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Reading The Old Curiosity Shop

August 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Like most of Dickens that I’ve read this year, the characters are now as real as people in my past to me. The guy could write. And naming a character Dick Swivveler is awesome. But I grew angry at the book. The central villain is supposed to be Quilp. And he’s awful and wonderful to […]

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Thoughts on David Cooperfield

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments

I enjoyed almost all of the 357,000 or so words of David Cooperfield. Overly long? Possibly. In places. Possibly it’s just immersive. I was sad when I finished it and regretted never having read it before. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t mature enough to read it. Or patient enough. Usually, I stick with short, […]

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Thoughts on Oliver Twist

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film adaptation of Oliver Twist. So I assumed it was about a poor orphan making good int he work. But I was wrong. What Oliver Twist, the novel, is is a crime novel. Oliver Twist, the character, just serves as the McGuffin for the story of the London […]

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Thoughts on A Tale of Two Cities

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments

So I have been fearful of Dickens. At some point I tried him and became intimidated. Then a couple Christmases again I read the Carol and this year decided that if I could do Tolkien and Austen, I could do Dickens. Am was pleasantly surprised. I started A Tale in December thinking I’d just wet […]

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Thoughts on Northanger Abbey

December 30th, 2016 · No Comments

By the time I started Northanger Abbey, I was done with Austen. Having read five novels in 2016, her insular, unimaginative world was reaching claustophobic proportions for me. That’s why I was surprised that Northanger Abbey became one of my favorite novels. Supposedly written before the others maybe it was youthful energy that drive me […]

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Thoughts on Jane Austen’s Persuasion

November 18th, 2016 · No Comments

I’m having a heck of a time giving a good gosh darn about any of her characters. Austen wrote about what she knew, I guess. But what she knew is just so boring. Didn’t she desire to know more? Like her servant’s names? She also seems to lack anything close to empathy for anyone other […]

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Thoughts on Emma

October 6th, 2016 · No Comments

At least I finished Emma. There were times when I had doubts if I would. As the novel crossed the 100,000 word mark and I still had 50,000 to go, I really had to buckle down. Emma is a busybody who disrupts people’s lives but rarely her own. After those 150,000 words, the 20-year old […]

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Thoughts on Pride and Prejudice

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll admit to having trouble with this one. While S&S seems to be about two likable people overcoming their nature to find love. Their nature being common traits of youth or…just common. P&P’s main characters don’t seem all that likable. It’s the story of a pain in the neck chick and a emotionally detached (is […]

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Sense and Sensibility

January 28th, 2016 · No Comments

My politics tend to lean libertarian/anarcho-capitalist but when I watch Downton Abbey I want to get my Bernie Sanders on real bad and hang the Crowley family. The same goes for the characters in Sense and Sensibility. That doesn’t bode well for my 2016 reading goal of working my way through all of Miss Austen’s […]

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2015 Reading Goal – The Old Testament

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

When I was young, my grandfather told me he had read the Bible cover to cover when he was young. I was impressed by that and had a desire to do it myself. But never did. I mean. It’s the Bible. Who wants to read that for pleasure? Finally, in 2015, I did. And not […]

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