Monday, December 15, 2008

A Christmas Carol

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Pages: 160
Genre: Classics, Seasonal, Christmas
b's Yearly Count: 98

Fantastic! This is a classic, and as most classics go I had yet to read it. I am so behind in that department. I have read some, and actually A Tale of Two Cities also by Dickens is one of my all time favourite classics. Dickens does ramble. I remember that from the other book and this one (as short as it was) he did ramble as well. I like that style though, rambling and all, it seems more conversational for that period.

I know seriously everyone has seen a play, watched the Muppet version, the mickey mouse version or one of the other 100 renditions, so you should all know the storyline at least. I won't go there. But, it is for sure about much more than just the spirit of Christmas, it is the spirit of giving, of loving, and of caring for not just those that have less but all of those around you. I think that Christmas is the perfect time to bring that plan into action, and I I think that is why Dickens chose this season. Hearts are more open, emotions revved, and your ear is naturally more bent toward others. I love this season, I love Christmas and the celebrations and the family time.

I am so glad I FINALLY read this classic, I should have read it a long time ago....but at least I did this year right!? :) What is your favourite Christmas story? (or your favourite classic)

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Veens said...

I was like waiting for the color of our blog to load... and it didn't and I was like it is all white.. and then I noticed the header.............. wow!!! where did u get that from?@ it is so darn perfect girl !!!!
love your Christmasy [ is it for Christmas] look :)

it is darm cool :)


i m ashamed to admit that i have not read any of his books :(

I will soon :)

as i m feeling so guilty :)

Veens said...

**your blog :(

Veens said...

**darn cool :(

sorry i get hyper excited and then all typos :(

bermudaonion said...

I read this years ago. It's a great book.

Jeane said...

I like your new header too. My favorite Christmas story (from childhood) is the Polar Express.

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

I love this and re-read it each year at the holidays. You have perfect timing--this Friday is the 165th anniversary of the original publication.

Ti said...

I've read lots of his work but not this one. I'm not sure why really but probably because, as you mentioned, the story is already known. Of course, the literary version has to be better than the Mickey Mouse version, right? LOL.

jessi said...

I love A Tale of Two Cities, too, and I really enjoy A Christmas Carol, but my favorite Christmas story is David Sedaris' Holidays on Ice. So funny!

Ladytink_534 said...

I just read this for the first time yesterday. I really loved it! The only other Dickens book I've managed to read was Great Expectations when I was in middle school.

My favorite Christmas story will probably always be The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin though.

Stephanie said...

Ds and I just read this last week. (If you have Comcast, they also have the 1938 movie version available On Demand- I noticed that the night we went to see it at the library, lol.)
Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities is also one of my favorites, and this was the first year I'd ever read A Christmas Carol.

I liked it, a lot. And my favorite Christmas book...There's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. And, of course, The Night Before Christmas!

Merry Christmas! :)

bibliomom said...

I have this book waiting in my book bag and plan to read it this weekend when my girls go to their Dad's house.

Corinne said...

I'm glad you liked it! I waited too long to read it too :)

*claire* said...

I love Dickens because of his rambling too, lol! I haven't read A Christmas Carol but loved Great Expectations and David Copperfield. :)