A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Release Date: September 1983 (original publication December 1843)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: book purchased by the reviewer
Christmas is the most famous holiday of the year, and the word itself evokes images of Santa Claus, reindeer, snow, Christmas trees, egg nog and more. At the same time, it represents Christianity’s most important event, the birth of the baby Jesus. Instantly, well known Christmas carols ring in your ears, pictures of the Nativity Scene become ubiquitous, or maybe you even picture nutcrackers or Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
Regardless, Christmas is always the perfect time for holiday cheer, and reading classic Christmas stories. This version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol includes a table of contents and several Christmas related pictures.
Review: I’ve been reading many books at this time of year with a Christmas theme and several have referred to A Christmas Carol in their story. I thought it might be fun to read A Christmas Carol again since it had been many years since I’ve done so even though every few years I do watch the movie of which there have been many remakes.
The edition I read was a children’s version and a quick read with only one hundred and twenty-two pages. There were beautiful illustrations in color by Greg Hildebrandt that only added to the story since I didn’t have to visualize the characters and what was happening in my mind’s eye.
Scrooge has become synonymous with those who dislike Christmas (Bah, Humbug) but also those whom are miserly. There was a lot of darkness to the story even outside of the three ghosts that visit Scrooge – The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Scrooge paid his employees poorly and was also stingy with the coal needed to heat the rooms he worked and lived in. He also tried not to use lights unless he had too. He thought people should be able to help their own lot in life and not have to rely on others. Bob Cratchit, the employee at his firm, had a family to support that included a disabled son, Tiny Tim. His family did not think highly of Mr. Scrooge nor did his only living relatives – nephews and nieces – nor his household staff. Even his peers had unkind things to say about him as he saw when the Spirit took him to his past, present and future. What he saw caused him to open his eyes to his life and he knew he wanted to make changes. Seeing him do a one-eighty about face was startling not only to him but to those around him.
All in all a lasting Christmas tale. Startling that the original novella was written in 1843.
Favorite Quote: …And so as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!