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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Jan 17, 2012

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bookshelves: classics, read-in-2012, literature
Read in January, 2012 , read count: 2

I had forgotten a lot in the years since the last time I read this book, and now I am reading it to understand what I can about character depiction and story construction. A lot of it is not to modern tastes, I can see now, but it is good to see how Dickens contrives to create such well-loved characters out of what are to all appearances unlikeable people, setting them in a narrative which is simply crazy.

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message 1: by Janet (new)

Janet I heard a feature on NPR about Dickens on his 200th birthday. You know that many of his works were serialized, of course. He put together his stories while on long walks, came home, wrote them down, and sent in his first drafts for publication. What we see as books is actually a collection of first draft serial chapters. Viewed in that light, they are amazing works.

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