The Christmas List

The Christmas List

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Dear Reader, When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate. What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers. As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them. Their legacy. Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption. One of my family's holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Merry Christmas.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Simon & Schuster, 2009
ISBN: 9781439154052
1439154058
Characteristics: 1 online resource (368 p.)

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ArapahoeKati 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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