Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Publication Date: 1843
Length: about 76 pages (ebook)

We all know the story of this one. I've seen countless movie adaptations, but had never read the book until now. Scrooge, a grumpy old man who cares only for money, is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, who regrets the life he lived and the life Scrooge is still living, and tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future all visit Scrooge that night, teaching him the error of his ways.

I knew I loved the story, but I didn't know if I'd like the writing. I've heard so many mixed things about Dickens. But this story is beautifully written. Perhaps that explains why so many scenes are reproduced word-for-word in the various movies.

This is a wonderful story to read around the holiday season. Very heart-warming.

5 stars.

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