30 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

My book club made me do it. A group of friends and I started a book club several years ago and we have this tradition of always reading a holiday book for December. Sometimes they are very very bad (holiday vampire romance anyone? cat books?) and sometimes they are very very good (Christopher Moore FTW!) and others are just so-so. This definitely fell in the so-so category for me. It was simply too long and there were too many moments where I found myself asking “really?”.

Having said that, I really did like the premise and I really liked that it stayed true to the various versions of Santa Claus throughout the ages/locations. For the most part, it was quite a bit of fun. It got really too bogged down in the middle with too many historical figures for me as well as the meandering pace it took on. I think a lot of that could have been pared down for sanity sake.

Definitely worth a read for a book club though. We had fun with it. If you are history buff, you’d probably really like it as well. Me? I’d read it again, if someone paid me or had me a gun point. That’s about it. 🙂

This enchanting Christmas Chronicles classic combines solid historical fact with glorious legend to deliver the definitive story of Santa Claus. For anyone who has ever wondered…you’re right to believe in him!In “The Autobiography of Santa Claus”, Santa reveals his story for the first time. Nicholas (his real name) was born in the Middle Eastern country of Lycia to wealthy parents who died when he was young. The kind people of Lycia taught him the lessons of goodness and generosity, which he began to practice as a child by sharing his wealth with those in need. As a young man, Nicholas realised that this generosity had bestowed upon him special abilities to distribute his presents to deserving children everywhere. And so it was that Santa broadened his gift-giving and spread his message to many others who also valued his belief in the goodness of giving. Families will delight in each chapter of this Christmas classic – one per each cold December night leading up to Christmas! And who is better to lead us through seventeen centuries of Christmas magic than good ol’ Saint Nick himself?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2010: 98

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