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Done with Dickens

November 24th, 2017 · No Comments

I’m feeling a bit done with Dickens so I’m calling my 2017 reading project complete. I was feeling like I was coming up short then I did a bit word count math.

Great Expectations, 186,339 words
The Old Curiosity Shop 327,727 words
David Cooperfield 357,489 words
Oliver Twist 158,631 words
Tale of Two Cities 137,000 words

That’s 1,167,186 words…not including the partially read Our Mutual Friend and The Cricket on the Hearth.

I hate measuring by word count but I do think it’s a stat that helps give myself a bit of break.

So, good bye Mr. Dickens. At least for now. In 2016 I was intimidated by you. I was intimidated by your length and language and anachronisms.

But no more. I’m a fan – of your verbose style, your complicated plots and, mostly, your characters.

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