I can now officially say that I have read and enjoyed A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – you guys have no idea how warm and fuzzy that makes me inside. I have been wanting - well obviously not enough as it took me so long to get round too – to read this book for AGES. I have tried to read it once before but it was a collection, you know, A Christmas Carol and other Christmas Stories, that kind of thing. And the shallow person that I am didn’t like reading from this whopping hardback just for one 100 pages story.
I have only ever seen adaptations of the book, from Muppets to Jean-Luke Picard Scrooge, so I didn’t know what to expect from the source material.
I tried to go in with no preconceived notions. but that didn’t work.
In fact, I don’t remember ever having so much fin reading a book before. I was smiling almost all the way through it and read the majority of it out loud to myself.
Because I ended up singing direct lines that had been taken from the book and put into the various musicals. That’s why!
“captive, bound, and double-ironed”
And also it is a smashing book for reading aloud I think. Even if it is only to yourself.
I have never read a ghost story – that I can remember anyway. I know when I was in primary school one of my teachers read us The Canterville Ghost…
But anyway, if I was to have any kind of introduction to a good old ‘ghost story’ I am glad that this was it. It was dark and gothicy and definitely had a haunted air all the way through it.
As this is one of the best known stories out there I won’t go into the story etc, but if you, like me, have been one of those people who have watched a film version and after thought ‘I wonder what the book is like?’ please give it a read. I think you will find it worth your while.
*skips away singing*
You’re doomed Scrooges, doomed for all time…