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Marley was dead to begin with . . . These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. W...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Shadow Mountain
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If there is a truly tragic character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, it is Jacob Marley. Ebenezer Scrooge gets a second chance at redemption but Marley is condemned to shoulder the weight of his transgressions for all eternity. Not a whole lot of justice in that is there? Now apparently, I’m not the only who feels this is a serious offense. Author R. William Bennett also concluded Dickens treat...more
Drew Graham
Jacob Thelonius Marley is born under humble circumstances, but has great potential to do good in the world. As he grows older and pride begins to infect his previously noble heart, a chain of events is set in motion that leads to his eventual meeting with Ebenezer Scrooge and their business partnership, his own miserable demise, and his subsequent ghostly appearance to Scrooge on that fateful Christmas Eve.

So I read this after finishing (and not very much liking) Tom Mula's Jacob Marley's Christ...more
Mary Lou
What a wonderful book to place on the shelf next to Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The author does a good job of lifting the secondary character of Jacob Marley out of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and rounds it out, filling in background on just who Marley was, what type of family he came from, and how his own choices created the creature that appears to Scrooge on Christmas Eve. I like how the author describes the character of Marley: "For the corrupt character of Jacob Thelonius Marley was not m...more
"Jacob realized that he was no more than an entry in Scrooge's ledger-in an account that was now being closed. "
"What a wretched man," Marley thought. "Whatever in the world made him?"
Whether it was seconds or minutes, Marley did not know, but he paused so completely he thought his heart had stopped beating.
"I did," were his own words that came to him.
"I did, I made Ebenezer Scrooge."

These are some of Jacob T. Marley's final thoughts as he lays on his death bed in front of Scrooge. While we all...more
"There are three realisations mankind can experience that might give them cause for change. First, remorse for what is gone but might have been in the past. Second, a shocking awareness of where they are in the present. Finally, fear for what will be in the future, should their paths not change. These three missions make up our cause"

It's hard for a lot of us to imagine Christmas without some iteration of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, be it re-reading the novella itself or singing along to...more
I wanted to read this almost as soon as I was aware of its existence. Normally, I am not a fan of books that are piggy-backed onto the efforts of others, particularly when it involves the classics (like Dickens "Christmas Carol"). I was not disappointed by the time I finished this short offering (I read it in 3 days) from the pen of Mr. Bennett.

J. T. Marley makes a brief appearance in Dickens novel. In this offering he is the central figure in this story. The questions answered in this tale are...more
The very first thing I loved about this book was how the author, Benett, attempted and succeeded at writing the novel in a similar style to the original Dickens classic. This novel does not change anything about the original story, but rather focuses the camera, if you will, at the character of Jacob Marley.

I truly enjoyed learning more about Marley’s past, and how he played an even bigger role in the change that occurred that night for his partner Ebenezer Scrooge. I also loved that Bennett con...more
Christine Jensen
I am going to admit something to you, dear readers: I have never actually read the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (I have seen multiple movie version of the story, most often the Mickey Mouse version) I am not really sure why, to be honest, but after reading Jacob T. Marley, you can be certain that I will be reading the classic Dicken's tale this December.

Jacob Marley is the ghost who ushers in Scrooge's night of redemption, by visiting and warning him of the fate that awaits Scrooge...more
Mark E.
This is a magnificent book. I just finished it, and am still somewhat overwhelmed by the ending, so I'm not quite certain how I'm going to feel in a few months.
At this point, it seems the book is amazing. It is not only a very clever twist on a famous story, it is more allegorical and uplifting than the original. The writing takes us back to the era when "A Christmas Carol" was written, and the depiction of the life of Marley, as well as the meeting of Marley and Scrooge was so well done, I alm...more
Inspired Kathy
Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol is a story I have always loved. I've seen multiple movie versions of A Christmas Carol all multiple times and remember seeing the play at Glendale Centre Theater many times while growing up. Due to my love of this story I was interested to read this retelling from Jacob Marley's perspective.

This was a quick easy read that I knocked out in about two hours. I found it interesting to delve deeper into what might have made Ebenezer Scrooge the man he was. Jacob Ma...more
We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, right? Well, this new book tells the story of Jacob T. Marley both before and after he met Scrooge as well as what happened after he died and his side of the story familiar to us in A Christmas Carol.

When I first this book, I was a little nervous and unsure how good it would be. In recent years, there has been a wealth of books acting as sequels, prequels or retelling of classic tales (how many new versions of Pride and Prejudice do...more
I love Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I particularly enjoy stories that re-interpret the classic tale just a bit, and Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett provides yet another delightful twist.

We all know Ebenezer Scrooge's tale. His name has become a byword for miserliness due to the genius of Charles Dickens' storytelling. But A Christmas Carol is the tale of Scrooge's redemption. Ebenezer becomes a better man because Jacob Marley has spent his afterlife repenting of his sins. Jacob Marley has c...more
Jun 02, 2013 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heidi by: Danylle
Normally I don't like books written as sequels or companions to classics. The sequel to Gone With the Wind? That book about the Little Women's father? Just not my thing. But I had heard from a few trusted sources that this was good so I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed it.

