“Bah!” Said Scrooge. “Humbug!”
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has captured the hearts of hundreds of readers ever since it was first published in 1843. This endearing story of 19th century Victorian England is placed in the classic genre.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old sinner who doesn’t give a humbug for Christmas. His tightfistedness and grumpiness are making life miserable for those around him. On Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of his dead partner Marley who warns him that three ghosts will visit him. These ghosts-the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future-will show him glimpses of his past life as well as what will happen in the future if he does not amend his ways. Will he change? Or will he continue walking his old, selfish path?
Charles Dickens’ writing style is world renowned. His dialogue, detail, and storyline are rich with color and incredibly well thought out. The Christmas Carol flows very well; and it is an easy read.
I recommend this book for ages 10+; older if you are frightened easily. There are a few mild mature themes; including the ghost theme and the extreme poverty and abuse that many people in the lower classes faced at that time. Overall; this book is a heart-warming, well written story with good morals and unforgettable characters. 4.5 out of 5 stars.