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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Feb 08, 09

bookshelves: victorian, humor, horror, london
Read in February, 2009

Each year I vow I'll read Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843) at Christmas time, and each year the joy of the holidays distracts me from my pledge. I've never got beyond the second stave until last night, when I read the entire carol in a single protracted and very pleasant sitting. I kicked myself often and vigorously for having missed out so long on the carol's brilliant third stave, where Dickens catalogs the Christmas feast in words so mouth watering that even though I had crammed my belly with tamales at supper I was ready all over again to sit down to a feast of roast goose, mashed potatoes, sausages, oysters by the barrel, pies, puddings, fruits, and punch! This chapter exhibits gustatory prose at its finest and rightfully takes its place at the very center of the sensuous and sentimental feast that is A Christmas Carol.
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Joel & Christie Every year I vow I'll read The Best Christmas Padgent Ever at Christmas time, and each year the joy of the holidays distracts em from my pledge too. The book was made into a made for TV movie about 20 years ago starring Loretta Switt and it was horrible. I'll go back to reading the book.


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