A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

After reading A Tale of Two Cities, I decided to read A Christmas Carol, the book that inspired some of my favourite Christmas movies. It’s hard to choose which movie adaptation is my favourite from A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, to the less traditional adaptations like Scrooged, but they all have the touching story of a nasty person realizing the error of his ways.

At the heart of the story is a crotchety, rich, old miser, who is a nasty fellow without a care for anyone else around him. He spurns his nephew’s Christmas dinner invitations. He hates idleness, and begrudingly give his employee the day off for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts who show him the past, present, and future of his life. He comes to the realization of how much of a bastard he has been and immediately changes his ways after waking up the next morning.

The many movie adaptations have faithfully captured much of the details from the story, so you actually aren’t missing out on too much if you don’t read this classic. I did enjoy reading the classic for Dicken’s clever turn of phrases and the dialogue. I always like seeing where movies come from. This book is a perfect ‘comfort read’ in these uncertain times.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #3 in my My 2022 Reading Challenge

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