A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is probably more often seen than read, with movie adaptations featuring Alistair Sim, Albert Finney, George C. Scott, Scrooge McDuck, the Muppets, and even Kelsey Grammer of Frasier for crying out loud.
The book itself is a quick read and quite enjoyable, at least to most. One surprise to me was that the scene in the Alistair Sim version where the dying Fanny (Scrooge’s sister) asks Scrooge (who just left the room) to care for his nephew Fred does not appear in the book. Here are a few Scathing Book Reviews of A Christmas Carol that say Bah Humbug! :
Our Hero Ebenezer Scrooge: Scrooge was better at the beginning! He says: “You know the ritual: boo the curmudgeon initially encountered in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, then cheer the sweetie pie he becomes in the end. It’s too bad no one notices that the curmudgeon had a point – quite a few points, in fact. There can be no arguing with Dickens’s wish to show the spiritual advantages of love. But there was no need to make the object of his lesson an entrepreneur whose ideas and practices benefit his employees, society at large, and himself.
…and this which isn’t actually a bad review but has such a great title: