…this holiday season to one of the best books ever! Everyone knows “A Christmas Carol,” whether it be one of the many movie versions or a perennial stage production. I am a big fan of the screen versions. The George C. Scott version I think hits closest to the feel of the book, but ya gotta love the overblown performance of Albert Finney and the rollicking musical track of “Scrooge!” And frankly, Magoo’s Christmas Carol still makes me misty every year.
But, have you read the original book? Have you?? The book actually makes all these other versions pale by comparison. It’s JUST THAT GREAT. We are so used to how other media has adapted the story (in lots of awful ways, too)…that going back to the original (for me) is always a revelation. I try to read it every year, and I am always amazed at how eerie and effective the writing is.
The art piece here is from the 1990 Harcourt edition illustrated by Roberto Innocenti. He’s a done a fabulous job of capturing the mood of the book, which is deliciously dark. I highly encourage anyone and everyone who hasn’t read it to pick it up this year- let me know what you think!