Monday, November 15, 2010

A Christmas Carol

This is an okay book written by Charles Dickens. It’s Christmas Eve and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is in a foul temper – good cheer and joyful spending turn his very insides to vinegar. But before Scrooge sees the dawn break on yet another miserable Christmas morning, he will have come face-to-face with a parade of startling apparitions, and most disconcerting of all – himself.

It was first published on December 19, 1843. The story is credited with reviving the Christmas spirit in Britain. The book has never gone out of print. Christmas Trees were introduced into England in 1841, followed by the Christmas card in 1843. Some critics think the novel's philosophy is conservative, individualistic, and patriarchal. There are at least 21 film adaptations of the story.

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