The Christmas List

The Christmas List

Large Print - 2009
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A man's desire to write his own obituary prior to his death allows him to learn what the world really thinks of him.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2009.
ISBN: 9781602856394
1602856397
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT FICTION EVA
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 22 cm.

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AL_KATI Dec 11, 2017

While I really loved the idea behind the story (a la "A Christmas Carol"), the plot felt slow to pick up and it was harder for me to stay engaged. Of course, the ending brought tears to my eyes.

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

This is a shameless re-telling of the Scrooge story and of course the familiar story arc has broad appeal. Set in contemporary times, it lacks the lugubrious atmosphere of Dickens' original tale. To make his point, Evans exaggerates his anti-hero's callousness to such a degree that he gives the impression of playing a role -- e.g. referring to his dying wife, in her presence as a "mistake"; this calls to mind Scrooge's rejoinder "are there no prisons?" but hardly achieves Dickens' credibility of character. So, in the end my greatest criticism of Evans' book is its lack of subtlety.

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lucyreviews
Jun 24, 2014

Outstanding!

mandmom Dec 11, 2012

This was an excellent holiday read. Evans has masterfully retold the story of Scrooge only with a modern day twist. I read this book in one day. Could not put it down.

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