The first time I was ever introduced to this book was in the middle school, 5th grade I believe. It immediately impressed me and altered my brain even though I was still a child and I couldn’t fully understand what it was about. And now, coming back to this book I can reasonably ensure you that it’s one of the best I’ve ever read in my life (and I read a lot). Now I can finally understand its meaning more deeply than I’ve ever had. In short, this book is appropriate for all age groups because the story always stays the same it is just your interpretation that changes, and I find extremely delightful, comparing your thoughts and ideas to the ones you had before. For me, “A Christmas Carol” is a symbol of growing up but deeply inside still being that little child you once were, trying to find where your parents hide your Christmas gifts this time.
Definitely one of my top 10 classic novels. I can reread this book countless times and still thrill to the plot twists and cry at the unselfish goodness in Pips heart towards every he meets. The gothic elements with Miss Havisham in her crumbling mansion where all the clocks have stopped at the moment of her wedding that never materialized and decay and waste abound and the romance between Estella and Pip which is so unusual give this novel something Dickens had never played with prior. This novel definitely is a set above his other works in complex human relationships and undying love. Pips good deeds and the Kharma that comes his way is reassuring and a good lesson to all. He wants only to do good, to be a gentleman and be loved. His innate goodness as a little boy carries him toward adult hood and he is rewarded by his many kindnesses. The contrast between the icy haughty Estella and young Pip and her cruelty towards him is heart breaking. Still he can't help but falling in love with her. She was raised to break many hearts as revenge for Miss Havisham's betrayal and Pip gets in her way. Eventually she awakes from the ghosts that bind her and finds happiness in Pips love when he saves her from becoming a recluse like Miss Havisham and the curse is broken in a glorious conclusion.♥️👌