Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.

Not quite sure how I’ve got to the age of 38 and never read a Dickens novel – ashamed as I am to say it!
This was the choice for book club this month so have been ‘forced’ to read it. I would expect most people know the story or have seen a film or TV version but not me. I picked up this copy in a second hand book shop, it’s illustrations are quite dark and sinister looking, didn’t really like these.

It’s a fairly short story so I read it in a couple of days, however the language is a little difficult to grasp so I found myself reading paragraphs a couple of times to understand the meaning of what was being said. Dickens is a very descriptive writer so it was easy to imagine the Victorian London scenes.

A classic tale of morals and changing your ways – there are probably a few people around now who could do with a visit from the 3 spirits themselves.
I found it to have a predictable ending but it is set at Christmas, and there’d be no point in writing a moralistic story if the baddie didn’t change his ways. A good festive read, one that everyone should read just once!

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