- Author Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is a perennial favourite, the complete and utter definition of a classic and rightly so. Short and to the point, not filled with excess waffle, and with a fantastic journey from start to finish, the book grabs you and won’t let you go.
Of course, I can’t read this without picturing every step as the Muppets version, which is perhaps unfortunate to the original, but a great time for me. Some of the word for word pieces make me smile, and the songs riff through my head as I go along.
That being the case, I hadn’t realised until reading it this time that you can hear Ebenezer changing as he goes along - wishing, even with the first spirit, that he could go back and change something that he’d done. I thought he was more grumpy throughout, with more of an abrupt change at the end, but it’s nice to see him developing as each spirit does their work.
It’s often hard to find things to say about something you like so very much - you just like it and that’s that. Perhaps the only criticism is some of the wandering sentences, Mr Dickens is no stranger to breaking up a thought with commas, semi-colons and dashes, but even so, that gives it a kind of colloquial style. Friendly and approachable, that’s the style of the book, if the complete opposite of the protagonist.
Top notch. Perhaps I will make it an annual treat.