A Christmas Carol

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Book Reviews

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I think most people are familiar with this classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge. He is a grumpy and bitter old man who cares nothing for anyone. He hoards his wealth and hates and despises everyone. His nephew tried to bring the Christmas spirit to him every year without success. His famous catchphrase ba humbug expresses his dislike of the Christmas season. Solicitors looking for donations for the poor and needy come to Scrooge looking for donations. He asks if there are not poor houses, prisons, and labor unions that could give the poor what they want. He is told that some would rather die. Being the bitter old man he is he states “Then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population”.

This sets the stage for Scrooge as he heads home Christmas eve night to find himself being haunted by the ghost of his deceased partner Marley. This ghost shows him the chains he forged in life and how they bind him to endless misery and woe because of the selfish life he lead. Scrooge attempts to write off his ghost and delusions of his mind. He soon learns that this is not true and is promised a visit by 3 spirits who will teach him the true spirit of Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas past. The ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future .

Scrooge is now forced to relive his life up to the present and what his future will look like if he does not change his heart and ways. Seeing visions of his past, seeing the suffering and trials and those in the present and ultimately seeing the result of his life’s choices at his own death. His heart is changed for the better and he embraces the Christmas and charitable spirit no longer bitter and angry he learns that life is better when you love your fellow man.

This book has as simple story flow and way of telling the story. It honestly does not captivate me to want to read more. That may be in part because I already knew the story so well that I had already knew what was going to happen ahead of time. The characters in the book are well described yet simply in this short story. It does not leave much lacking as far as story. I enjoyed reading it and I’m sure you will as well.

It is a story with a moral and a great lesson for all of us. If we serve our fellow man and have a heart of charity we will be better off for it.

I give this book 6/10 book worms

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