Review of A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

Who does not know the ghosts that visit Scrooge during Christmas so that he regrets his faults? A Christmas Carol is a 19th century book, but it is also a book that has been rewritten and modified hundreds of times, creating endless versions, whether in film, book or even theatre.

Another classic of literature, A Christmas Carol. I finished reading it at the end of January, so the magic of reading it over the holidays got a bit lost. The book, for anyone who wants to know, was published in December (oh so many years ago), before Christmas, with the aim that those who read it would be influenced by the Christmas spirit as well.

This time, I think it is very difficult to give away any spoilers because A Christmas Carol is over 150 years old, that is, everyone has had the opportunity to read it to this day. Also, because hundreds of versions have been made, as well as movies with the same theme, we all know history to a greater or lesser extent. I would like to add that, since this is a 19th century book (1843), you can download it free of charge at www.gutenberg.orgthere is no excuse for not having read it.

For those who do not know the story, Scrooge is an evil man who is more interested in money than people. A series of ghosts visit him, of which the three most important ones are the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas yet to come. The three beings show him scenes from his life, both his past and present, and of the future, here it is shown to Scrooge the things that will happen if he doesn’t change his way of being. It is a universal classic, which leaves us wondering what we can do to change the world ourselves, because our actions may not have a great impact worldwide, but they do have it in a family context, on those around us and on our communities. I think that is where the universality of the book lies, that it could be any one of us, and that even today, more than 150 years later, this story of change and personal improvement could happen.

It is a relatively short book that can be read on a weekend, or during Christmas, in those days off we normally have (whoever does not work during those days, of course) –> 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Final comment: as a universal classic that it is, it is mandatory to read it, in my opinion. And, if it is during Christmas, even better.

Book quote:I will honour 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.” Esta cita creo que resume perfectamente el libro, sin embargo, esta vez me gustaría dejar una segunda cita, que es un poco más el espíritu de lo que se quiere contar en la historia “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”.

Keep on reading,

GG Klimt

Questions to answer in the comments:
Have you read any of Charles Dickens’ books? And in particular, have you read «A Christmas Carol»? I think everyone knows the story, but I don’t know if everyone has read the book itself. Did you like it? Do you agree with my final comments on the book? Have you read any similar book of the same genre that you would like to recommend? Please answer these questions in the comments section.

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