Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book review: Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett

Jacob T. MarleyJacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure how I came across this book, but I know it was fairly recently. I was intrigued by the premise.

This is the story of Scrooge's partner, Jacob Thelonius Marley, and how he came to visit Ebenezer on that fateful Christmas Eve.

It's told in a very Dickensian voice, and tells a story very different than Scrooge's. Jacob was born into a loving family, and found his way to greed through another vice, pride. How his pride and greed affect him and those around him is the first half of the story. The second half is what happens after he died, seven years ago that very Christmas Eve.

As Marley tells Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge's chance to avoid Marley's fate was "a chance of my procuring." And so we learn how Marley arranged the intervention. And Marley is there at Scrooge's side during his ghostly adventures.

I really enjoyed the book - a very quick read - though I feel it's largely unnecessary. "A Christmas Carol" doesn't need any help. But then, neither did "Hamlet," and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is still a lot of fun.

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