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June 27, 2010

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I went through a Dickens splurge twelve years ago and read half his novels in a month. You've inspired me to think about reading the other half of them now.

This is fascinating to me. I read two of his novels for classes, David Copperfield and Great Expectations and I loved them. I watched the GE movies (series too?) and then I really loved the (?)BBC miniseries for Our Mutual Friend. I'd love to read more Dickens novels and re-read those I've read, but I don't think I'd like to read the obscure works. There's too many other books that I still want/need to read in life (I wanted to read the Russian classics, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, never read them -- have you?).

Ok, ok. I'll bite. I'm going to put the Dickens novels on my list of Things To Do right now. Any advice on where to start and the sequence I should follow? Or should I just do it chronologically?

I may finish reading all of Jane Austen first, though.

I don't think it's pretentious at all - just a way to experience learning more about the world through someone else's eyes. You now know Dickens' view very well :) I have goals for Dostoyvsky and Joyce, but you're inspiring me to reconsider Dickens (an entire semester in high school on A Tale of Two Cities nearly did me in, though now I can hardly remember the plot). Congrats on achieving your goal!

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