2/7/12

What the Dickens?

You know I have to point out anything "cool" that has to do with books, or in this case a famous author. Today is Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday (not that he would ever have lived to be 200, but you get the point). I think Google does something brilliant with their logo to mark any notable occasion, and today's is fantastic!


In addition, the Google Books team has put together a FREE eBook library of his works for you to download. Go check them out here.

And if you don't already have "Dickensian Fever" you just might soon when the new BBC Drama, Great Expectations, begins in April. Gillian Anderson plays the iconic literary character, Miss Havisham. I must admit, I haven't ever read this book, but I plan to this year...maybe as an audio.

My favorite Dickens story is A Christmas Carol, but Oliver Twist comes in a close second. Some of his writing is a bit difficult to get through, but there's no doubting why he's considered such a great writer. And to think of the subject matter he wrote about, during the time. He was one of the first to really put the abject poverty so many people were living in, right in the face of the privileged who were the only ones who would have been able to read it (very few people could read).

Have any of you read much Charles Dickens? If so, what did you think?

CGM

11 comments:

  1. I loved Great Expectations. I'm listening to Bleak House on and off, but it is complicated, and I find myself relistening to certain passages to help keep the characters straight. I think it might be easier to read Bleak House than to listen to it. His characters are so extreme sometimes, they make me laugh.

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    1. Bleak House is also a BBC drama! (I'm a bit obsessed with them, can you tell? lol) just the title always made me say "pass" to this one though - I didn't want to read anything bleak. But yes, he writes some very interesting and memorable characters.

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  2. Tale of Two Cities was the most accessible for me. I remember reading it in high school and sobbing at the end. It was so heroic - at least for a teenager! Great Expectations was also a high school read and without my English teacher I am not sure I would have gotten through it. There were so many characters. I do remember the chart we made of them. The movie coming out with Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Haversham has costumes I am so looking forward to seeing. And they got the age right for Miss Haversham. She wasn't nearly as old as the early movies portrayed her.

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    1. I read Tale of Two Cities in high school and remember crying at the end too!

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  3. I haven't read a lot of Dickens, but I love Oliver Twist!

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    1. "Please Sir, I want some more." The saddest line ever, but response is the funniest in a twisted way, lol.

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  4. I haven't read a lot of Dickens, but I love Oliver Twist!

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  5. Thanks so much for this tip. I've downloaded several. Loved A Tale of Two Cities.

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  6. I love Dickens. I am currently watching Bleak House on netflix, (with Gillian Anderson) I think my favourite Dickens novel is David Copperfield.

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  7. It's really hard to pick a favorite, but A CHRISTMAS CAROL just edges out A TALE OF TWO CITIES by a nose.

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  8. I must confess that Dickens is not a real fave of mine. I loved A Tale of Two Cities and was modeately fond of Oliver Twist. We read Great Expectations in high school and I really did not like it. I have also read David Copperfield without much enjoyment. For my taste, Dickens writing is a bit ponderous to get through. Give me some Austen or Shakespeare. (Maybe I appreciate the humor of those two authors.)

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