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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Dec 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club, kindle-free-or-cheapies
Read from December 13 to 18, 2010

This was a book club pick a few years ago and I don't think I finished it, although I rated it (huh?). I noticed no one in the club wrote a review, which is unusual. Thought I would give it another try.

Here is my question, why is someone who is cranky about Christmas called a Scrooge? Ebenezer Scrooge gets a second chance and takes it. As everyone knows (unless you were raised in a den by wolves and continue to live there) that he is a mean, Christmas hating, tightwad who turns his life around, he loves Christmas.

Even though I know Charles Dickens was a champion of the poor and down trodden and I am sure a wonderful man, I am not a huge fan of his work. The stories are sweet with happy endings and meant to be inspiring and usually are, I guess I just prefer the movie versions. Then you get the story without all the words. I do, however, understand that Dickens was writing for a specific audience. An audience that didn't have the means or the opportunity to travel. An audience who, unlike us today, did not have a library full of books or a television and therefore needed and loved his discriptions. He was trying to inspire the haves to have compassion for the have nots.

I decided to upgrade my rating to four stars because after wading through wordy opinions and political views I found new inspiration. In Bob Cratchit. He is grateful for what he has. Love, family and a job. He doesn't critize Scrooge, in fact raises a toast to him. He is a true Christian, he understands Christmas. So if you haven't read the book I would say you probably don't need to, but if you do decide to read it you might just find something or someone new in this old story to inspire you.


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Jenifer A review! A review! And a very good one, too!

Kimberly I feel quite inspired by this review. Thank you for your incites into Dickens time period. I think that makes me appreciate him as a writer a bit more.

Stephanie Benson Exactly what I have been thinking! I am listening to it right now and your sentiments were like you were reading my mind...

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