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A Christmas Carol Paperback – January 1, 2005
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I purchased the Kindle version, and was very happy with it. Many books that are transferred from print over to e-book format show up with errors, missing text, or scanning mistakes that are not corrected. Those involved in creating the Kindle version of this book did a wonderful job. Any errors were corrected, the paragraph breaks were perfect, punctuation was correctly placed, and I was able to read my favorite Christmas story without a single annoying interruption.
I think we all have seen at least one version of A Christmas Carol in the movies or on television. I believe everyone should read all about Scrooge and his haunting companions in the Dickens original, if they really wish to enjoy the full message of the story. This well-translated and perfectly-formatted version, complete with its charming artwork, is a great place to start.
If you are looking for the original version this is NOT it though!
Now we come to the greatest chracter- at lease to my mind- of any great writer. Madam Defarge is the villain to match any in fiction. With her constant knitting- knitting a death list of her enemies into the design- she is ruthless and determined to not only exterminate all the nobility that have let the country become a multitude of desperate, starving people but righting her own wrongs, down to the children of any line that happens to have crossed her in any way. She is humorless, determined, and will shoot you and hack off your head for a pike if you get in her way. The Evrémondes are her prime targets, and Dickens helps here by making the Marquis somebody we don't mind seeing murdered in his sleep. His nephew is a prime character, and even though he, like Lucy, seems too good to be real, he is the counterpoint not only to his Uncle, who not only supports the abusive policies of the nobility but intends to pursue them with even greater brutality, but to the mindless exterminations of the Revolution, where being a noble was enough to warrant death. Dickens shows that the nobility brought themselves to that point, but that the Republic was less brutal.
Remember when you read that this was a balance of great writing with a bit of serial cliffhanger, and you can almost feel what it must have been like, waiting for the next installment of a great old story.