This timeless holiday tale of a man redeemed through the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future has been retold countlessly on stage, screen, cartoons, and even a “Black Adder” special on British Television…but, for those of you who have not read it…do it!!
It is meant to be read out loud, and I often do the first paragraph for my book clubs to share the beauty of Dicken’s language as he conveys humor, pathos and hope-often at the same time! The plight of the poor in London in the 1800s rings true as it draws on Dickens own childhood experiences.
As companion readings for the book, I thoroughly recommend two selections: Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard, a historical thriller imagining a grown “Tiny Tim” investigating the murder of 2 girls and the nonfiction title The Man Who Invented Christmas : How Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol rescued his career and reinvented Christmas filled with trivia not only about Dickens , but also the history of Christmas and publishing in 1800s London.