13. A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens

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I read this one because it’s nice and short, it’s Christmas and I have never read it before (even though I’m sure I must have seen all the various film and tv adaptations of it over the years).

Everyone knows the story don’t they? Mean old Ebeneezer Scrooge hates Christmas and is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley, then the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come who reveal to him the error of his ways and make such an impression on him that he has a complete character change just in time for Christmas Day.

Even if you know the story off by heart because of Bill Murray or the Muppets or whoever, it is still worth reading the original in all it’s glory. Dickens is one of the masters of atmosphere and characters with descriptions which conjure up vivid images in your head from the cramped house of the Crachits to the resplendent green robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present. It would be wonderful read aloud. I think I will make an annual reading of A Christmas Carol one on my Christmas traditions (along with other such cultured activities as watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, of course!)

A merry 5 stars

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