My rating: 4 stars
Charles Dickens is an author whose books I frequently add to my wish list. A Christmas Carol is one of his most famous works and served as inspiration for a variety of films. It spreads the message that money is not the most important element for a life filled with happiness. Celebrating Christmas with family and friends is much more significant. Scrooge was a bitter man, but he was given the opportunity to discover the true meaning of Christmas and learn about compassion.
Scrooge despised Christmas. He was an old miser, whose former business partner, Marley, had died seven years before the beginning of the story. Nevertheless, he was to receive his visit once more. When Marley’s ghost appeared in his house, Scrooge didn’t want to believe his own eyes. The ghost was able to stand still, but his hair moved as if it were being blown by the wind. He wore a chain, representing all the mistakes he had committed during his lifetime. He warned Scrooge that he would be visited by three spirits that would give him the chance to avoid Marley’s fate.
The spirits’ mission was to guide Scrooge through Christmas past, present and future, so he could learn some lessons on life. The festive spirit is present throughout the book, and it was interesting to know what various families did during Christmas day. However, the section on Christmas present went on for a bit too long, as some of the details didn’t grab my attention.
Surprisingly (at least for me), this is quite an atmospheric and effortlessly funny book at times. A humorous tone is used in many occasions.
“Scrooge asked the question, because he didn’t know whether a ghost so transparent might find himself in a condition to take a chair; and felt that in the event of it being impossible, it might involve the necessity of an embarrassing explanation.”
A Christmas Carol is a tender, redeeming, short read that will appeal to many.