REVIEW: Trump's Christmas Carol, Lucien Young

Monday, 25 December 2017

President Ebenezer Trump, a rich old fool whose heart is as small as his hands and whose words are as false as his hair, sits shut up alone in the White House on Christmas Eve. But he is confronted that night by the ghost of Richard Nixon, who warns him that he will be visited by three spirits, all intent on changing his imprudent and miserly ways.
He meets the jovial Ghost of Christmas Past, Bill Clinton, full of fun tales and memories; the spirit who everyone wishes was still the Ghost of Christmas Present, Barack Obama; and the terrifying Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who shows him how abolishing Obamacare will finish off Tiny Tim.
But will Trump heed their advice, and become a good person?

I think sometimes you need to laugh or else you’ll cry, and when it comes to Donald Trump, I have found this sentiment more and more applicable as his presidency continues. The speeches and the tweets and the mind-your-own-business messages directed at the British Prime Minister and you really have a never-ending conveyor belt of comedy goal… Although my one worry is that he is truly a faux affably evil figure and that, like the future the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows, the world really is going to end up in tatters thanks to his leadership… But those kind of spiralling and frankly terrifying thoughts are reasons why this book is so damn useful.
Laugh at the fool, don’t fear him!
A little over 100 pages, this book is a quick and easy-to-read reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic and one which is perfect to shove into any stocking of a like-minded friend or family member. It includes little caricatured drawings and just enough humour to get you sniggering, although I feel as though some of it didn’t come off of as witty as it intended (but it doesn’t pretend or intend to be a literary marvel so my criticism of that stays here). And, most weird of all, it is ridiculous how applicable the story of Ebenzer Scrooge is two hundred or so years later - I like to pretend that we’re getting nicer but we’re really not, aren’t we?
Santa, for my one wish this Christmas, can you finally impeach the buffoon? 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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