Jan 082011
 

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens contains A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Tree Story, Nobody’s Story, and What Christmas Is As We Grow Older. It was a free book that I downloaded from Barnes & Noble on Christmas. It is also on the list of books I wish I’d Read.
I’d like to say Thank You to Mrs. Brister, my son’s 7th grade teacher who gave this as a reading assignment for his Christmas Break.

Christmas is just another day to some.

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They sit and wonder why others make such a big deal about something so silly. An extra day off to visit with relatives, waste money, get plastered, whatever you will. What is the sense?

This particular miser wasn’t always this way and I’ve often wonder what made him so. What was it that made him so selfish. So unrelenting. So sad.

Why was he the one that deserved the visits of the ghosts of the past, present, and future? Why did Bob stay for so very long? Why did his nephew continue to love him year after year?

My Thoughts

I loved this book! I’d planned to wait to read it because I wasn’t able to start it until New Years Day but CJ reminded me that I’d promised to read it with him and he was almost finished. (Crummy of me wasn’t it?) So thus I began.

It was really hard to get into it at first. The writing style was very difficult for me to get used to but I was soon immersed. Hubby and I have watched so many different versions throughout the years yet none have ever satisfied me. (Actually, my favorite had been the Focus on the Family audio version.) The impact of his writing and imagery completely took over and I didn’t want to put it down. This was by far the best way to get my yearly dose of Dickens!

I won’t say that I loved it because I really only liked it… there were places that I had to read several times before I finally understood exactly what he wanted and where he was headed… but it’s absolutely something I’ll read again.

Rating: B+
Buy or Borrow: Buy – An absolute Must Have!
Steam: Nada

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  5 Responses to “Review: A Christmas Carol”

  1. Oh my goodness! This sounds delightful. Another classic to add to my wishlist!

    P.S. This is Jamie from The Book Junkie's Bookshelf….that account was hacked so I've moved my book blogging to this account.

  2. I read this story with my junior high students a few years back. It's such a great redemption/second chance story. I think I've seen just about every movie version, too. Love the one with George C. Scott. (Dickens style is tough so I think we read a slightly abridged version.)

  3. Right? I loved it and remembered thinking, "Why did I wait so long to read this?" Great review.

  4. I got this one too when B&N offered it for free, but alas, I haven't read it yet. I really need to plan on it soon. Thanks for sharing, Gina!

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