Having seen probably every film version of this book that was made (yes even that Susan Lucci version where she played a female scrooge). I decided it was about time I checked out the original! Well all I can say is it was beyond worth it. Despite an occasional word or two I did not know the meaning of due to language changes over the years I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was exquisite, the descriptions of the scenes masterful and the heart behind the words incredible. Everyone knows this story is a Christmas classic... but after reading the original I now KNOW it is truly a classic! What an amazing experience reading this was and I am so very glad to have done so.