The Last of the Spirits – #AtoZChallenge 2019

When it comes to retellings or stories based on another book, the question arises, “Is it as good as the original?” The question becomes more valid when the original book is a favorite of the reader. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of the few classics that I’ve loved reading. Chris Priestley adds his spin on it through this book.

The Last of the Spirits follows a similar storyline to the original, but adds a “present” touch to it. Sam and Lizzie, two street urchins, ask Scrooge for some money on Christmas Eve. The rich man turns them down spitefully. When at a graveyard, Sam resolves to kill Scrooge, the ghost of Marley appears, and the kids become part of Scrooge’s tale through past, present and future.

Closest to the original…

There have been many retellings of the classic over the years, but this felt familiar, the closest to the original story. There is magic, there is moral and there is an engaging narration that keeps me turning the pages curious to know more. By adding two children whose life is the complete opposite of Scrooge’s, Priestley brings to the reader a need to know how their lives are affected by the actions.

More than just Christmas…

I loved the brother-sister relationship portrayed as well. It was beautiful to read. I loved small details like Want and Ignorance. And how second chances can be important. And Sam and Lizzie’s story gets a moving conclusion too. I’ve read A Christmas Carol more than once. And The Last of the Spirits falls into the category of rereadable books too.


This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.


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Vinay Leo R.
13. 04. 2019

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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