A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Illustrator: P.J. Lynch
Pages: 159
Genre: Classic Fiction
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub. Date: September 12, 2006 (this edition)

Merry Christmas!!! I'm not sure how many of you are reading blogs today, but I thought it was fitting to post my review of this book on Christmas Day. I'll keep it short.

I think this might be the first time I've actually read through A Christmas Carol from beginning to end. I've started, but not finished, in the past. And, of course, I've watched various versions of the movie. (I think A Muppet's Christmas Carol has been my favorite!) My husband and I wanted to have a tradition of reading A Christmas Carol together every year, though this is the first time we actually followed through.

I also have little experience reading Dickens. I know for sure I read Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities in junior high, but I don't remember much and I had a much different taste in literature at the time. So, that being said, I did enjoy A Christmas Carol. It's a classic story, of course, and who doesn't love the story of a Scrooge who completely turns himself around? Dickens's writing has a subtle humor to it. I suspect, though, that if he were a writer today I wouldn't quite appreciate his writing style.  Being that this was written in the 1800's I'm a little more forgiving and it makes more sense. But each sentence was so long that by the time I got the end of the sentence I couldn't remember what he was trying to say in the first place. And he had to include so many examples of everything he described, just to make a point, I guess. Those things bothered me.

But overall an enjoyable Christmas book. It is a classic, after all! And I really like the illustrations in this book. They are a little dark, but very well done.


bermudaonion said...

Merry Christmas to you!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I think those long sentences work better on the screen, because the actors can sort of add pauses and punctuation!

Merry Christmas!

Marce said...

Merry Christmas to you also. I thought this would be an easy fast read but I didn't complete it Fri or last night.

My favourite movie version is actually Barbie's lol. I have a 4 year old, she loved it all year round.

Man of la Book said...

Merry Christmas. I read a new novella which came out recently about Scrooge's Boss Jacob T. Marley (my thoughts: http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=3878. If you liked A Christmas Carol you'd like this one as well.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I read this a few years ago and loved it. But I feel ya, the sentences are long.

Great review.

Merry belated Christmas to you too!

Zibilee said...

I meant to read a Christmas book this year, I really did, but things got away from me, and then I couldn't decide on which one I wanted to read, and it was all just a ball of mess after that point!

I am glad that you read this one and got the chance to experience Dickens at the holidays, and that you and your husband shared this one together. It's a very cool story.

Merry Christmas to you and your hubby, Jenny!

nomadreader said...

I read this one for the first time last year and was surprised how well I knew it from various film versions! I really enjoyed it and hope to read it every few years.

Jenners said...

I really don't know if I read the original all the way through at any point. I should change that!

Hope you had the merriest of Christmases and wishing you a wonderful 2012!

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