christmas-1044399It’s A Christmas Carol. Yay! Merry Christmas from The Bookening!

Today our heroes discuss that odious old sinner, Ebeneezer Scrooge—and the sinner who created him, Mr. Charles Dickens. Unlike the socially conscious entertainers of today (say, George Clooney), Mr. Dickens knew how to make his points so charmingly that you sort of want to go along with him—even when he’s hammering you over the head with them.

Or do you?

Will Jacob Mentzel be more like Jacob Marley, and say “humbug” to this humble tale? Will Nathan obsess over the spooks and phantoms, or find a little Christmas cheer? Will Brandon join with his younger self in loving Dickens or give in to the more critical appraisals of modern scholarship?

You’ll have to listen to find out.

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Coming next month, Leo Tolstoy’s kinda mind-blowing Anna Karenina.

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