24 December, 2016

REVIEW: CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

Title: Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Series: -
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 104


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In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family's meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England's greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.

 
I think there isn't a person in the entire world who wouldn't know Christmas story about an old grumpy man, who got on more chance to change his life and become kind and open his heart to other people. I actually remember seeing this story in a form of a cartoon years ago and it just stick with me!


 
THE WORLD: We find ourselves in Victorian London. It's Christmas Eve and London is getting ready for the holidays. It sounds like a nice picture and while I was listening to it I was in the best Christmas mood but actually there is poverty and trauma and people who almost don't get by. So while this is a Christmas story I think it has  really good message, but all in good time.

CHARACTERS: The main character in the book is  Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich man who has a heart as cold as ice. He is grumpy, he hates everyone, he's not kind or even remotely nice to anyone! For those who don't know, the plot of this story is that at Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his late partner Fezzwig, who basically tells him that if he won't start being nice, he will end up in a horrible place, and that three ghosts will visit him tonight. Therefore, apart from Scrooge we have Ghost of Christmas Past, who sup possibly has to resemble a child. This ghost takes Scrooge to his past and all the past Christmas, to the time when he was a happy kid who believed in everything, was kind and happy. Here we get to know Scrooge as a person a little more. We learn that something has happened to him in his past that caused him to slowly shut out as a person. After the Past Ghost leaves we meet the Ghost of Christmas Present, who is this weird giant, takes Scrooge to take a lot of how people he knows celebrate Christmas. They visit the house of Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer's clerk, who is rather poor and we get to know that he has a tragedy in his home, but what touched me the most was that even thought Bob was poor and had a huge issue in this family he and his family were still so thankful, so kind so full of hope. We also get to see how Scrooge other family, celebrate Christmas without him. We visit Fred's (his nephew's house) and we see the family eating and having a good time, but they're still sad that Scrooge is not there with them.

Lastly, we get to meet Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and here we get to really Gothic vibes for me. We go through this mysterious funeral, and we find out whose funeral it is and our main character is so shocked that it makes Scrooge rethink his priority in life!

LOVE: Apart from love for family and one selves I didn't find love to have any other role. Maybe just a small one.

PLUS: I enjoyed how simple this story is and what huge lesson it teaches everyone! That you should never be grumpy and mean to others, or stingy and obnoxious! You must always be thankful for what you have to always always be kind!

MINUS: I have to admit, I did at one point got a little bored. Shame on me! The language at times was also a little bit too much for me. Too complicated.

OVERALL: I would most definitely recommend this as a gift for smaller kids, just to set them an example of how  important it is to be kind and nice and also it's a story that will never lose it's wonderful importance!

I also wanted to wish every single reader a wonderful and happy Christmas! May the days be cozy and warm and never forget to smile and be kind to each other! Merry Christmas!


 


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