A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

          They say there’s a book for every person. Well, I say that there’s also a book for every time of the year. I took these holidays to acquaint myself with a cult classic novel by the famous Charles Dickens. This novel has known so many references, it’s hard to not know the premise behind it or its heart-warming ending. However, being able to get my own hands-on impression of the novel was a real treat. I haven’t ever had the chance to read this novel and finally being able to do was a great pleasure. Nothing like a good classic novel checked off my list of novels to read. Sprinkled with our favorite Dickensian writing, A Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean at heart and not giving two cents about Christmas, old man Scrooge works in the money-lending business and hates Christmas with a passion. Can’t forget to mention how he also loves to “Bah!Humbug!” whenever Christmas is mentioned. But Scrooge doesn’t know that he’s about to be visited by three kind spirits who will change him forever.


“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

            For an extremely short, yet absolutely famous novel, A Christmas Carol was heavy in the language department. Hence the very strong and repetitious use of the comma to describe scenes, I sometimes wondered when the dreadfully long sentences were to come to an end. This is definitely not an easy read if you’ve never shook hands with Charles Dickens himself. You do learn to appreciate his way with words with experience. I’m actually thrilled to check his other classic stories because of this one. A Christmas Carol still manages to deliver a strong and powerful story about redemption. Scrooge, representing all that is evil and wrong about humans, learns through three distinct truth-revealing experiences that caring and merriness can go a long way. The relatively different Ghosts that come haunt our dear ol’Scrooge show him that his misanthropist nature will make his existence nearly futile. Of the three spirits that come visit him, the last one was certainly the most stunning of them all. It’s representation and its eerie descriptions manage to depict a Ghost like none other. Although ridden with denial, Scrooge’s lack of comprehension brings him to wonder endlessly what happened to his future self. I just loved how the images of himself through time helped forge a man filled with regret and a desire to change.

            In fact, this novel does a great job in showing readers that change is possible in everyone, that redemption is obtainable and that the smallest gestures can help change lives for the better. Although sometimes difficult to understand the setting of some scenes, Charles Dickens succeeds in portraying unique situations with great emotional value. In fact, Scrooge’s final scene where he contemplates the idea of family does strike a sensitive cord. His sudden change in character, the appearance of a joyful and emotional persona, does show an individual who’s seeking salvation. An individual who would love to dwell in the merry delights of life and see the bright side of Christmas. Can’t help but see all the Christian values that are portrayed in this story now, can you?

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 “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

         If there’s a heart-warming and good-for-the-soul novel out there right now, it’s definitely A Christmas Carol. Bookworms who haven’t had the chance to check out the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge should definitely take a moment to indulge this classic Christmas tale. A story of redemption of a cruel man who turns into a significantly joyful person is definitely a cornerstone in literature.  Short, simple and lighthearted, this adventure is one to put a smile on anyone’s face. After all, who wouldn’t love to believe in second chances in people? Scrooge’s story is definitely an optimistic perception of change in people. It is in his adventure that we should all believe in good. It is in his adventure that we should wish everyone a Merry Christmas. And on that. Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you enjoy this time of the year with your loved ones and nice cup of hot coco!

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My overall rating: ★★★★/

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