Author: Charles Dickens
Release Date: July 2nd, 2007 (originally 1845)
Publisher: Penguin Popular Classics
Pages: 240 (Paperback)
Genre: Classic | Christmas | Magic
Series: The Christmas Books
Read: from December 25 to 30, 2010
Source & Shelf: Purchase | Own
ISBN: 9780140623604 (Paperback)
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My Mini Opinion:
I only read A Christmas Carol and began The Chimes (which I had to stop due to personal problems) but I was completely hooked by Dickens amazing and haunting Christmas story.
Sure we all know the plot of the three ghosts visiting Mr. Scrooge, and we’ve all seen plenty of movies concerning it, but there’s nothing better than the original story.
Mr. Scrooge is an arrogant old man who hates Christmas and who hates sharing happiness and fortune. He’s always in a bad mood in the first half of the book when he simply ignores the world and passes it by as if it was nothing for him.
As the story unfolds, he finds himself facing his past, his present and his future and how his manners, his arrogance will lead him to spend the rest of his life miserable and alone.
A funny story with some creepy sub-plots in between. It never loses sense and it’s a great lesson for everyone.