I reread A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens just about every Christmas. I love the story of personal redemption as Ebenezer Scrooge learns from his past, recognizes the facts of the present, and learns to hope for the best in the future. For me, the appeal of this ghostly tale is the recognition that I likewise forget the past, present, and future; hopefully I can recognize my errors before I become a “ba-humbug!”.
Who What When Where Why How
I struggled to write this review because I enjoy A Christmas Carol so much, I’ve read it a dozen times in my life, and I imagine the majority of those reading this review have already read it. Therefore, I’m going to keep it short and sweet by falling back on the questions format I did to start my Iliad summary.
Who is it about? Ebenezer Scrooooooooooge, plus Bob Cratchitt and Tiny Tim, the ghost of Jacob Marley, and three spirits (I love the characters in this book; they are all so real to me!)
What’s the big deal? Scrooge is a “humbug” about Christmas and a selfish, greedy man every other day of the year; he needs some convincing to be happy about the day and generous with his wealth. (Don’t we all need a reminder sometimes?!)
When does this happen? Christmas Eve, of course
Where are there ghosts? England somewhere, in Mr. Scrooge’s rooms
Why is Scrooge haunted? Scrooge’s stingy-ness will led to lots of bad things, including his own damnation.
How is Scrooge convinced that Christmas isn’t a humbug? The spirits of Christmases past, present, and future convince him to be nicer about Christmas.
The three spirits, to me, create the “magic” of the story. For me, the haunting by three spirits is incredibly well thought of and well executed. The three spirits follow a universal theme for everyone, for aren’t we all made up of our pasts, our present life, and our hopes and fears for the future?
I love A Christmas Carol. It’s the definitive Christmas story of personal change, and a great reminder that Christmas is about being generous with others and sharing our lives.
Why do you like A Christmas Carol? Or do you dislike it? If so, why do you dislike it? I’m intensely curious why someone wouldn’t like it (I’m sure you are out there!).
I’m looking for a lovely, realistically illustrated, unabridged copy of A Christmas Carol for my bookshelves. Can anyone recommend one, preferably still in print?
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