Saturday, 17 December 2011

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

In the week before Christmas, I love to read A Christmas Carol. The five staves, or chapters, are just right to read one a day and recapture cold foggy, nineteenth century London on Christmas Eve.
The copy I read is on the right and is part of a set of bound novels for children which I bought for my family over 20 years ago. Each was accompanied, as you can see, with a magazine telling about the author, and the times in which they lived.
2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth with major TV programmes marking the event, including Great Expectations, over the holidays, with Gillian Anderson as a chilling Miss Havisham.
As a child, I loved the BBC adaptations which used to be on at Sunday teatime, and I wonder how this will compare. Technically superior I'm sure!
One of the best Dickens' adaptations for Christmas is The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine as Scrooge, along with Kermit (Bob Cratchit), Miss Piggy (Mrs Cratchit), and Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig. It does sound a little corny, but none of the story is lost in this film which is best watched on Christmas Eve, when Kermit sings, 'There is only one more sleep 'til Christmas!'

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