I was thrilled several weeks ago when SMCM Professor JCB (Jennifer Cognard-Black, for those of you who don’t know her) emailed those of us already signed up for her Victorian Literature class for the Fall semester with a list of books that we would be reading (because she is wonderful and wanted to give us a chance to get a head start during our vacation). I had read several of the books on the list before, including A Christmas Carol. The last time that I read the book, I had been in 7th grade (and I’m fairly certain that it had been a play-version, rather than the actual novel).
The story has long been considered a Christmas classic and has been made into countless film, television, and theater adaptations. I’ve seen many of them, but don’t consider any of them (or at least the ones that I have seen) to have been good representations of the true Dickens’ story. Entirely too many of them want to include superfluous romantic interjections and attempt to make each character live up to a certain over-the-top stereotype. The novel, however, was nicely balanced and created real-to-life characters who behaved just as normal humans do. It is easy to see how and why A Christmas Carol became the classic that it is.
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Review Submitted by: Breanna Thorne
Rating: Highly Recommended