Friday, December 11, 2009

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol (Great Stories) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is there anybody who hasn't experienced 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens in one form or another? Probably not many, but if you haven't tried the original text then you are missing a lot of the richness and relevance of the story.

Given that these things are now well worn clich├ęs it is easy to forget that in one short story Dickens firmly established both the iconography of the traditional Christmas celebration as a family feast with good will to all and also the trappings of the cautionary ghost story with a moral twist. He achieves both goals with remarkably deft and humourous use of language that is still amusing and relevant more than 160 years after the story was written.

The text is long out of copyright and available from Project Gutenberg, and I can heartily recommend the reading by Mitch Benn available from his website here or by searching for 'Mitch Benn Podcast' on itunes.

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