Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A christmas carol A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like…and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill.

Listened to as part of Craftlit podcast. This was actually 2010’s Christmas book, but I’ve only got around to listening to it in full now. The book has pervaded so much of our definition of Christmas that it’s actually good to go back to the original text and find out what was covered.

Heather, as an English Lit teacher, gives an excellent commentary over the various chapters and manages to give a little context around Dickens, how his upbringing could well have affected the writing of the book – eg Scrooge’s attitude towards the poorhouse for instance, and why the Ghost throws it back in his face.

The Narrator (from Librivox I believe) was excellent and well suited to the story

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