Review: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve seen so many film versions of A Christmas Carol that I can’t help but feel like I just read Charles Dickens’s book adaptation of his own story. He did a half-decent job too. I like what he did with the visions of Jacob Marley in the hearth tiles — I don’t remember seeing that before. You know, I’ll even concede that his take on the classic tale may have been the best. It felt a little rushed and less subtle than I had expected, but the writing was rich with detail, the mechanics of Scrooge’s story were all in place, and Tiny Tim was ready with his catchphrase. What more could I have asked?

Don’t hesitate to spend some time with the original. It’s an excellent and quick read that may even stand out stronger in your mind than the countless knock-offs you’ve endured. Merry Christmas (a little belated).

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