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?