Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the 5 Mintues for Books Classics BookClub. I was actually supposed to have this post up last Tuesday but at least it is here is the way I have been going this week.

I am surprised that I have not read this classic before. I have read Great Expectations many times. I have read Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities and I think one other. I am a fan of Charles Dickens. All that to say I did like the print version of A Christmas Carol. I have seen the stage version many times and of course the different movie variations. I kept hearing in my head the sound effects and seeing past performances. So that did distract some for me.

I felt like the book had details in it that I do not remember from the stage and movie productions. I really liked reading Dickens's famous words for myself like God Bless Us Everyone said by Tiny Tim. The language and different sayings in the book are interesting. I heard Dickens's version in his words. But I like the stage/movie version too. I don't think I can pick one version as a favorite. I think that is a testament to Charles Dickens and his original story. The characters are interesting and plot unique as in the original. I think everyone knows at least the basics of this timeless tale. It encourages us to see beyond ourselves and not be selfish. I think it is a long lasting classic and deserves it.

I highly recommend reading A Christmas Carol even if you have already seen another form of it. It is definitely worth it. :)

1 comment:

Bookfool said...

I love A Christmas Carol, but I haven't read it in quite a while. Might be time for a reread.

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