With the color illustrations that Arthur Rackham made in 1915, Classic Alba adds to its collection one of the great jewels of world literature.
Prose Christmas Song, published in 1843 In an England marked by social inequalities, it is a life lesson, an incessant moral that, every December 25, places the reader, like a knock on his conscience, before the mirror of his own miseries and encourages him to be a better person, to think of others, to chase away the ghosts of selfishness and loneliness, to be happy.
The fabulous story of miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas, is the story of a wonderful moral metamorphosis. His encounter with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future gives rise to moving revelations that awaken the noblest feelings in the old man. Empathy ends up prevailing over greed, love over hatred and happiness over bitterness.
The play, a popular classic, clearly shows the kind of “social regret” that accompanied the Victorian era and that Dickens, who, with his father in prison, had to go to work at the age of twelve in a bitumen company in endless days, he knew how to portray like no other.
The class system, the harshness with which life is presented to the most underprivileged and the spirit of social denunciation underlie a talented book in which Dickens unfolds once more, as in Oliver Twist or the autobiographical David Copperfield, his nonconformity towards the injustices of an imperfect world.
Dickens rebels against grievances and does so with the sagacity of a sharp and insightful pen that reaches the reader’s heart, and wounds him. his sharp and critical vision of reality and the psychological complexity of its characters, embodied in tasty dialogues, makes Prose Christmas Song a book worth reading, or rereading, in this time of good intentions that is Christmas.
The edition launched by Alba Editorial includes five other great Christmas stories: Christmas when we stop being children, The story of the poor relative, The story of the child, The story of the schoolboy and The story of Nobody, all of them published between 1851 and 1853.
They are stories that speak of the feeling of irrepressible childhood nostalgia that Christmas awakens in the elderly.
“There was a time when, for most of us, Christmas Day wrapped our limited world like a magic ring and fulfilled our wishes and aspirations; he combined home entertainment, affections, and dreams; it gathered everything and everyone to the love of the fire; and gave fullness the small image that shone in our bright childish eyes.
“There came another time, perhaps too soon, in which our thoughts went beyond that narrow limit; in which we lacked a person (very dear, we believed then, very beautiful and totally perfect) so that our happiness would be complete (…) ”.
Texts written with the genius of dickens that strike a chord with the reader.
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