I heartily recommend everyone read Christmas books by Dickens

The stories are all powered by theme of redeeming memories- the good, the bad, and the ugly memories- with A Christmas Carol being the shining example (the rest of the stories being in the same league, though, especially The Haunted Man). That the reformation of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Redlaw in the Haunted Man is truly the difference between life in death is lost or not fully appreciated by many readers- a deathly horrifying shackled experience for Scrooge and a zombielike experience for Redlaw, or the joy and freedom of a life lived to the fullest. 

Shakespeare’s winter tale is the same: they’re stories about coming back from the dead

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