A Christmas Carol must be the most well known publication next to the Bible. It has been recreated in many artistic formats on the stage and screen. My favorite cartoon adaptation is the beloved Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol, but the holiday season is not complete until I revisit the 1970 musical version, Scrooge, starring Albert Finney. I discovered this Charles Dickens’ book in grade school, stuck on my Father’s bookshelf, and was fascinated by the Victorian tale, awestruck with wonder as I contemplated how anyone could imagine such a marvelous story.
Obviously I am not alone in my love for this book. Charlie Lovett traces modern holiday traditions, such as caroling and family time together, back to this very story, as well as the other writings of Dickens. Using the same style and tone as the original, as well as references and details from various Dickens’ works, such as Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and David Copperfield. Lovett has written a sequel entitled The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge. It is twenty years since Ebeneezer Scrooge’s transformation and he now lives life as if every day were Christmas Day. No longer a miser, Scrooge has given away all his money to those in need. He now lives simply, not to horde, but to enable himself to impart all the more to others. Yet all his good deeds have only released the burden of former partner Jacob Marley’s heavy chains by just five short links. In a stroke of genius, Scrooge decides to call upon the three Christmas spirits to revisit and fill other souls, not just with the milk of human kindness, but the desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
This short story/novella is a quick, fast paced read which feels as if Dickens himself is continuing Ebenezer’s adventures perhaps due to numerous quotes from the original. This is the perfect book to pick up at Christmas time to remind us that there are numerous needs throughout the world and that through our actions we can lighten the burdens of our fellow man.
So four stars along with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.