Marley is...well, Marley. He's the Marley who appears in Scrooge's door knocker and later in Scrooge's bedroom, warning him that he will be visited by three spirits. For all those who ever wondered why Scrooge got a s...more
Jacob T. Marley is the type of book I suspect you’ll either really like or throw across the room. It’s a toss-up. Loyalists to Dickens may be put off by this tale of the two partners Jacob T. Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge.

I absolutely loved Bennett’s look back at just what made Scrooge the man he was. He fills in the gap giving us the back story of Marley and how the lives of these two men connected. So if you ever wondered just how Marley came to be the bearer of the message that Scrooge would b...more
I generally approach any book written to "add" to or change a classic with some trepidation. But the idea for this story intrigued me. I read "A Christmas Carol" every Christmas season and enjoy it every time. Now I have a new dimension to add to that story. "Jacob T. Marley" did in fact add to the story of Scrooge without taking anything away from Dickins' original text. If you're a fan of "A Christmas Carol" this book will add richness and depth to your enjoyment of Scrooge's journey.
I really liked this book. It was a quick read but very enjoyable. It is the story of Scrooge's partner, Jacob Thelonious Marley and how he became the miser he was in Charles Dickens famous book, "A Christmas Carol". I think the author did a great job of picking Charles Dickens's brain in creating this character. I'd recommend it to anyone. It's a great follow-up book. In fact, I want to buy it for my library.
This is part prequel part re telling part continuation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. It is a short, easy read and very enjoyable, especially for anyone who might have been bothered by any "holes" left in the original.
This was a quick and fun Christmas read. I enjoyed the book, but felt that the author was trying to write an essay on what he learned from reading A Christmas Carol. Nevertheless, it had some sweet truths in it, and reminded me of our ability to change and progress toward godliness.
Susan Jo Grassi
I loved this book. It was such a quick and easy read and it answered many of my questions. I always wondered why Marley interceded for Scrooge. What did he have to gain? Had he been offered and refused the same reclamation? Was there more to the story? Read it yourself and see.
Michele N
Really like this book. I read the Christmas Carol every year. The last 2 years I have added this one as well. It lets you know the who, where what and when's about Marley. It is great to see his life changed as well!
Lee Ann
A different perspective of A Christmas Carol, very touching and a completely different insite into Jacob Marley and the rest of the story told in this tale.
Not my thing. No one can compare with Dickens and personally I was just overall not impressed.
What a great book to read during the Christmas season. Loved it!
I think I might really give it 4.9 stars --- just because I disagree with a couple of the plot elements.

A Christmas Carol is one of my most favorite books EVER. I read it every year. Jacob T. Marley is a companion story to A Christmas Carol. It recounts Ebenezer's partner's story.

The parts that I disagree with-----in the book, Jacob's heart changed on his death bed which caused his after-life interactions with the Spirits to be what they were. But as Scrooge is encountering the 3 Spirits, it is...more
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Jeff Stockett
I've looked forward to reading this book all year. I got it as a Christmas present a year ago, but I wanted to read it during the Christmas (or Advent) season.

It definitely did not disappoint.

I love parallel stories. This is Wicked to The Wizard of Oz, or Ender's Shadow to Ender's Game. It's a chance to flesh out a character from a known story, and see some of the same story from a different perspective.

There were some things I really liked in this book. I loved the theme that the spirits help...more
Feb 05, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any and all
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! The sentence on the back jacket cover says, "Written in the style of Charles Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is to A Christmas Carol as the world-famous Wicked is to the Wizard of Oz." So it is a "back-story" story as is currently rather popular. I have wondered if I would love it so much if I didn't love Christmas Carol so much. Hmmm, I don't know. The story of Scrooge is such a cultural common point, that I imagine anyone would understand all the basics of the story. But, I think...more
Loved this book. I had just watched the 1952 movie "A Christmas Carol" the night before I read this book. R. William Bennett does a wonderful job in telling a story about Jacob and his relationship with Scrooge. I love these quotes from the book:

"Love does not prosecute. It seeks neither revenge nor dominance. It does not win at the cost of someone else's loss. Love only accepts, completely without reservation."

"Love's purpose is not to hide our errors. Love's purpose is to forgive them."

First of all, to even attempt to add a literary work to that of an author like Charles Dickens is a noble venture, and Mr. Bennett deserves a great deal of applause just for trying! (Clapping erupts). However, while it is an honorable venture, it is relatively futile, and I think Bennett knew that before he even began writing this story.

Jacob T. Marley is a beautifully brief twist on the Christmas Carol given through the fresh perspective of Marley himself. This book quickly explains Jacob's ch...more
If you're a fan of every version of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL as I am, you will be as thrilled with this book. Bennett has thoroughly captured Dickens' writing style and story line within the wonderful little Christmas tale.

Rather than beginning with the night that Marley returned in death to tell Scrooge of the impending spirits that would change Scrooge's life, this story begins at the start of Jacob's life. We hear of a kind and loving family that Jacob had to begin his life, but he manage...more
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“Remorse is a heavy burden, but in its weight, it has great power to awaken men's souls.” 2 likes
“Are spirits so involved in men's lives? Marley asked.
Mankind is inolved in men's lives. We only help them know how.
...Jacob, all around you, every day, as you walk the miles of earth, there are calls to your spirit and to all others' spirits as well. They come from your fellow beings and from life itself: the way the sun highlights a tree, a bird song lilting across the morning, the smell of flowers. All these are for your joy, but also for more. They call you.”
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