Hello, guys! I am back with the last review I was missing from last year! After this, I am hoping to really stick to my bookish resolution and have my reviews uploaded the day I finish or a day after, at the latest.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Pages: 160 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Holiday (Christmas)
Overall Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
Synopsis: The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge’s own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge’s painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge’s heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see?
A classic of classics when it comes to Christmas time. I love my edition of this story (which is the one from the picture, by Simon & Schuster) because it presents a lengthy introduction to Dickens’ world and the historical context surrounding Christmas. The holiday was practically obsolete by the time Dickens decided to pen this story. This was in Victorian London, but as it happens, when a seed is planted, it does not take long before the entire lot is filled with vines so could Christmas be disappearing world-wide as well?
In today’s world, can you begin to imagine Christmas not being part of it? Since it is my favorite holiday, I must say I can’t fathom a world where Christmas lost its magic so I am grateful to Dickens for writing a story that brought it back so fully.
The story centers, as is well known, in Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. It has been seven years since his business associate Jacob Marley passed away. And as Marley once was, Scrooge is a greedy man, that looks to everything and everyone with disdain and thinks that those that celebrate Christmas are foolish and should center their attention on more pressing matters, like making money and enriching themselves. His assistant, Mr. Bob Cratchet and Scrooge’s nephew are both enthusiasts of the holiday which only helps to make Scrooge even grumpier.
However, Jacob Marley turns out to be a bro and decides that he will try to spare Scrooge of his fate by sending him three Spirits to teach him a lesson. The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas to come all show him several truths about himself, his life, those around him and the fate that awaits him.
Now, I’m not going to say more about the ending, in case you don’t know it, remember it or if you want to read it yourself. I will say that it is a lovely Christmas tale and though it is well known, it was great to finally read it. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend that, if you haven’t read it yet, you do so during Christmas time because it adds magic to the tale. It sums up what Christmas is all about, giving, enjoying each other and celebrating the time together
Have you read A Christmas Carol?