A Christmas Carol (Penguin Christmas Classics)

Penguin Christmas Classics
Penguin Christmas Classics

With how close it is to Christmas I’ve been reading some Christmas literature recently, some of it new to me, and some of it very familiar.

When I saw the Penguin Christmas Classics collection I fell in love with their beautiful covers and illustrations and indulged in a pre-Christmas splurge.

These books look and feel beautiful. They work together as a collection, but still shine as individual books. Whilst I know the adage says not to judge a book by its cover, there is still something so enjoyable about reading a book this pretty.

Penguin says of the collection:

‘Beautifully designed hardcovers—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.’

My first read from the collection was A Christmas Carol, which will probably be a familiar Christmas story to most people even if just the muppets version.

From the first sentence: ‘Marley was dead to begin with.’ which is a well-known, yet still intriguing start, this book held all the familiar comfort of Christmas for me.

The descriptions on a Victorian Christmas are rich and detailed, transporting you into the scene and leaving you a little bit sorry that Christmas doesn’t seem to be quite so grand or joyous any more.

The moral of the story is obvious without being laboured, the storytelling keeps a deeply emotional, typically Victorian story light and easy to read. It’s a good introduction to Dickens and a must for anyone who loves Christmas or needs to get in the Christmas spirit.

The beauty of the book makes it the perfect gift, even if it is just a gift to yourself!


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