Well I finally did it, I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the very first time in my life. Now like most people, this was a story I was already familiar with through the numerous film adaptations so the book didn't have any big surprises in store for me. I loved it anyway. It was like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in a while and rediscovering what made you friends to begin with.
I had forgotten how elegant of a writer Charles Dickens was, the words he chose and the way they are put together it brilliant. He immerses you in the story while at the same time allowing you to witness everything that is going on around you. I really need to remind myself to read more of his work since he is an author I've generally ignored since college.
The character of Scrooge has always seemed a little off to me in the movies for some reason. I'm not sure why, can't really explain it, the book turns him into a more concrete, solid character for me. One that I can relate too a little easier and cheer for when he turns his life around. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is the first time I ever cared about what happens to him. It's the first time that I cheered (in my head of course) when he realizes that it's still Christmas day and he is able to start making amends.
I'm a holiday reader. I devour books and movies that bring the season home to me and this book will be a yearly staple for me. I just need to read Cricket on the Hearth now since I already own the DVD.