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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Dickens, a man who uses adjectives in a liberal manner, gave rise to a new adjective himself: dickensian. 'A Christmas Carol' is a dickensian tale. Who reading this post (all six of you, if I'm lucky) doesn't know the story? I love the beginning, with its discussion of the deadest piece of ironmongery. I read it to my girls, who enjoyed the story a great deal. It prompted many deep discussions with them about morality, liberality, and salvation. Can a man save himself?

If you've not read 'A Christmas Carol' yet, don't wait.


  1. The Fezziwigs will live in my heart forever. It always amazes me that Dickens painted those unforgettable characters in the space of about two and a half pages.

  2. I love how the Fezziwigs dance. Dickens is good at painting characters. I still have a vivid picture in my mind of a character I can no longer name, with hair like the stiff steel bristles on a brush (I can't even recall the book). Long ago a university in CA published A Tale of Two Cities serially. Dan and I signed up and read it together. That was so much fun, anticipating the arrival of the next installment.