A Christmas Carol
First of all, merry Christmas everyone! In the spirit of the season, I decided to read a Christmas-related 1001 book, and what better choice than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol?
I was already familiar with the basics of the story, as I’m sure that most of you are as well. Ebenezer Scrooge is an old miser who says “Bah humbug” to Christmas and helping the poor and basically basically everything else. Until he’s visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley, who has been doomed to wander the earth in the chains he created in life. He warns Scrooge that unless he changes his ways, he will share the same fate. Scrooge is then visited by three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.
Even though I knew the story so well, it was still nice to see those aspects that don’t get covered in your average Christmas special. Like the fact that the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to visit many more places than just the Cratchit’s house. Or how the Ghost of Christmas Past has a constantly shifting appearance. The whole thing also had a certain Dickensian quality to it that doesn’t quite come through in modern adaptations.
It was basically a nice, short read for the holiday season. So I’ll keep this review nice and short, too. Enjoy your holiday!
- Bah, Humbug: Pondering a Poor Cinematic Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (reelclub.wordpress.com)
- The Many Faces of A Christmas Carol (biffbampop.com)
- Quote of the moment: Ebenezer Scrooge, and darkness is cheap (still, in 2012) (timpanogos.wordpress.com)