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A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas: 10/18/07

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is the first of five Christmas books Charles Dickens wrote from 1843 to 1848. It's also the most famous of the set. The only other one I've heard of is The Cricket on the Hearth. It is also one of my all time favorite books. It is one of a half dozen books I have read more times than I can count and it never fails to entertain me and cheer me up.

Charles Dickens is known for his long books, written for serialization and later published in novel form. For instance, my copy of Bleak House comes in at 1,100 pages. A Christmas Carol for its brevity and short cast of characters is an aberration from Dickens's longer works.

For anyone wanting to experience a Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol is the perfect starting point. It is tightly written and comes in at under 100 pages.

In those few pages, Dickens precisely describes everything that Scrooge is experiencing: the sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and so forth. Even the specific carols that are sung are mentioned. For this precision, the numerous adapations I've seen all match up nicely with the book, even the goofier ones like Mickey's A Christmas Carol and A Muppet Christmas Carol.

If you haven't read A Christmas Carol, get yourself a copy and enjoy.

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Comment #1: Saturday, October, 20, 2007 at 01:21:44


I remember reading the series long time back. I enjoyed those very much. You brought back memories. Thanks!"

Comment #2: Sunday, October, 21, 2007 at 13:54:57


I read this book every Christmas!"

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