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November 02, 2009


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I'm so excited to see it!

Thank you for posting this review! I am so excited to see this film! :D

Glad to hear that they kept it so close to the book!! I'll probably have to close my eyes during the jaw-dropping moment, but this sounds like something worth using that theater admission ticket I have (which, coincidentally, someone gave me last Christmas).

This is a wonderfully written review and deserves to be read by a crowd much larger than that which frequents this blog (no offense intended to this blog, a web location I am coming to count on as a very nice "morning tea mate"). I strongly encourage you to try to get your review published more widely!!! Cheers to you!

That is most kind! But not to worry, I've been sharing it through Facebook and other social media. :-) I actually did get my "Little Dorrit" review published at a much bigger site, back in the spring. But I had an awful lot going on this week and decided to just get this one written and get it up here without going through the submission and waiting process.

Well, thanks for all your efforts at promoting appreciation for Charles Dickens!! I am so glad to have been exposed to this blog and I look forward to enjoying it for as long as it's up and running!!

Ditto to that, David! :D

Thank you both. I certainly couldn't keep it going without the contributions from all the wonderful Dickens fans!

Ibid, David and Nibs!

Well, yesterday, three of my four children, two of their friends, my wife and I all climbed into the minivan and drove through the early afternoon sunlight to our favorite movie theater, paid our (outrageous) entry fee, donned our 3d glasses and sat down for a real treat: A Christmas Carol! I can only say "Bravo". I thought it was amazingly effective. I get chills as I write this just recalling certain particularly effective scenes, of the young Scrooge dancing with his lovely and noble intended, of the young Scrooge in the counting house losing her, of Bob Cratchit raising his glass and toasting Scrooge, and Scrooge's nephew playing a game of guess the animal, and of course the Cratchit home and table without Tiny Tim, of Scrooge confronting the fact that no one mourned his death. I was particularly impressed with the way the film expressed the supreme joy of Scrooge's Christmas Day. I was wondering at points during the dark of night whether the film would be able to carry the brilliant light of Christmas morn off as well as it had the darkness of Scrooge's dream-scape. And yes, tears of joy rolled down my face as Scrooge bought the largest turkey for the Cratchits and sang the end of the carol with the carolers and gave abundantly to the cause of the poor and the needy. And when Scrooge entered his nephew's home just at the point of the guess the animal game and humbly asked to be a part of his family, I felt like God had forgiven and blessed this broken world again and given us all a new beginning. Needless to say, I felt like dancing and I laughed out loud at the final scene when Bob arrived 16 minutes late for work the day after Christmas and was rewarded with a big fat raise and an errand to buy an ample supply of coal. YES, YES, YES!!!! Life is good. No matter how ugly this world can be, we are Blessed! Fear not the world, but embrace it, and all will be well, no matter what, no matter what!!! Just lovely.

i am struck by how the story in Pickwick Papers of Gabriel Grub (that I happened by chance to read this afternoon) foreshadows A Christmas Carol. You may recall that Gabriel is a gravedigger who hates the mirth and happiness of others, and trudges off to the graveyard alone one Christmas Eve to finish work on a grave. On his way, he encounters a child singing a "jolly song about a merry Christmas". This irked Gabriel so much that he struck the little fellow "five or six times" with his lantern "to teach him to modulate his voice". Gabriel proceeds then to occupy himself for an hour or so in grave digging and drinking from his "wicker bottle" when his solitude is interrupted by a goblin and his company. As punishment for drinking alone in a graveyard on Christmas Eve, this goblin carries Gabriel to his lair and shows Gabriel some visions. These visions are highly instructive to Gabriel, and Gabriel learns the very lessen that Scrooge learns. There is some absolutely beautiful reflections by the author about those who are "delicately nurtured, and tenderly brought up". Remarkable!

Good catch there, David!

It looks like Michael Slater also touches on this in his biography. I haven't yet got to that passage in my reading of it, but the section was excerpted in the WSJ.

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