Review: A Christmas Carol

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1843
Page Count: 126
Rating: 4/5

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable man who only cares about money. He’s grumpy to everyone, including his clerk, Bob Cratchit, who sits cold at work because Scrooge refuses to spend the money on coals for a fire. On Christmas Eve he is invited to his nephew, Fred’s, home for a Christmas dinner but Scrooge declines. After he is back at his home, he gets a visit from the ghost of Jacob Marley, who was Scrooge’s business partner and died seven years before. Marley was the same miserable man as Scrooge is now, and he tells Scrooge how he has to now walk the Earth with chains. Marley tells Scrooge that three spirits will visit him, in hopes of saving Scrooge. Scrooge receives visits from Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, as he goes through and sees how his miserable life has not only affected him but the people around him and he starts to transform into a charitable man.

This was my first Dickens book and while I enjoyed it, there were times where it was very difficult to read. The writing is very good but, like I said, it was hard to understand sometimes. But for the majority of the book, I loved the writing and the story was just great! I have seen a couple of the the different movie adaptations of this book, and I think that helped a lot with the reading. A Christmas Carol tells such a great story with great lessons to be learned. That we should be charitable, kind and generous to the people around us. I’ve heard that this is one of Dickens easier to read books so I’m nervous to pick up another one. But I highly recommend it, especially during Christmas time.


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