2012 -- Just as wonderful as ever. This time I was struck by two very different thoughts. First, this is a classic morality tale full of repentance an2012 -- Just as wonderful as ever. This time I was struck by two very different thoughts. First, this is a classic morality tale full of repentance and redemption. Scrooge starts with doubt and sarcasm, then moves to interested observation, then he becomes the penitent student who anticipates lessons before they are directly taught, and finally he is a committed convert. Such a beautifully complex character! ... The only thing I wish Dickens had touched on was the final fate of Jacob Marley. Maybe that could be a springboard for some worthy fan fiction! (Just kidding. Please leave well enough alone.) ..... The second thing I was impressed by was the wonderful array of food that was described. Next Christmas I'm going to invite all my friends over for "A Christmas Carol" dinner. Will you come?
2008 -- This is a story that I’ve always known, but never got around to reading. I have seen the stage production several times, and no Christmas season would be complete without a viewing of the Disney version …with Goofy’s brilliant portrayal of Jacob Marley. Anyway, this year I finally got around to reading it and I don’t know what took me so long! It was great great great! The descriptions and imagery are really wonderful. I particularly liked the party at Fezziwig’s, the description of the Cratchit’s holiday meal and the scenes of Christmas in remote parts. Very good....more
Beautifully written. He turns all the ordinary New York stuff into poetry. Really. Even though this essay was written in 1948, so much of the descriptBeautifully written. He turns all the ordinary New York stuff into poetry. Really. Even though this essay was written in 1948, so much of the description could be applied today. It is so true that New York is “ever changing, never changed.”
Parts that I particularly liked? I like the description of the three cities contained in one. I like the description of a typical neighborhood. I like the end. I thought the end was very predictive, especially in light of what we saw happen after 9/11. ...more
This book reminds me of the process I go though when buying used books online.
• The book I really want is out of print. • I order online from a seeminThis book reminds me of the process I go though when buying used books online.
• The book I really want is out of print. • I order online from a seemingly reputable seller. • The book does not come as soon as expected and I email to find out what’s going on. • The seller emails to say that the book has been sent and should arrive any day. • The book finally arrives in perfect condition and I feel guilty for only having spent $2 on it. Five stars! • I order another book from the same seller. • This time the book arrives on time, but it’s a yellowed, ten year old, mass-market paperback that is missing the front cover. • I pound out an angry email to the seller threatening to give him only one star! • The seller writes immediately to beg my forgiveness … • etc.
That is basically what this book is – letters back and forth between a book buyer and a book seller. The difference is that Helene Hanff’s experience is so much more charming and funny and poignant. I laughed all the way through … and then cried at the end (real tears).
NOTE TO FRIENDS: If you read this book, let me know … I would love to discuss. ...more