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#209884 - 03/02/13 04:02 PM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Tromboniator]
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I'm sorry to hear that, Trombo! I'll agree that some of his lengthy descriptive passages are tedious - fairly obviously written to fill up the pages for his latest episode to be pubilshed in the magazine that week - but I would advise that you 'skip read' those bits (there is sometimes important information contained within the descriptions!) The stories always come to a satisfactory end - now and again a bitmawkish, but that was Dickens satisfying his Victorian public. On the whole, and despite some stylistic deficiencies (from a modernist point of view!) he is a very fine writer and many of his ideas are as current today as they were then!
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#210212 - 04/02/13 07:54 AM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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I was force-fed David Copperfield, tried Great Expectations (twice) and never got past page 14. I was told repeatedly, "Oh, but you must read A Tale of Two Cities. It's different. You'll love it." Well, it wasn't, and I didn't. That's the one that flew. There were other attempts, but I've forgotten what they were. There's no doubt of his brilliance, but I just can't get past the style and, as you say, the mawkishness. My hopes are dimming for finding a Dickens I can appreciate.

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#210214 - 04/02/13 11:18 AM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8]
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that's what movies are for.

; )
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#210217 - 04/02/13 11:27 AM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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You took the words out of my mouth.
I have many of them on DVD.
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#210222 - 04/02/13 04:24 PM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Yeah, but that doesn't scratch the same itch.

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#210224 - 04/02/13 04:40 PM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Tromboniator]
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There is nodoubt that Dickens is a writer - like Marmite - that you either love or hate! My dear wife was of the same opinion as you, Peter, deapite allmy proletysing.
I'm sure that a Freudian Analysist would make something out of it, but then - they always do, don't they?
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#210227 - 04/02/13 06:08 PM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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I'm afraid I've never read Marmite ( whistle ), but perhaps here in the West we can learn to appreciate the wonders of the Yeast.

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#210242 - 04/04/13 11:22 AM Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8]
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heh
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