Synopsis from Edelweiss:
This engrossing tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly journeys through Christmases past, present, and future and his ultimate transformation from a harsh and grasping old miser to a charitable and compassionate human being.
In October 1843, Charles Dickens ? heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ? began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.
With its characters exhibiting many qualities ? as well as failures ? often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.
About: A Christmas Carol is a classic fiction written by Charles Dickens. There are so many versions of this book and I don’t know where to begin, but this particular cover was published in 1991 by Dover Publications, paperback, 68 pages. The genres are classics and fiction. This book was intended for readers ages 11 and up, grades 6 and up. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading A Christmas Carol on 12/27/2020 and finished it on 12/31/2020. This book was actually a great read! Visiting ones past sounds familiar and I’m struggling to recall if I have seen this movie before. I like the idea of going back in time and looking over a family’s happenings without them knowing. This is my first read from the author. Problem with classics is the writing. It’s not as straight forward as I’m used to. I was able to understand the author’s writing most of the time, except where the lady seems to break up with Scrooge that I had no idea what she was saying. I enjoyed reading Scrooge’s nephew’s Christmas dinner as well as the Cratchit’s family. The ghosts’ visits were meaningful and I’m glad to finally read this story.
This book was narrated by the author in the first person point of view telling readers about Scrooge who was a grumpy businessman. He didn’t like Christmas and didn’t want to wish anyone a Merry Christmas or receive the wish from anyone, even his nephew. He disliked giving Christmas day off to his employees and having to pay the wages for a day of no work. His business partner died seven years ago so upon arriving home and seeing his business partner’s ghostly face on his knocker was a shock. And furthermore, to see him wandering into his room and warned him that there will be three more ghosts coming his way. Scrooge didn’t believe it until he caught sight of the first ghost. The first ghosts was there to show Scrooge his past experiences with Christmas. The second ghost was there to show him what he’s currently missing out for not attending the Christmas party his nephew invited him. The third ghost, you will soon find out when you read this book.
A Christmas Carol was well written. It’s a good lesson on life. Be good to people and it’s good to reach out because they might needed to know that they have a helping hand. I liked the meaning of each ghost’s visit. The characters were likable, especially Tiny Tim and his family. The writing was great. I liked how the author described Scrooge’s nephew’s wife. I’m glad to have decided to read this book this year and hope to read more classics next year. I saw the movie, 1951 version with colors and understood the story better. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: Christmas, treat people well
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812–70). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens’ popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and rollicking humor of his tales of self-discovery. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money and my opinions are honest.