Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three Sentence Book Review: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

This classic hardly needs another review, except to say that it is much better than the many plays and movies that it has inspired.  To me, Charles Dickens is the Beethoven of literature -- every element is purposefully placed in the perfect spot to create the desired effect, which in this case is a delightful and inspiring story.  Surprisingly, the key message is not delivered by those famous Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, or Future, but by the first visiting spirit, Marley, Scrooge's deceased business partner, who returns to teach Scrooge that life gives us one short chance to forget ourselves and bless others.  (And, in that spirit, a special thanks to our friend Clint for giving us this story as a gift!)

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