Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This was another audio book for me. I have seen the movie, it just isn't Christmas without watching this movie. I might add that the 1950's version is the best, though the Muppets come in a second.

Again this is another where the movie came first. I wanted to see what was in the book but not in the movie and I have to say hardly anything was missing. It was almost word for word the same. I wasn't too disappointed because I half expected it. I have not read or watched anything else that is Dickens so I think I will continue with his works. I just love the English way of speaking, especially when the audio is done with the english accent.

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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