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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Monday, December 28, 2015

Scrooge, the most miserly of all misers, is shown the true meaning of Christmas by four ghostly visitors - his partner Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. By Christmas day, he has learnt his lesson and is willing to enter into the spirit of things.

Goodreads Summary

I read this book after Christmas, ironically. It's a quick and fun read.  I love older books because the vocabulary contained within them is refreshing and I enjoy learning a new word or two and reconnecting with others that I don't usually see or use.  Scrooge is a grumpy, older fellow.  He has two words to say about Christmas "Bah Humbug."  Not even his cheery, happy-go-lucky nephew can shake him into Christmas bliss.  Scrooge's partner died roughly seven years ago and suffers in the afterlife due to his greedy, conniving ways.  He cares about Scrooge and doesn't want him to end up like him.  Three ghosts visit Scrooge showing him Christmases past, present, and future.  The author illustrates each and every interaction (this book is a little wordy, but good for the imagination) to the point where the reader can picture the events and characters in the book. 

Scrooge's character reminded me of simpler, happier times.  He is a grouch, but he can be reformed.  I loved how he turned his life around in the end and his reactions to the ghosts were perfect.  I liked how the book depicted how someone can change his life around and live happily.  I have to admit I am a sucker for happy endings.  This book is a fun read for all ages (even if some readers need to be read to).

5 Stars

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