NetGalley#08: “Trump’s Christmas Carol” by Lucien Young, Watt T. Dickens


This was a review copy kindly provided by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I read this book over the festive period of 2017 as, for me, it doesn’t seem quite right to read books “out of season”. Especially Christmas stories such as this.

As the title suggests, it follows the same plot as the Charles Dickens novel with the role of Ebenezer replaced by the 45th President of The United States, Mr Donald Trump. We have the familiar cast of ghosts – in this case Richard Nixon and Barrack Obama are among them – to show Trump how his behaviour affects those around him and, ultimately, Trump himself.

As a “comedy sketch” this book works well and is humorously done. The references to Trump’s mannerisms, flaws, and traits are comic and enjoyably written. I laughed along on more than one occasion and quite enjoyed the read. I suppose that one of the problems in using such a well loved and classic story as a basis for updating with current characters and events is that the reader is, most likely, already very familiar with the plot of the original.

Like the Dickens novel, this is a short story and very easy to dive into and scamper through. It was fun seeing how the author wove the original and the character of Trump together and, all in all, this was a very enjoyable read.

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