10 December 2015

Book Review: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 17/05/2012
Pages: 112
Source: Amazon freebie
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn't like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!"

A Christmas Carol is a story that we all know whether we have actually read the book or watched one of the many adaptations. Previously, I have read abridged versions when I was a kid. This was my first time reading the original and I am so glad that I finally did.

The writing is, of course, beautiful and just so descriptive. You really do get a perfect insight into the harsh lives at the time. No wonder Dickens is one of the greats. I also really liked the characters. Yes, even Scrooge. Probably because I'm so used to his story. I do sort of feel that Scrooge is just your average grumpy old man who has had a tough life. In his own way, I find him quite endearing.

What I was surprised by was how long it actually took me to read A Christmas Carol. Almost a week! For 112 pages! This may be because this is my first Dickens and I needed to acclimatise to the style of writing and the language used. (Note to self: read more Classics!)

I really liked reading the original, unabridged version of A Christmas Carol. I really can't wait to read more Dickens now either.

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