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Scrooge and Marley Paperback – November 14, 2012
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About the Author
Karl F. Hollenbach was born in 1925 in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his B.A. and M. Ed. from the University of Louisville. His esoteric and metaphysical articles have been published in Japan and England as well as the United States. He and his artist wife live on Dunsinane Hill Farm near Fort Knox, Kentucky. More information about Karl F. Hollenbach is available at http://BooksAuthorsAndArtists.com
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This book is a fitting continuation because Karl Hollenbach uses language that is close to the language used in the original book and not quite so modern that it seems out of place and from another time period. The characters still speak in the same type of dialogue that you would expect to find in something written by Dickens, so it doesn't seem like Hollenbach created new characters but instead successfully continued the story from a long time Christmas favorite.
It's nice to see what Scrooge's life is like after his visit from the three ghosts that changed him in A Christmas Carol. I'm sure that many others along with myself have always wondered whether or not Scrooge would remain kind and changed after the events in A Christmas Carol, and now this book details what his life is like in the aftermath and lays those questions to rest. This book is a great Christmas read, especially for fans of A Christmas Carol.
I think that particular quote sums up the whole book. Marley was determined to right his wrongs and Scrooge was learning that it is not about what you do but how you do it. At times, our intentions are good but things don't always turn out that way. I actually loved Scrooge being a cheerful giver and just overall being happy throughout the book. It shows that people can and do change.
It is true that we often miss the mark but it is important to know that we don't always have to miss it. Some people do give up as they get older but one should never give of. This book truly gave me a sense of the spiritual world and also made me think more about how my actions affect others, sometimes the effect of our actions are long-term. I am giving this book 5 stars, as I stated previously if you like books by Charles Dickens, you will like this one. You will not be disappointed.
It's also hard to comprehend now, but at the time, "A Christmas Carol" was actually a secular take on Christmas, a return to, as Thomas Hood put it - "ancient and hospitable customs, its social and charitable observances."
Which brings us to this book, "Scrooge and Marley" (not to be confused with "Scrooge and Marley" the movie, which was released in 2012 as well; that's a different storyline altogether.) Many other books have been written with either a twist on "A Christmas Carol" story or inspired by it. However, very few talk about what happened after the story ends. This is one of the books that does. Why do that, one would ask; the resolution was reached, and the point was made. What else is there to talk about?
Well, have you ever taken a resolution at the start of the year to become a better person just to see it dwindle a few weeks later? What if the same thing were to happen to Scrooge?
Don't worry, it doesn't. What does happen, is that Marley's ghost shows in front of the new and better Scroodge again, one year passed, and asks him to do something for him. However, throughout the story, the question "What happened next?" is replaced with the questions "Why is it happening?" and "Where does it all lead?", in my opinion.
This is more of a philosophical piece that a literary work. Because, if there's no conflict, as it was in the original, what does then move the story forward? In this light, I would strongly recommend re-reading "A Christmas Carol" before starting this book. The stories are directly connected and this is the actual continuation of the Christmas classic.
A nice writing style and a feel-good story that makes you think. Recommended for the Holiday reading.