Monday, November 30, 2009

November Novella - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Trident Press International
Hardcover, 76 pages
Date Published: 2000

Description (Taken from Goodreads)

 A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night. If the experience doesn't change Scrooge's ways, he will end up walking the Earth forever being nothing but an invisible and lonely ghost, like his deceased friend Jacob Marley. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/moneychanger who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love, and the Christmas season.

With the holiday season fast approaching, I thought it was about time I read this classic. I've seen numerous film versions of A Christmas Carol, but I had never actually read the story before. I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint.

The story flows well and Scrooge is such a grumpy, rude, but well-developed and described character that it's impossible to not be drawn into the story. I really enjoyed it. Seeing as how it was written in 1843, the language is quite Victorian and may put some readers off, but I love the rich, Victorian language. A Christmas Carol is a perfect holiday read.

On a side note, if anyone has seen the new Disney adaptation starring Jim Carrey, it follows the book very closely. I enjoyed the movie, but I definitely prefer this novella.

3 comments:

Gregory @ Teens Read and Write said...

I haven't read this...just seen the movie. Probably should check it out since it's a classic.

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

I can't believe I hadn't read it until now. It was certainly worth checking out and make you realize how different some of the movie adaptations are.

Lynn said...

Hey
Glad to see you enjoyed this. I love this book.
Lynn :D

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