Title: A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Length: Novella//Short Story

Genre: Holiday//Classic//Fantasy

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is the first book review for the “A Christmas Tale” Blog Event! I’m so excited to share my review of this classic story with you today. Don’t throw rocks at me for giving it a 4 out of 5 stars. I know most people out there think this book is printed gold–and it is quite amazing–but I had some irritations with it. Let’s get all the good out of the way first, though.

Dickens is a fabulous storyteller. The plot was superb and different when compared to most of the movie adaptations. I really loved the vivid imagery, lyrical dialogue, and the story itself. Ebenezer Scrooge’s life is one of great interest to me. I’ve always seen such hope and joy in his story and it was terrific to read the original and think about which actor played this character best. I really love Michael Cain’s portrayal of Scrooge in Muppet Christmas Carol, but I also love Albert Finney’s version in the musical, Scrooge. That’s beside the point though. We’re here to talk about the book!

I loved the way in which Scrooge slowly discovers his sins and how he gradually begins to desire change for his life. The book seemed to do that perfectly. Dickens had a way of easing Scrooge into each and every scene in such a way that I felt his struggle and his hope for a different outcome to his future. If you’ve not read the book, but have seen a bazillion of the movie versions, give the real story a chance. It is quite short and a challenging read.

Okay…the stuff I didn’t like so much. ADJECTIVES GALORE! Wow…Dickens probably used seven+ adjectives to describe almost everything in the book. He also freely (and sometimes excessively) used adverbs instead of strong verbs themselves. I’m not one of those adverb policemen, though. I don’t mind a good adverb when it’s used to really enhance the story, but WOW…there were a lot. I also didn’t care for how often Dickens would pull us out of the story by commenting on what was occurring in a particular scene. It’s hard to describe, so I’ll just tell you to read it and see if it gets you in the same way.

Overall, though, this was a delightful story and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it! You should all celebrate your Christmas reading this year by giving this classic a shot! You won’t regret it, I’m sure!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tale: Book Review on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
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  • I’m about 2/3 of the way through listening to this on audio right now, and I am loving it!! Probably more so than you. I’m one of those rare people who really likes all the abundance of descriptors, and I feel like he really is setting the scene, and don’t mind it one bit–particularly when he’s describing all of the food. You’re right though, it’s certainly worth reading even if you know the story very well! There’s little gems that don’t seem to be in any film adaptation.

    • I’m feeling sort of “Scroogish” about my comments on the adjectives. I think I just found myself getting caught up in the “Okay, Okay…I get the point!” mentality, LOL. I should probably have just enjoyed all the descriptors instead of letting them nag me, :-). I’m so thrilled that you are enjoying the audio version! I’d love to listen to it spoken–I’d probably have a much greater appreciation for the fluid, flourishing language then. Thanks for stopping by, Heidi!

  • I’ve seen a bunch of movie adaptations of it, but I never sat down to read the classic. Maybe I should give it a try 🙂

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

    • It really is worth it. I loved it (even though I grumbled about the adjectives)! The more I think about it, the more I like the adjectives…Grumble Grumble. Suppose I might have to update the review at some point, LOL.

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