Jacob T. Marley
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.
Book on CD read by Simon Vance
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By DeAnne , Submitted on 2015-02-25
Jacob T. Marley conveys a wealth of Holiday spirit, while celebrating the gift of possibilities that lie in all of us.
By Monica, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Jacob T. Marley is a congruent story to the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Compelling narrative from Scrooge’s dead partner, Jacob Marley; how did his life lead him to haunt Ebenezer Scrooge on that fateful Christmas Eve? Ironically enough, Jacob is allowed to help Scrooge see the errors of his ways when Marley himself was dumb to the opportunities presented in his mortal life that would have eliminated the immortal chains that bound him in death. Jacob reflects on his past life and decisions that doom him to eternal wanderings of misery. As he wanders, he is faced with the consequences of his greed and the effects on everyone he inflicted his ‘goodwill’ on. A twist of fate on his death bed sends Marley on a mission to rediscover what he missed learning of mercy as a mortal. In conclusion, the stories of Marley and Scrooge are much the same though each finds his own way to find mercy, love, and redemption. I appreciated the ending of the book that tied Scrooge’s and Marley’s fates together and again reflects the meaning of Christmas.
By Evelyn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely plan to add it to the annual reading tradition in my family. I have been a life-long fan of Ebeneezer Scrooge, and this book did not disappoint! Loved it!