Keep Charles Dickens in Christmas!!
Happy Sunday to all you Readers, writers and fellow travellers in the Journey of books and bookish things. Having woken up from our wayyy too short sleep from a wayyy too late night at the Mother-in-law’s Christmas party last night down in Maricopa, and having finished John Grisham’s great little novel Skipping Christmas which the movie Christmas with The Kranks was based on, I move on to the next Christmas/Holidays book on my seasonal shelf. This one is also a novel, but it’s based not on fiction but the true life story of how Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol came to be and as the subtitle suggests… “How Charles Dickens saved Christmas.”
The book I’ve chosen is titled A Midnight Carol by Patricia K. Davis and it’s a novelized account of how not only the Christmas favorite came to be but also how the great Dickens Classic revitalized his career and fortunes. I read this last year for the first time and even reviewed it on a previous book blog, but I loved the writing and reading of it so much that I plan to reread it every Holidays Season as I’m able.
As I said before in the post on Skipping Christmas, usually in December is when I push everything aside and Grab a Spine from the books on my shelf of the Christmas/holidays selection. In advance of the Yuletide Celebration of cheer and family we also set up the Telly and DVD for a non-stop whirlwind of Holiday favorites such as Miracle on 54th Street, Polar Express, Frosty the Snoman, and one of our very favorites… Christmas with the Kranks. But for classics and perennial favorites for most Americans and westerners who read, “… there can be only One” in terms of appeal, Christmas Spirit and multi-generational impact and staying power, and that One is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Of course we will be reading or watching the Original before the Big Day, but I’m also looking forward to reading Patricia K. Davis’ book, A Midnight Carol this year as a companion piece. How about you? What are you reading this week?
If you’ve read this book, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below. Have a great Sunday.