Friday, December 14, 2012

A Christmas Carol - by Charles Dickens

Free US/UK Kindle Classic
It is not too late to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for Christmas. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)  The book is novella length. So, it is not even too late to launch your own Christmas tradition - where family members takes a turn reading out loud each night, on the run up to Christmas, until you close the book on that happiest of endings with the biggest goose in creation!

But before you get to the ending, you have to meet a few ghosts . . .
I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
The inimitable "hero"
Scrooge took his melancholy dinner in his usual melancholy tavern; and having read all the newspapers, and beguiled the rest of the evening with his banker’s-book, went home to bed.
And of course I would not leave you without a glimpse of this young man!
Alas for Tiny Tim, he bore a little crutch, and had his limbs supported by an iron frame!
I read this book every year for a glimpse into my own past Christmases spent reading this book in so many locations and circumstances.  It is the quintessential Christmas book, but it is about, in part, the very universal theme of the road not taken.   You don't have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy this wonderful book.

One caveat, don't look for the amazing illustrations in these free Kindle editions . . .

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