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Old November 13th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #1

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Paying Tribute to Charles Dickens


As one of the most influential English writers, Dickens gets my hats off. A Tale of Two Cities is my favorite of his books, and I wonder how he has touched people throughout the world.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #2

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Can't really say I like Dickens much, two cities wasn't bad but some of his other books are awful. Hard Times was spectacularly dull.

I also live in Rochester which is where he based many of his books, I even work in one of the buildings he mentions too. There's a Dicken's World in Chatham Dockyard too and every year people dress up in Rochester for the Dickens festival.

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The Victorian nerds have a field day.

One day I'll get a top hat...
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Dickens fan here. The power of his writing lies in the accuracy and influence of his socio-economic commentary.
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Much as I admire the man himself, how he managed to dig himself out of poverty and write about themes close to his heart such as social injustice, his writing style doesn't do it for me.

[quote EoR] Hard Times was spectacularly dull.
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Has anyone read any of his news articles? Was he effective there?
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I'm not a huge fan, I like the humour in his books, but not the rather cloying sentimentality, and most of his heroines are irritatingly insipid. Great Expectations is my favourite, Pip is more interesting than most of his heroes, and I love Wemmick and the Aged P.
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Can't really say I like Dickens much, two cities wasn't bad but some of his other books are awful. Hard Times was spectacularly dull.

I also live in Rochester which is where he based many of his books, I even work in one of the buildings he mentions too. There's a Dicken's World in Chatham Dockyard too and every year people dress up in Rochester for the Dickens festival.

Click the image to open in full size.

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The Victorian nerds have a field day.

One day I'll get a top hat...
No.2 son has a top hat. He wears it a lot, and gets admiring comments wherever he goes.
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Has anyone read any of his news articles?
Yes.

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Was he effective there?
Very.

I also recommend Sketches by Boz and American Notes.

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Drood.
^^ This. One of my favourite books. Dark, angry, evil, powerful and sexy, it completely overturns all the usual stereotypes about Dickens' work. I only wish he'd lived to complete it.
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