Author: R. William Bennett
Published: October 12, 2011
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 12-16, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
“Marley was dead to begin with . . .”
These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge?
Or had he?
Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite.
I don’t know if this was because this story was new to me but it affected me more than A Christmas Carol. We all know about Scrooge but what about Marley? What was his life like? Why did Scrooge get a chance at redemption and Marley did not? Or did he? We find out about Marley and how he and Scrooge met. They are perfect for each other. They are two peas in a pod.
We get to experience part of A Christmas Carol through this novel as we see the events occur through Marley. We also learn what happens to Scrooge after everything is said and done. This could be another reason I like this story more than a Christmas Carol. There is a completeness to it. I listened to this on audio after A Christmas Carol and I think that is how it should be read. Experience A Christmas Carol first then Jacob T. Marley for the complete story.
Jacob T. Marley is recommended.