When was the last time you read A Christmas Carol?

I recently read a biography of Charles Dickens, called The Man Who Invented Christmas(affiliate link)  I enjoyed this book, although you could skip section 1 and start on chapter 8 if you just want to start reading where Dickens is inspired to write A Christmas Carol. 

In the biography, the author points out that many people are only familiar with the general story of A Christmas Carol, typically from one of the many, many film or stage adaptations. I realized that this was sort of true for me. I have read A Christmas Carol before, but it has been a few years. There is so much visual description in the book that you miss reading or hearing in the film version because the director just films it rather than describing it to you in words. There is also a lot of comedy in Scrooge’s thoughts, that don’t make it into dialogue in a screenplay.

Therefore for this month’s book club I recommend that you actually read A Christmas Carol. You can easily find a free copy for Kindle, or read it on archive.org, or reserve it at your library.

If you frequently read this one and you like it, then try The Man Who Invented Christmas(affiliate link.) I read this one and later listened to the audiobook. I do not recommend the audiobook version – the reader can read well, but somehow manages to make the book sound like a very dull business law book.

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