Monday, 9 January 2017
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published in December 1843 by which time Dickens was already a successful author. My copy was a Book Club edition which contained the original illustrations by John Leech. The story of A Christmas Carol is very well-known with numerous film and TV adaptations being made. Although I knew the story I had never read the original book.
Dickens' descriptions in this book are excellent with the cold and fog adding to the ghostly atmosphere.
"The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms."
"The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slyly down at Scrooge out a gothic window in the wall, became invisible, with tremulous vibrations afterwards, as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there. The cold became intense."
A Christmas Carol was one of the books I decided to read for the Literary Christmas Challenge and was an excellent read for this time of year. This book would be a good introduction to Dickens' novels for anyone who is put off by his longer books. However I would encourage you to persevere as Dickens' books are well worth the effort. If you are interested in finding out more about Charles Dickens a good website is David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page.