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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 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Erin
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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
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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
Lucy Pollard-Gott
In this convincingly written pastiche of Charles Dickens’ classic novella A Christmas Carol, author R. William Bennett includes a Preface addressing his readers, whom he assumes are well acquainted with Dickens’ account of Scrooge’s visitations by three spirits on Christmas Eve, his repentance, and his chance to make amends and change his life. And why not? It is one of the most famous stories in the world, repeated, read, and watched on film by millions every year. But Bennett wants to know mor ...more
LitAddictedBrit
"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
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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
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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
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Amber
"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
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Jennifer
Dec 29, 2014 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Sally
Shelves: christmas-books
I really liked this book! It tells the story of Jacob Marley - how did he come to be able to haunt Ebenezer Scrooge on that fateful Christmas Eve? I loved how the author showed the back story of how Jacob became the man he was at his death, how he came to be condemned to walk the earth in chains, and how he came to be part of Scrooge's redemption. I also enjoyed how we got to see Jacob's view of that Christmas Eve as Scrooge was haunted and how the author extended the narrative to show how Scroo ...more
Michelle/ The True Book Addict
A new year is about new beginnings and that is exactly what happens to Scrooge, as we know from the classic tale, A Christmas Carol, but also for Jacob Marley, the illustrious ex-partner of Scrooge. The man we know so little about...until now.

Bennett has taken the beloved classic and flipped it so we can see things from Jacob's point of view. Unlike Scrooge, Jacob came from a loving family. What turned him into such a harsh, grasping soul? It's hard to say, but one thing is certain, he was instr
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Ronna
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
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Laura
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
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Juergen John Roscher
I am a devoted fan of Charles Dickens and love his best (in my opinion) Christmas story “A Christmas Carol”, so when I saw that R. William Bennett had written a sequel to it titled “Jacob T. Marley”, I had to read the book. I was more than a little suspect of someone trying to add upon the work of the master; Dickens. At the Utah Festival of Books, I was able to see a discussion by Bennett of his book. He seemed competent, capable, and engaging. After his discussion, I bought his book and had hi ...more
Maria
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
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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
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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
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Chris
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
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Marlene
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
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Heidi
Dec 05, 2014 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
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Shannon
How to critique this? How to critique thissss? I loved this book, I really did. It was amazing. The author has talent, there is no doubt. But... here is my problem. How can any author compete with Charles Dickens? They can't. And to compare them isn't really fair, but when you link yourself to something as classic as A Christmas Carol, it's going to happen. It's like when you hear an artist cover a Whitney Houston song; they could perform flawlessly and you would still be comparing them to Whitn ...more
Carol
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
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Lindsey
Loved this so much.
Melanie
This book has such a great message! We're all familiar with A Christmas Carol and this book tells the "rest of the story." We learn about Jacob T. Marley's background, what the "T" in his name stands for, how Marley and Scrooge met, and why Scrooge became the miser we all know him to be.

Then we learn more about the night when Scrooge's heart is changed and he decides to become a better man, what Marley's role was that night and what became of him afterward. We learn about the remainder of Scroog
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Heidi
I sometimes have a hard reading books like this that go back and take an original story and offer another take on it. But I found myself really enjoying this one. It's a very thought-provoking look at redemption and forgiveness and making choices that lead us to become what we do. Jacob T. Marley let his pride and greed get the better of him at great harm to himself and everyone he came in contact with. And when he and Scrooge met up they had the same flaws and they fed off each other making thi ...more
Marsha
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.

Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.


As a companion piece to its famous Dickens counterpart, Jacob T. Marley is a fantastic addition to the Christmas novel canon. It employs the exact cadence of the wording of Dickens
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Tamara
A lovely companion to A Christmas Carol. It won't surprise those who know me that I cried a little.

Some favorites:
"He counted his blessings upward as such: [the fourth greatest blessing in his life was the roof over his head, the floor under his feet, and the hearth that warmed both of those personal extremities.] for third, he named the five children who gave life to his home and meaning to his life. For second, Clarissa, who had been his companion, his equal, and his adoration for many years.
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Julie
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.
Rhonda

4 stars

I had a tough time deciding what rating to give Jacob T. Marley. The first part of the book I struggled to read it. The fonts are small, the language and story was on the educated side. I did not like these characters and what they did. Then when Marley is dying and after his death I felt for him. I started to like him. I enjoyed the book so much more. I felt connected to him. Lets face it these characters were not supposed to be likeable at first. There had to be a change in them. With
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Jesse Booth
A very good Christmas story. It is essentially A Christmas Carol told from Jacob Marley's perspective, and it is written in the same style as Dickens' classic. It's an inspiring read.
Melanie
This was a great book, definitely near the top of my short list of Christmas favorites. In fact, I think I might have to purchase this one on audio. It was very well done. I love the traditional story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and this book added a new, intriguing dimension to the timeless classic in the style of Dickens. If you are a fan of A Christmas Carol, I highly recommend this read. It is a wonderful tale of redemption, forgiveness and love.
Ellen Christian
Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett gives you a look into what Jacob Marley’s life might be have been before he visited Scrooge as a ghost. Of course, no one really knows what his life was intended to have been when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol but the story the author writes strikes me as true. What really amazes me is that the author has managed to write in a way that fits completely with A Christmas Carol. He uses the same type of language that Charles Dickens used in his story b ...more
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“Remorse is a heavy burden, but in its weight, it has great power to awaken men's souls.” 3 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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