Dickens

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
Remember when I started reading hard times and was instantly convinced it was the best book I'd ever read? Then stopped reading it immediately
 

luka

Well-known member
yeah you do that a lot. its a good sign. you just need to build up your stamina. me too. work in progress.
 

jenks

thread death
Wemmick is a great character. His two sides seemingly at odds with each other - the letterbox mouth, portable property, the silent witness to Jaggers and then his castle and the Aged and his slow snaking arm. I think GE is his masterpiece. I’m currently re-Reading Dorritt - it doesn’t have the bounce of Copperfield but it’s got a heart of darkness.
 

luka

Well-known member
David Copperfield is better than Great Expectations. I think I will do Pickwick's Papers next.
 

jenks

thread death
David Copperfield is better than Great Expectations. I think I will do Pickwick's Papers next.
No. I don’t think it is and certainly not for me. In many ways DC is an idealisation of becoming whilst GE is a novel about losing an identity - becoming unmoored and ashamed of oneself. That I think has a far greater depth for me. I love DC but David himself is not the most interesting character in there whereas I think Pip is interesting. I think I said earlier that in some ways GE is the dark obverse of DC. There’s not many novels I have read as often as GE - whatever it’s got works for me
 

jenks

thread death
Be interested in what you make of PP as it’s a decidedly odd book. Someone once argued that all the future novels can be traced in some way back to it - like seedbed he returns to take cuttings from to graft and grow. (If that’s how seedbeds work?)
 

jenks

thread death
Started The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. I really liked ho Becoming Dickens and he does a similar thing here - zooming in on one key year to bring out major themes and ideas. I suppose it’s like the James Shapiro approach to Shakespeare, bringing the subject into sharp focus at a particular time and thus raising them out of the well worn conventional biographies. This one is the year of Bleak House which is the start of a run of unbeatable Dickens novels
 
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