BOOK REVIEW: A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens

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Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Christmas
First published: 1843
Finished reading: December 23rd 2014
Pages: 160
Rating 4

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”

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I have been wanting to read this classic by Charles Dickens for ages. This year I finally came around actually reading A Christmas Carol and I’m glad that I did. A lot of stories, series and movies have been based on this story about the three Spirits visiting Ebeneezer Scrooge, and it is nice to finally read the original version. I already knew what was going to happen, but still I very much enjoyed reading A Christmas Carol. Recommended to anyone who is or wants to be in the Christmas mood!

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Since I think most people are more than familiar with the story already, I will keep this summary short. A Christmas Carol is about a coldhearted and money loving man called Ebeneezer Scrooge, who thinks money is everything and doesn’t care about affection or charity. He hates Christmas and is reluctant to grant even his employee the day off on Christmas day, and writes off the good wishes as folly. Then, at night, his old (and dead!) partner Jacob Marley visits him with a warning: Scrooge has to change, or things will turn out badly for him.

Three spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come will visit Scrooge and show him what he is missing. He slowly realizes what the spirits want to show him and learns his lessons. Charity and kindness are important and will change lives, not only during Christmas but the whole year. Scrooge is determined to change his behavior and save his soul…

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A Christmas Carol is a short but sweet Christmas story with some strong life lessons. This classic by Charles Dickens is definitely worth reading and perfect to get you in the holiday mood! It is amazing that a story written so many years ago turns out to be timeless…

WWW Wednesdays #22 – Christmas Edition

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I’m baaaack!! 😀 It took a bit more time than originally planned to actually finish everything, but life is finally back to normal. Just in time for Christmas! I haven’t had much time to read in the last two weeks, but I managed to finish two books… Ah, and before I continue, I first want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas!

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On to the meme… Originally featured at Should Be Reading, WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

twelveyearsaslaveI’m finally continuing with Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, a story about a free man who was forced into slavery during twelve years. Since I didn’t have much free time to actually sit down with a paperback, I didn’t get much reading done… But now I have, I’m hoping to finish this one soon.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

achristmascarolI16139704 finished The Racketeer by John Grisham the other day, as well as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The first one didn’t fully convince me; the main character turns out to be a crook and it is not easy to symphatize with his situation. A Christmas Carol was the perfect read just before Christmas, and I’m glad I finally came around reading the original story!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Since I will be completing the Bookish Bingo challenge as soon as I finish reading Twelve Years A Slave, it will be REALLY hard to choose my next read. I have no idea so far which title to pick next, and I might end up using my TBR cup to decide for me…