Review of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

A Christmas CarolTitle: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Release Date: December 19, 1843
Pages: 104
Genre: Classic, Fiction, Fantasy, Holiday


“I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,” said the Spirit. “Look upon me!”

The holiday season brings the chance to give, and what better gift is there than one of the most beloved stories in the English language? This year, we at Atria Books are offering a free ebook edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the perfect companion for a cozy night by the fire.

Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol and the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge have become literary classics. Illuminated with practical scholarship and questions for discussion, this edition makes a charming package that includes the facts behind the fiction, as well as the pure joy and magic of this timeless tale about the true meaning of Christmas.

Classic Challenge Review by Wendy:

This is one of the rare classic novels on our ‘To Read’ shelf that I was looking forward to reading.  This story has been re-told so many times that I felt I already had a pretty good idea of the overall plot and flow.  After reading it, yes, my preconceived impression of this classic tale proved to be correct, however, the actual novel by far exceeded my expectations! 

Charles Dickens’s original version of this classic tale is superior to many of the other interpretations, including the plethora of movies that have been released since.  In this book, I felt so much more connected to Ebenezer Scrooge (I didn’t see that coming).  Reading the book specifically from his point of view, intrigued my interest in this familiar story and created a connection between the reader and Mr. Scrooge.  My previous impression of Mr. Scrooge, I believe, was very cliche.  I viewed him as a grumpy old man, greedy and uncaring.  After reading the Ebenezer Scrooge Charles Dickens created, I saw him as more complex man, lonely and entrenched in habit and self-preservation.  Scrooge’s loneliness was completely self-imposed, but not necessarily intentional.  After understanding more of his history, we realize his frugal ways and cold demeanor is more a result of a defense mechanism he developed from a young age to safeguard his own feelings and person.

My favorite part of the whole book was how genuine Ebenezer’s epiphany transformed the crotchety old grump.  After all the ends were tied up and conclusions drawn, I still found myself wanting to read more.  It was truly enjoyable to feel the drastic change in Ebenezer’s outlook and I wanted to stay in his ‘happy place’.

Maybe ending the book on such a high note played greatly to my want for a happy ending and in turn elevated my rating of this short holiday tale.  The quality of the overall content of the story as a whole, however speaks for itself.

Wendy’s Rating: 5/6
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