Saturday, January 02, 2016

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

      Ebenezer Scrooge treats Christmas as nothing. He is an old, cold-hearted man. "Bah, Humbug!" he'd say. What good is making other people smile and be happy for no reason? What good is helping the poor and homeless just because of a Christmas day?

     But one night, when Scrooge gets home from work, he hears a mysterious sound. And it's no other than Jacob Marley, his business partner who has been dead for seen years. He talks to Scrooge, and says that he will be haunted by three ghosts (The Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Yet to Come), because of not believing in Christmas. 

     With A Christmas Carol, you'll definitely feel the true meaning of Christmas all around you, even if your only sitting in the couch under the winter snow. Here are some things you should take note of. 

-Though A Christmas Carol is a very good read, you should also know that the language and spelling is a bit old, and though it is also wonderfully written, I don't think that children will understand the context very much because according to my friend's twelve year old daughter, she fell asleep during some parts since she couldn't understand the words much, but she still loved it. 
-If you've got a child who doesn't want to read this because of the three Christmas ghosts, know that the three ghosts of Christmas aren't very scary. The two Christmas ghosts seem friendly, but the ghost of Christmas yet to come is quite grim and dark, but I think with a little guidance or so, a nine year old wouldn't be very afraid.
-If you're like Scrooge, be off! Kiddding! So, one more thing you should know that if you are like Scrooge or if you know someone like him, A Christmas Carol will be a good read because of its multiple messages and lessons about Christmas Spirit.

Rating: O  O  O  O  O
Suggested Age of Readers: 8+
Genre/s: Classics, Fiction, Holiday (Christmas), Literature, Fantasy

*Book Review


About the Author
Charles Dickens
     A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awareness to their plight, the downtrodden and the have-nots. He had his share of critics, like Virginia Woolf and Henry James, but also many admirers, even into the 21st Century.

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