Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Book Info:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 24, 2008)
ISBN-13: 9781440472909
Genre: Classic, Fiction
Source: Project Gutenberg, eBook
Rating: 4/5

One of the most beloved Christmas stories in English, 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. A perennial classic that has become as much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe and evergreen wreaths.

I don't usually get into holiday stories, but I wanted to get at least a little closer to completing my classics challenge, so I gave this one a try.

The thing that surprised me the most about A Christmas Carol was how readable the story was. One of the main reasons classics intimidate me is I'm afraid the language will be hard to read. This was not the case with A Christmas Carol at all. While I'm sure knowing the story helped, the story flowed well and I am excited to give Dickens another try. 4 stars

Do you have a favorite Charles Dickens book?


Marie Cloutier said...

Great Expectations is in my opinion one of the best books ever written in English. I hope you get a chance to read it & that you enjoy it. It's wonderful!

Sandy Nawrot said...

You should probably sit down before I tell you this. I've never read Dickens. However, I recently ordered Great Expectations on audio from the library, so that shall soon be remedied!

Jenny said...

I meant (again) to read this this year but never got around to it. The only other Dickens book I remember is Great Expectations and I don't remember if I loved the book itself, but doing that unit in class was fun. We also made a video doing our own skit of parts of the book... that was around the time the movie came out.

Lisa said...

I love this story. Dickens writes such wonderful characters.

Ti said...

Great Expectations is my favorite but Oliver Twist is a close second. I didn't get around to reading A Christmas Carol this year. I got to just about everything else but missed that.

Zibilee said...

I can't say I have a favorite, since I've only read one, but I just loved Great Expectations and it made my top read of the year. I hope you get the chance to read it, it's a great story!