“This may not be good fiction as the arty sophisticates see it; it may be fully as maudlin as they may deem it to be;
the fact is, it contains the core of truth.” -John Cournos (in the 1951 ed. Intro)
SO GOOD! I do like Dickens even if I rarely go out of my way to read any of his stuff. I think his books are a fun ride every so often.
I won’t even try to summarize the nutty plot but it was full of crazy bit characters and some over-the-top stereotyped characters and all the in-between characters who were my favorite amusements — Smallweed and Mr. Vholes were delightfully oddball. But my favorite characterization of them all was how refined and elegantly bored was Lady Dedlock.
And, of course, I am most pleased to be able to tell people that I named my dog Esther after a Dickens’ character! (I didn’t really; she was already named when we found her.)
Four slices of pie. “Gosh,” you may inquire, “What KIND of pie?” and I’ve really been thinking hard on this question because I do not know. I scarce can decide, but perhaps, I best choose a multi-fruity pie like a Winter Pie of Cranberry, Apricot, Apple and Pear. With a crumb topping, no doubt.
#Bleakalong on Twitter, much fun as always. Thank you my fellow readers and tweeters!
Get ready for February’s #ShineOn when we tackle Stephen King’s The Shining! and some classic surprise is up for March but I’m not sure which because my memory is faulty – whichever book it was that Joey put in the freezer.