I went into the Wayback Machine for this week’s review, as I wanted to share something seasonal.Marley’s Ghost by Mark Hazard Osmun
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mark Hazard Osmun brings us an imaginative look at the life of Jacob Marley before his appearance in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
This book is not for the faint of heart; there are accurate descriptions of life’s miseries for child laborers, coal miners and the poor in pre-Industrial Revolution England. We see Marley go in turns from being a loving brother to a thief to a gambler … and ultimately to Scrooge’s miserly mentor.
This book is well-researched for period detail and brings us an evocative (if not always compassionate) new look at Marley’s character. Those who enjoy the Dickens tale are sure to like the new look at an unwilling change agent.
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