To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Published December 19, 1843 by Chapman & Hall
Format: Kindle e-book; 73 pages
Also By This Author: Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
This is me attempting to catch up on book reviews from last year…
Last month I finally, for the first time ever, read A Christmas Carol. I amazed even myself by waiting that long to read it. Of course I knew the story; I’ve seen enough movie versions and even that one Boy Meets World episode that re-imagines Mr. Feeny as the Ghost of Christmas Future. But I had never read it! I had it in my mind that I could only read A Christmas Carol when it was actually Christmastime, and each December I would be so overwhelmed with holiday preparations or finishing reading challenges that I’d keep putting the Charles Dickens story aside for another year.
Well, 2016 was finally that year and I’m not at all surprised to say that I truly enjoyed A Christmas Carol and I can see why it will forever be a holiday classic and one of Charles Dickens’s most beloved works.
As expected, the Ghost of Christmas Present creeped me out, the idea of Tiny Tim passing away made me cry, and the renewed and re-inspired Ebenezer Scrooge buying the prize turkey and sending it in a cab to Bob Crachit’s house, all the while chuckling and probably confounding the poor messenger boy, made me chuckle as well.
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
Read This Book If…
…you wish it were Christmas all year long.
…you enjoy shorter, novella-length books.
…you want to rediscover a classic.
…you’ve never read Dickens before and are looking to ease your way into his works.
I’ve heard that there are some wonderfully done audiobook versions of A Christmas Carol, including one by Neil Gaiman. Maybe this December I’ll listen to one of those narrations while wrapping Christmas presents :)
3 thoughts on “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens”
It’s been so long since I read this one, and I think my memories of the film adaptations has colored what I know of the story. I should go back and read the original to see exactly what happened. Especially if Neil Gaiman reads it!
I think I liked the book better than the film versions I’ve seen (which is usually the case…), except if you include It’s a Wonderful Life as a sort of adaptation. It’s one of my favorite movies and it’s very similar to A Christmas Carol.
I’ll try and listen to the Neil Gaiman version next Christmas!
I read this last month for the first time in many years, and also thoroughly enjoyed it!