Book Review: A Christmas Carol

It feels silly to review a classic. The story has already proven itself. I suppose I could say the prose held up to my expectations. I love the way Charles Dickens writes, although at times it is dense and requires me to slow down to allow processing time. Either way, I love the way old prose challenges my mind, it helps to work the muscles that aren’t often used.

We all know the story – grumpy Scrooge is visited by three spirits: one from the past, one from the present, and one from the future. These spirits show him things that have happened, are currently happening, or will happen, things which he has caused due to his choices. After the third visit, Ebenezer Scrooge decides to be a positive, loving, emphatic person – hoping to change the future.

If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens yet, pick it up. It’s a small novella, a quick read, it may be a little challenging, but his writing is just fantastic.



Currently Reading: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I haven’t been feeling like I’m ready to let the Christmas season go just yet (still have my tree up, haha!), so I decided to finally read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


Blurb on Goodreads:

“In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre 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 favourite 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, warm-hearted, 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.”

A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season.  By Christmas it sold six thousand copies and it continued to be popular into the new year.  Eight stage adaptations were in production within two months of the book’s publication.”