Welcome to Week 3 of the Online Book Club!
Because of the holidays and the hectic nature of this time, this will be our final discussion for the month of December.
Did you know that A Christmas Carol was not Charles Dickens’s only Christmas story? Apparently, he was quite the prolific Christmas story writer, so he published several Christmas tales. Since I hadn’t ever heard of any of these stories before starting my research for this book discussion, I have to assume that these other Christmas stories were not as popular as A Christmas Carol. However, they still seem interesting. If you go to the New York Public Library’s website, you can see summaries of and illustrations from each story. After reading the summaries, I have to say that I think The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home seems like the most interesting story. I am a sucker for tales of intrigue, so I think a story about a man in disguise and a cricket seems almost too good to be true. What do you think? Which of these stories did you think was the most interesting? Have any of you read any of these before? If so, tell me why I should or shouldn’t read it!
So, what do you think of the ending of this story? The skeptic in me wants to think that a hardened man like Scrooge wouldn’t be able to completely change his life and his perspective with just a few memories. But the memories were pretty intense, so I guess they could really rock him and make him reevaluate his choices. I do think that Scrooge’s transformation is more believable than the Grinch’s in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
At the end of the book, we know that Scrooge becomes a different man, and we know that he gives Tiny Tim a chance at life. But what do you think happens after that? How else do you think Scrooge’s transformation could change the world in which he lives?
A Christmas Carol is probably one of the most recognizable Christmas books and movies, but I’m sure there are some other great ones that I am not familiar with. Please share your favorite holiday books and movies in the comments section. I would love to find another great story or movie that I can revisit every year!
Thanks for following along with me this month. I hope you’ll come back next month as we tackle a classic. We’ll start the year off right by reading Wuthering Heights! I hope to hear from you then.