A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: Review

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Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Prestwick House Inc.
Publication Date: 1843
Length: 86
Series: Stand Alone
Reason for Discovery: I have seen every incarnation of the movie. I thought I should read the book.

This is a book that I got for free, so it satisfies COYER's requirements!

From GoodReads:

In his "Ghostly little book," Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world's most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.

For those of you who don't know, this book is about a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These three ghosts teach Scrooge the importance of Christmas and of kindness.

I have watched lots of different versions of A Christmas Carol on the television and in the theater. I have seen Scrooge played as an animated character, a woman, and an alien or two. I thought it was time for me to sit down and read this short book. I had tried to read it back when I was in high school, but I didn't find it compelling at the time. I think I had seen one too many movies of the story, and I was burnt out.

I must admit that I was rather impressed by this little story. It is a short story and the writing is very tight. You move at a brisk pace but You never feel rushed. I was pleasantly surprised that to discover that there were a few bits of the text that I haven't seen (or at least rarely saw) in movie versions of this tale. These little discoveries sprinkled through the text made reading the book enjoyable, because I was on the look out for parts of the story that don't usually make it to the screen. 

If you are a fan of one of the movie versions of this tale or love a Christmas story of redemption, A Christmas Carol is for you. I give this book a 4 out of 5.


10 comments:

Reviews from a Book Worm said...
November 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Great review. I have never read the book, I have seen so many different adaptations that it had put me off reading it. I feel like I should give it a try as I keep hearing wonderful things about this story.

katenread said...
November 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I've read A Christmas Carol a handful of times and I'm always surprised at how good it is.

Pamela D said...
November 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM

It was much better than I thought. As an added bonus it is less than 100 pages, so you are not out too much time, if you don't like it. :)

Pamela D said...
November 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM

I was really surprised how good it was too! I thought it would be tiring to read, because I had seen so many adaptations of it, but it wasn't!

Chene Sterckx said...
December 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Short and sweet review :) I haven't ever thought of reading this story. I am so glad to hear it surprised you in a good way :)

Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

kimbacaffeinate said...
December 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I loved this, two years ago I read one about Marlowe, and it was so good..hmm I cannot think of the name it .

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...
December 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Good review! This is one of my favorite Christmas stories. I've read the story at least two or three times, and there's a great audiobook version read by Jim Dale (who read the US version of the Harry Potter audiobooks.) I also love several of the film adaptations, including the George C. Scott and Patrick Stewart versions and the musical version with Albert Finney.

Pamela D said...
December 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Writing reviews for short books is surprisingly hard! :) I don't want my review to be longer than the book! :) It is a cute story. If you are a fan of the movie version, you will like this little tale.

Pamela D said...
December 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

If you remember the name of the book, let me know. Tis the season for holiday books!

Pamela D said...
December 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I love Jim Dale. I will have to check the audio book out. Thanks for suggesting it! :)

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