Merry Christmas everyone! What better book to discuss on Christmas than A Christmas Carol?
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Where did I get this book and how many pages?
This book is available on a free book app, and clocks in at 113 pages.
Have I read this book before?
No. Our family did more Christmas movies than calm readings on Christmas Eve. There were too many kids jumping around waiting for Santa to expect to get through any readings in our house. The closest we came was watching the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas cartoon.
What do I already know?
I think I know a lot. Ebenezer, Tiny Tim, three ghosts, redemption. I’ve seen the play a time or two. The story is fairly famous, and there are many, many, many movie versions out there. I have a particular fondness for the muppet version; I know Charles Dickens did not look like Gonzo the Great, but wouldn’t it be fun if he did? Besides, I can’t help but cry every time I hear the song, ‘The Love is Gone.’
What do I think now?
It is amazing how many lines from The Muppet Christmas Carol were actually accurate to the book. Considering the story involves a frog Bob Cratchit, you would think it would not be as close to the real story as it was. There were no real surprises, but I still don’t understand how Scrooge changing his ways effected the health of Tiny Tim.
Should you read this book before you die?
This is one of the few times when I am not certain someone needs to read the book. It is good, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Sure, everything happens around Christmas, and discusses keeping the holiday season within a certain spirit, however the idea transcends the season. It is about being a good person, and accepting that karma will come around; if you are a jerk, no one will want to come to your funeral. However, this story is so huge, and generally accurate, I’m not sure how much more a person will gain by actually reading the book. I thought I would learn a lot of new facts and details, or see where things were changed, but it would appear that this book has the respect of the literary and entertainment community. People don’t want to change it, so there is not much new to be gathered by reading the book. Of course, on the other hand, it is only 113 pages, so it’s not like it will be taking you far out of your way. Go for it.
Up next in the new year, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame followed by The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. Merry Christmas everyone, and if I don’t see you next week, Happy New Year.