Review: Day 1: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

* This is the first of (hopefully) twelve days of Christmas themed mini blog posts to make up for my appalling lack of updates on this blog over the past few months owing to university deadlines and severe writer’s block. However, these will be short blast reviews of classic and less well known Christmas stories ranging from Dickens to Dr Seuss. The first will be published today however because I am going to be away from the computer on Christmas Day.

This has got to be one of the most adapted Christmas stories of all time. Everyone has their ‘definitive’ movie adaptation of the novella (mine is The Muppets version) regardless of race, gender or nationality. The character of Ebenezer Scrooge has entered popular culture as the proverbial Christmas hating miser with ‘Bah humbug’ being the ultimate Written in 1843 and eventually formed back of his ‘Christmas Books’ (which a lot of these reviews will be derived from) the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the visitors he receives in the early hours of Christmas morning has become an integral part of the Christmas lexicon but few have read the original novel.

This is a great shame. I am no Charles Dickens fan, I have always found his novels far too heavy going to get through, but this short novella (less than a hundred pages even in the edition I was reading) can be consumed in an afternoon by the fireside at any point the reader may want to escape the family and endless games of Trivial Pursuit for some culture. Its spooky, its Christmassy its every thing you’d expect from the screen transported into a succinct and simple story designed to teach the meaning of Christmas and goodwill to all men.

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