A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

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Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn't like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!


Merry Christmas those of you who celebrate this holiday! For todays read I decided on a classic from my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge list. A Christmas Carol must be one of the most popular Christmas stories, at least in the states, but it was never a favorite of mine. Really it is probably my least favorite Christmas story, based on the movies. I remember watching many movie versions of the story from Micky Mouse to Scrooged and everything in between. I don't know that I ever read the story though. If so I have forgotten it, but the movies I never really enjoyed. I was quite surprised when I started reading and found that I really enjoyed this. I think it is because of Dickens descriptions and writing style that I found quite whimsical and fun. For example one of the beginning lines which made me realize that this would be a much better read than I expected:

"Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. 
Mind! I don't mean to say that I know of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade."

Ah! So much fun. I also didn't think I was much of a Dickens fan, I read some of his works in high school and just remember slogging through it, but I am glad there are more on this Gilmore Challenge list as I need to revisit them. If they are anything like this work they will be a pleasure to read. 

So for those of you who don't know the story it is pretty simple. There is a grumpy, stodgy, money-hungry man who is not very nice to anyone. He has no Christmas spirit and is just all around unpleasant. One Christmas Eve he is visited by his dead partners ghost warning that he will be visited by three ghosts - the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Of course these show things Scrooge has either forgotten about or doesn't wish to happen and he wakes up Christmas day with a renewed sense of life. He is determined to change his ways so the future he saw does not come true. It is a fairly quick read, but so much fun. I see why it is such a classic, though I don't think the movies really do the story justice. Once again I am glad this challenge made me read something I wouldn't have otherwise read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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