Reading my second Dickens novel. Oi! It is a big book – 993 pages in the edition I am reading and I am a s l o w reader. I found the first two chapters almost impenetrable. At page 235, I am enjoying it very much. He creates such wonderful characters and can take you right to a place with all it’s grime and filth and suffering.
Here is one of my favorite lines so far,
“There is something decidedly keen and wan about her anatomy; and she has a watchful way of looking out of the corner of her eyes without turning her head, which could be pleasantly dispensed with – especially when she is in an ill humour and near knives”.
Favourite (because they are so deliciously awful) characters so far – Mr Turveydrop Snr & Mrs Pardiggle
I was excited to see that our local PBS channel was showing “Great Expectations”. It was so disappointingly one-dimensional after all that pithy prose. Understandably (for tv) half the characters and 9/10th of the action was done away with, just leaving the bare bones of the story, which I might be quite happy with, if I hadn’t just read the book. And the characters didn’t look like they did in my head at all!