REVIEW: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

26Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Year of Publication: 1843
Genre: Classics
Format: Paperback
Length: 113 pages
First Line: “Marley was dead, to begin with.”

Summary: Scrooge was a foul old man who wrapped his cold, uncaring heart in chains. Chains of greed. Bigotry. Contempt. Apathy. Selfishness. He detested the world, and was alone. Until the night his long-dead partner Marley appeared.

A hideous specter forced to walk the earth forever, Marley was damned. As Scrooge would be… unless he agreed to face three ghosts. One would take Scrooge back to the memories he’d buried. One would show Scrooge the world of joy and friendship he’d rejected. One would force Scrooge into the dreadful shadows of the future he’d forged.

Three ghosts of Christmas. Of Christmas Past. Of Christmas Present. Of Christmas Yet to Come. All offering Scrooge a single gift-a chance.

A last chance to give love.

A last chance to join life.

Review: I’d never read A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Seen many TV versions (Muppets is the best version in my opinion) but never got around to reading the book. So for the holiday season I decided to give it a try.

I thought the book started off strong. It really had me intrigued. I was counting off all the similarities and differences in all the TV specials and movies I’d seen. Dickens really spelled out the bleakness of this world and how horrible a childhood Scrooge had.

However, by the end, it was like ‘okay I get the point blah blah’. Perhaps Dickens or Scrooge felt the same way because when he met the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come he basically was like ‘I know you are going to show me things that will enlighten me so can we get on with it?’.

It’s also short. Probably in part because it was published bit by bit in newspapers but also because Dickens originally toured around the country and did live readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. But it’s a plus. If you are really determined you can finish it in a few hours or in a day.

Worst part: By the end I was over this.

Best part: Started off strong.

Grade: C

Recommend For: I’d definitely recommend this one to everyone. It’s a classic (I think this is the first book I’ve read that I have categorized as a classic) and most people probably have seen the TV films and specials adapting from the book but have never actually read the story itself.

Other Books by This Author: A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations

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