Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Wisehouse Classics
Release Date: November 6, 2015, originally December 19, 1843
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London on December 1843. 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’ 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.
It’s surprising that I had never read A Christmas Carol considering how much I love Victorian novels. My mom doesn’t like this story so I think that influenced me. But now I have finally read it!
Of course, there were no surprises with this story. It was exactly what I was expecting. There are so many adaptations of this story! It is such an important part of Christmas. Two Christmas movie adaptations I can think of are Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and It’s a Wonderful Life. Both are great examples of movies that were adapted to fit the story into a more modern setting.
The story has also added to pop culture. I kept thinking “Scrooge is being such a… Scrooge!” It’s funny how his name has really become a mainstream word.
This story is nice and short too. It takes less than two hours to read. This makes it the perfect book for a cozy winter night in with some hot cocoa.