, que li h j muitos anos Tem tamb m um mist rio, neste caso relacionado com o Natal, que se vai revelando dia ap s dia, em pequenas doses que v o aumentando o suspense Gostei bastante e acho que vou procurar a vers o portuguesa para as minhas mi das lerem no pr ximo Na [...]

    • Nettes Adventsbuch mit einer wirklich geheimnisvollen Geschichte und sch nen Kalendert rchenbilder Der st ndig gleiche Aufbau T rchen ffnen, Zettel lesen, Gedanken machen fand ich mit der Zeit ein bisschen eint nig Ganz nett, aber werde ich sicher nicht nochmals lesen.

    • I would have rated this book with 5 stars until I got to the last 4 or 5 pages I felt like Ralphie in the movie A Christmas Story , that it was a crummy commercial This book is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated the one I got was illustrated by Rosemary Wells whom I have loved for years , and beautifully set up It is an advent book, with each day of the advent calendar following a double story The story of Joachim who is given a Magical Advent Calendar and opens it each day and reads t [...]

    • And the award for biggest pile of crud I ve ever read in my life goes to The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder.I knew that this was a children s book In fact, when it was announced at book club I was a little bit enamoured with the fact that we would be reading a book for kids So much so that I actually went out and bought the pretty picture book version with all the little angels and Baby Jesuses in the margins What a bloody waste of money that was The story is about a magic advent calendar [...]

    • It s really quite a risky thing to try and retell one of if not the most well known stories in the world, especially if you re going to put a twist on it However, I m pleased that Gaarder did it because he managed to execute it very well The choice of chick lit Christmas themed stories is bountiful, and I do enjoy them, but to be able to read a different take on the original Christmas story is a rare treat.I believe this book was primarily targeted at Children, but this could certainly be classe [...]

    • An enjoyable book for the Christmas period Although in the beginning I was a bit bored by especially the story of the girl going to Bethlehem.But, I took the book to Rome on a long city break and started enjoying the read in a suitable Christmas environment

    • Organized in 24 chapters corresponding to the 24 windows of a magical Advent calendar, this book reveals, as a frame story, the journey in space and time of a group of pilgrims from current day Norway to Bethlehem, when Christ was born, emphasizing the meaning of Christmas along the way.

    • O c rticic potrivit acestei perioade Ea se confund cu dou cuvinte mister i magie, adic exact ingredientele care fac deliciul pove tilor Recunosc, mai mult mi a pl cut Fata cu portocale , ns i povestea a fost una diferit

    • An interesting and whimsical little story in many ways innocent to the point of naivety but with a certain charm that kept me willing to read I would recommend this book to anyone who wants something that is only light and hope filled with no hint of darkness, especially if they are Christian I suspect someone not from a Christian background may struggle to engage The book gave hints of deeper thinking and questioning for example in a repeated exhortation to be kind to refugees This is especiall [...]

    • I have wonderfully fond memories of reading this with my kids each Advent season starting when Anna was about 6 or 7 and Luke was 2 or 3 It has a perfect cadence for rereading we looked forward to it every year My children loved it when we had the angel comically shout FEAR NOT FEAR NOT FEAR NOT Ah, those were the days We had hoped to get in a chapter or two this Christmastime when everyone was home, but it didn t happen Maybe next year.

    • 2 5 stars Okay and philosophical but the book could ve gotten its message across in other ways that weren t repetitive To be completely honest The repetition in this book is probably what lowered my rating by a whole star In fact the whole book is a little dull and I didn t enjoy reading it As you can guess it was pretty mundane and I didn t extract much from it because I was so bored I understand that it has philosophical value and that it s oh so deep and lovely and sweet and christmassy but i [...]

    • Christmas is the world s biggest birthday party, for everybody in the world is invited to join in That s why the party has lasted for so many years Fifty years ago a girl disappeared from her home in Norway She ran after a lamb and found herself travelling right across Europe to Palestine, and back through 2,000 years to meet the Holy Family in Bethlehem There Elisabet met angels Ephiriel, Impuriel, Seraphiel, Cherubiel and Evangeliel , shepherds Joshua, Jacob, Isaac and Daniel , wise men Caspar [...]

    • If you have ever read Jostein Gaarder s book, Sophie s World, you know this author can twist the plot in such a way as to boggle the mind The Christmas Mystery is a little innocuous than Sophie s World, and a little meaty than most Christmas fluff stories I first read it several years ago on the advise of my friend Krakovianka, who recently updated her original review here.Our family is enjoying it a second time through this year It is set up similar to an advent calendar, where one entry per [...]

    • Juleevangeliet er ikke det fortellingen om Jesus, i Bibelen Hvor i Bibelen Nei, veit ikke, evangeliene kanskje Som religionsl rer i videreg ende blir jeg litt forundret n r jeg forst r hvor lite ungdom vet om et sentralt element av egen kulturarv juleh ytiden Om det skyldes kunnskapst rke, eller manglende interesse er ikke lett vite Med l rerperspektivet i baggasjen er jeg takknemmelig for Jostein Gaarders prosjekt i Julemysteriet Prosjektet er ambisi st og tidvis preget av redegj relser, som i [...]

    • Gaarder es uno de mis escritores favoritos y este libro me reafirma por qu.En alg n lado le que este fue el que salio despu s de que Gaarde se hiciera famoso con Mundo de Sofia Y se siente un poco similar a este aunque Sof a ni de cerca mi favorito , pero tambi n como los famosos caminitos de adviento para iluminar Hay algo muy musical en el libro, tambi n me record un poco a la canci n de La chivita.Como sea, pensar a que es un producto ambicioso c mo Mundo de Sof a lo fue, pero de forma muy di [...]

    • This book means Christmas to me Well, advent I have always preferred advent to Christmas anyway and this is a steadfast part of my own traditions When the first of December comes around, I have to start reading The Christmas Mystery It s a beautiful story, successfully intertwining the modern tale of Joachim with Elisabet and Epherial s journey across the world and down the spiral of time This is better than an advent calendar As a child, I wished for a magic advent calendar too, but now I don t [...]

    • Leste s klart ut denne alt for sent Burde jo v rt ferdig med den 24sember siden det er en kalender bok Men n ble det ikke slik, s de to siste lukene ble lest ut i g r En nydelig bok Det jeg er kritisk til er at ordet neger er brukt mye For meg er det utelukkende noe jeg ser p som et skjellsord og det f les ubehagelig at det til stadighet m p pekes at en i fortellingen er neger Ellers er boken filosofisk, spennende og kreativ Ogs pluss med vakre illustrasjoner Som kristen synes jeg ogs det er flo [...]

    • An engaging and seasonal read suitable for all ages the plot centres around a magical advent calendar and travellers on the way to Bethlehem set against a modern time zone The traditional Christmas story with a twist and a detective story adds a further depth I enjoyed the story and the historical fact and context Given the current conflict within the world the important message of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men seems most poignant A worthwhile read especially as a chapter a day during A [...]

    • Two stories intertwined as one A really interesting novel which I enjoyed with its chapter a day, like an advent calendar There are some parts where the story could have been expanded and rounded out some but otherwise a really great read I registered a book at BookCrossing BookCrossing journal 13868898

    • We are reading one chapter a day in the morning or afternoon, not as part of our evening advent time.We quit I love the idea, but Eli lost interest, truthfully the story was not all that enticing.

    • I thought that reading this book would be a nice mood booster for the holidays, since I used to love Gaarder s books when I was younger I was wrong The book is just tedious for adults, and not very appropriate for children 1.5 stars, just because I somehow managed to stick with it till the end.

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