A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
First published in England by Chapman And Hall on the 19th December 1843.
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How I got this book:
Bought from a charity shop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'"A Christmas Carol in Prose: The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens's sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.'
I love the story of A Christmas Carol! I have seen film and TV versions including the great Blackadder one, and even attended a memorable live performance given by actor Clive Francis, however I don't think I have actually read the book since childhood so was delighted to find a battered vintage edition in a charity shop. Dickens' prose is wonderfully evocative and I don't think anyone can beat his detailed descriptions of Victorian London and the people inhabiting Scrooge's world. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting A Christmas Carol and the story is an essential part of Christmas tradition for me.
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