Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Christmas Carol

“Marley was dead to begin with … Old Marley was as dead as a doornail”. So begins one of the most loved Christmas stories of all time; Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The story of the old miser, Ebeneezer Scrooge, the “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” has been loved since it was first published in 1843.

The library holds many editions of this classic. To get the true sense of Scrooge’s terror at seeing the ghosts, or the horrid living conditions of the poor, I would suggest an unabridged copy of the original. The strength of Dickens’ language, phrasing and imagery are best enjoyed that way.

The library also holds some abridged versions that are appropriate for younger readers. One of these is the Stephen Krensky adaptation, in which the artwork by Dean Morrissey is exceptional.

The Altona Library will be hosting a reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on the evening of Dec. 12, at 7:30. Guests will be reading and refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but in keeping with Dickens’ own interests and advocacy, donations will be accepted for the Empty Stocking Fund.

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