In his "Ghostly little book," Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world's most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.
Though, the concept of looking back and/or onto your own life, either through dreams or some supernatural way, isn’t entirely new to me it’s still one of the concepts that is so endlessly rewarding when done well. And the way Charles Dickens wrote this is done very well!
It’s about Ebenezer Scrooge who has misgivings about nearly everything and everyone and is a very unpleasant fellow to have around in general.
The story plays during Christmas time which is, or ought to be, a festive time filled with joy, happiness and love. Yet to Scrooge this particular season can’t pass quickly enough. What with people wanting to rip off his money for purposes unbefitting of his acceptance seeing that there are organisations and institutions which are still operating to care for the poor and destitude. Why then did one have to provide even more?
It turns out, all he needed in order to see what really mattered in life was to have him be visited by his late business partner (with whom he had shared his dismal mood) who would help him see, would help him understand.
I enjoyed this story overall, but most of all the author’s take on morality and his writing style. I’m just a sucker for the way one wrote and spoke all these years ago.
If you would like to try a classic but are intimidated by the thick and seemingly challenging books like Anna Karenina, etc. then this short story might be for you - Hugh Grant does an excellent job at narrating it, if audiobooks are more your thing
Bad quality print
Bewertung aus Unterägeri am 11.12.2021
Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)
It looks a lot better online. In reality it is a poor quality print. Will not order here again.
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