This book has been included once already for the Suggest a Christmas title meme but I hope allowances can be made for Dickens to be included twice. To make things a little different I am suggesting a new audio version of the book, wonderfully narrated by actor Tim Curry.
I don’t suppose there are many people who aren’t familiar with the basic outline of A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas which was first published in 1843. Miserly and bitter old Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and those yet to come in an effort to remind Scrooge of his own more innocent times then show him what might eventuate if he doesn’t change his ways. But if all you know of this story comes from one of its many cheesy and inane film adaptations then I would urge you to read the book instead. It’s a damned good story with more than a hint of darkness and Dickens’ ever-present social conscience. It is also beautifully written, as evidenced by our introduction to Scrooge himself:
Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.
Can anyone point to any of the movies that did half as good a job of painting a picture of horrid old Scrooge?
The original unabridged story narrated beautifully by Tim Curry is currently available free to audible subscribers but if you can’t get your ears on that then curl up with a print version of the book and enjoy.