The Classics Reclamation Project is my personal challenge to read and enjoy the classics. Each Wednesday, I post about the classic I’m reading at the moment.
I’ve seen numerous adaptations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I began my acquaintance with the story in middle school, when I participated in a musical stage adaptation; most recently, I watched the movie “Scrooged.” But it wasn’t until this Christmas that I actually experienced the original novel.
It’s the classic story of the grouchy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who won’t spend money on coal for heat, refuses to visit his nephew, and is loath to give his employee Christmas Day off work. As he arrives home on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Marley, Scrooge’s business partner, who warns Scrooge he will be visited by three ghosts. The bulk of the novel concerns itself with Scrooge’s experiences with these ghosts, who help Scrooge see life in a different light.
I really enjoyed A Christmas Carol. It’s short, dramatic, and has a nice moral. I liked the different temperaments of the three ghosts as well as the characterizations of the novel’s other players. Scrooge won me over despite his initially curmudgeonly, miserly ways.
The atmosphere of the story was perfect for the holiday season. Scrooge’s transformation happens just in time for Christmas Day, so that the reader shares in Scrooge’s joy when he discovers he won’t have to wait until next year to amend his ways and get into the holiday spirit. I’m sure I’d enjoy A Christmas Carol any time, but reading it at Christmastime added another level that I quite liked.
I listened to A Christmas Carol as read by Frank Muller. Muller also did The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Great Gatsby, both of which I loved. A Christmas Carol was no different. Muller has a great voice for reading classics, and his comfortably quick pace keeps the stories moving and not overly dramatized. I’ll definitely be listening to more classics read by Frank Muller.
I don’t have much else to say about A Christmas Carol! I liked it. If you’ve not yet read it, I’d recommend it, but I do think it’s nicest around Christmas. I might just make it a holiday tradition!