Friday, December 26, 2014

Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Publication Date: first published December 19, 1843
Genre: classic
Length: 106 pages
Source: purchased

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge's own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge's painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge's heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see? 

It's pretty likely that you are very familiar with this story even if you've never read the book (as long as you celebrate Christmas, that is). There have been countless adaptations of this story and I have seen almost all of them but am just now reading 'A Christmas Carol' for the first time. As a fan of Dickens it was well worth my time to read this classic despite knowing the story by heart. I love and fully understand the old-fashioned prose that can sometimes confuse newer readers and found it to be extremely enjoyable. 

I think the most important thing to take away from this book is not just how you should feel about Christmas, but how you should feel about life in general. There are so many 'Scrooge's out there in the world that it makes me glad that we have a holiday that embodies all that is good and cheerful in humanity and reminds us to be our best, most caring selves. And this is coming from someone who has never really been a big fan of Christmas. (I wear my Grinch cap with pride!) I hope more people take the time to read this classic tale and I hope that it can change them, too.

'A Christmas Carol' has such a great message to impart that I would love to make it a family tradition to read this book every December.

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