Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Charles Dickens Month -- Post the Second
I haven't read as much of Our Mutual Friend as I would like I'm on page 134 (and let me remind you it is over 800 pages long) and I am enjoying the story so far. My problem is that a Charles Dickens is not an "on the go" type of book. Dipping into it while on break at work, or in line, or while dinner is cooking isn't advisable. One must plunge head first into a Dickens tome and expect to put down roots. Atticus was ill this weekend with an ear infection (a temperature of over 102!) and I didn't have much time to get lost in Dickensian settings. But this week will be different. I'm determined to get a solid chunk read by next Tuesday.
I don't even know how to explain the plot to you thus far. I've been introduced to a bevy of characters: Noddy and his wife who adores Fashion have recently seen their place in society lifted due to an unexpected inheritance, the Wilfer family who have been disappointed in some finances they hoped to gain by their daughter's marriage, the Mr. and Mrs. Lammle who I believe are up to no good and a bevy of others in society -- low and high -- and they will all figure in the plot in some fashion. I'm expecting money will truly be the root of all evil in this book.
Monday evening I began watching the Daniel Radcliffe version of David Copperfield with Hope. We just finished the first episode and it is quite good. I haven't read the book since high school, but it is all coming back to me. I love Maggie Smith's spunk as David Copperfield's aunt and Hope was tickled that "so many Harry Potter" folks were in the film. We actually had a "teachable moment" while watching. Hope was asking about the mistreatment of David Copperfield. The idea of being flogged for not knowing lessons horrified her and she was also concerned when we discussed child labor and the Industrial Revolution. She really liked the film and wants to read the book one day (her ADHD can make large books quite a challenge to read). Oh, yeah, I also forgot how slimy and creepy Uriah Heep is... shudder....
I keep telling myself quality not quantity... I hope you all have a terrific week.