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A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge‘s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times.
By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:
Tis the season to be racist …
Saturday 30th November 2013
… if you’re part of our political elite, that is
Tomorrow, or today if you are reading this on Sunday, officially signals the commencement of the traditional season of goodwill and peace to all men, and you can’t help feeling that the message has got lost somewhere along the way.
Ask most five-year-olds what Christmas is about and you will get a bewildering array of answers mainly revolving around chocolate and presents but with the odd bit of confused and conflated religious mythology thrown in for good measure.
But it would seem that even the least precocious child has a better grasp on the subject than we so-called grown-ups.
There are of course two main tales that perennially do the rounds at this time of year.
The first involves a weary couple, one of whom was heavy with child, who travelled from afar to the town of Bethlehem due to bureaucratic reasons only to find that there was no room at the inn.
Instead the world’s first IVF mother was forced to give birth in a cattle shed surrounded not by midwives and medics but a mini-menagerie of farm animals and various groups of itinerant bearded blokes bearing gifts.
It’s a good job it didn’t happen in Britain in 2013, for not only would there have been no room at the inn but they’d have been forcibly deported from the country in handcuffs.
“So Mrs, er Mary, if I understand you correctly you say you are about to give birth to the son of God, is that correct? Bloody health tourists.”
“And you sir, what do you do for a living? Carpenter, eh? Are you sure you’re not Polish?”
In fact Christmas goodwill is thinner on the ground at the moment than stray hairs on Michael Fabricant‘s carpet.
All the major parties appear to be trying to outdo each other in the hate speak stakes this week, as if they’re getting all the bile out of their system before pretending to be nice to people for a few weeks – like bingeing before Lent.
Thus we’ve had politicians of all stripes engaging in hysterically xenophobic howls of faux anguish over the claimed influx of eastern Europeans to these benighted shores.
That presumably would have come as quite a surprise to the local populous who probably have far more pressing things on their minds than indulging in race riots. Like wondering how they’re going to get through the winter without freezing to death or how they are going to be able to afford to put food on the table.
Blunkett’s always been a bit of a fascist but this is pure knee-jerk Daily Mail hate-mongering. Manufacture a fake panic and then sit back and watch it come to pass.
It’s a good job no-one told him about Santa Claus…
“F***ing Laplanders, coming over here, using our chimneys and eating our mince pies…”
The second narrative which in many ways has come to embody the yule season almost to the same degree as the nativity, is the tale of a curmudgeonly miser who undergoes a form of redemptive regressive hypnosis to emerge a better, more caring human being.
This, on the face of it, would be a fairly straightforward message. Basically, being a greedy bastard is a bad thing. Even the aforementioned five-year-olds could probably get their heads round that concept once you’d got them to stop putting Lego up their noses.
Johnson defended the importance of “boardroom greed” and “some measure of inequality” as a spur to economic activity at a time when the income gap between those at the top and those at the bottom is getting ever wider.
Basically what his waffling argument came down to was that some people are too stupid to get on in life…
Yes, and then mummy and daddy pay for them to go to Eton and they become politicians.
British Prime Minster David Cameron’s attack this week on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants is only the latest anti-immigrant diatribe delivered for the purpose of polluting the political atmosphere in Britain and Europe: here.
- ‘A Christmas Carol’ Begins Season Run (rochester.ynn.com)
- Putting the hum in humbug: A Christmas Carol ready for holiday run at Neptune Theatre (metronews.ca)
- Shenandoah welcomes season with annual Dickens Christmas (republicanherald.com)
- Music brightens Dickens classic (tribune-democrat.com)