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Rereading Like the Dickens?

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Tuesday February 23, 2016

Every December Steve rereads A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.* He started doing it long before we met ("Since the late 80s, early 90s, I guess", he says). Whenever I comment on his commitment to this seasonal reread with amazement, he says something like "It's not a long book," and leaves it at that.

The thing is, I rarely reread anything. Even many of the books on my favourites list are ones I've read only once, or twice at best. The biggest exceptions are the books I kept returning to as a kid, like The Velveteen Rabbit and Where the Red Fern Grows, but aside from Charlotte's Web even most of my childhood favourites haven't been reread in adult-hood.

So.

This past December I read A Christmas Carol too. Of course I knew the story from many adaptations but I thought I was reading Dickens' actual prose for the first time. Yet passage after passage caught in my memory in a way that made it clear that I actually had r…