A Christmas Carol book review


January 21, 2016

11 thoughts on “A Christmas Carol book review

  1. I teach this novel every year to my high school students in the week before we leave for Christmas break. After we read it, I show the George C Scott movie version. He was such a good actor, and really brings the book to life for the students. I am the only teacher left here who thinks it is worth the time. I know that it is.

  2. I love Dickens. Connecting to his use of language, which is so different from how we speak and write today, opens up a whole world of linguistic possibilities.

  3. It’s perhaps the only Dickens I was able to read through to completion, due to its shorter length. I was in high school at the time and remember being scared. That’s when you know a book has done its job…when it’s able to evoke that level of emotion.

  4. I think it’s easy to dismiss the ending as abrupt, and it is, but I think it has worth. Changes of heart are often sudden and abrupt. I still think it has merit and worth though. I love the classics.

  5. I think it’s one of those books where an abridged version can be so much better than the original (Dumas also benefits IMHO). Dickens goes on *forever* with the Ghost of Christmas Present. I guess before TV, people really wanted their money’s worth out of an author, but unless you are researching Victorian celebrations, you can skip lots of this without losing anything

  6. In seeing this review, it reminded me of this treasure of a story. I need to re-read. The shorter length is helpful, and this is the perfect time of year to bring out this book. My favorite movie version is the Muppet Christmas Carol, as it conveys the uber-creepy ringing of the bells in a great way. Thanks for the reminder!

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