What’s even better is that there is a readalong of A Christmas Carol happening today over at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Postcards from Asia! Me likey. I’m short on time and posting this at lunch rather than my normal scheduled midnight time, so I’m using the prompts Caroline and Delia provided us. Mostly.
A Christmas Carol In Short: Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits–one to show him his past, one the present, and one the future.
Is this the first time you are reading the story?
In full, yes. I’ve read the dramatized one several times–enough that I actually thought that this book was originally dramatized. So sad, huh? I have seen enough movie versions and plays that I am quite familiar with the story.
Did you like it?
I did like it and I can see myself reading it again and again! My only complaint is that I felt it ended too abruptly. I don’t want to play the cynic at Christmas time, but can Scrooge really do a complete 180 after one night of spiritual visitors? I guess since it’s Christmas we’ll pretend he can.
Which was your most memorable scene? (replaces favorite and least favorite original questions)
The scene that struck me the most was when two children peered out from underneath the Ghost of Christmas Present’s robes. They were Ignorance and Want and the Ghost warned of the prevalence of these. Isn’t it amazing how this still rings true 169 years after Dickens originally published the story? Dickens tells us “Beware of them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware of this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is ‘Doom,’ unless the writing be erased.”
Which spirit and his stories did you find the most interesting?
All of the stories are interesting–We forget how much our actions and words affect other people, or at least I know I do. In this story we see how the past shapes the present which shapes the future and while hindsight can be 20/20, it’s difficult to foresee how what we do now or what we have done will pave the way for tomorrow.
How did you like the end? Did you think it was believable?
I’ve already discussed this above. It’s a nice and cheery ending with a lot of hope. I don’t think it’s necessarily believable but it’s nice to believe it’s believable, huh?
Do you know anyone like Scrooge? Did Scrooge deserve to be saved?
I think it’s easy to fall into patterns of short-sightedness like Scrooge is prone to. Luckily I don’t know anyone exactly like Scrooge, but I certainly think we can all try a little harder to open our hearts and eyes. In terms of whether I think that Scrooge deserved to be saved–yes, I believe that everyone deserves to be saved as long as they will continue to uphold their end of the bargain. Or perhaps the hard work should come before the saving. Certainly I don’t want to get into preaching as I don’t believe in literal soul saving, but I firmly believe that we choose our own paths.
Bottom Line: A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale that is too short not to read. I think I’ll make this a holiday tradition as the message is truly timeless.
A Note on the Audio: I got all excited when I saw that Tim Curry was the narrator for the Audible edition of A Christmas Carol. But I ended up having mixed feelings–at times his voice inflections for the characters were spot on and perfect–but at others it was too caricaturized and I found it distracting. Eh. Listen to a sample if you’re interested. I bought this via an Audible sale and I’d listen again but wish that I hadn’t jumped too quickly.
Have you read A Christmas Carol? Or seen an adaptation? What is the most memorable part of the story for you?