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Poll Question: what is your favourite book of him and which would you recomend
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    Posted: October 03 2013 at 03:36
I am curious, im in the midle of Great Expectation and i find it realy intriguing and exieting to read Dickens words and character building,, he creates some wodnerous and characters, that sticks to your mind, like a Roald Dahl or Shakespreare character, and I can see were Roald Dahl AND JK Rowling picks some ideas or themes from, mr Dickens himslef. So i find Great Expectation to be really good so far, I have been recomended Hard Times afterwards and it is said to be his greatest novel, but what else,
 
I have probably seen 3 or four addaptions of A Christmas Carrol, and some series about Oliver Twist and David Copperfield.
 
Sorry for the norwegian titles, i have edited them to english, and sorry if i have left out something which you find to be missing.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 03 2013 at 07:28
so which books by Dickens have you read or which movies or series have you seen. or any other ways you have been in contact with his works
 
is their prog albums or songs inspired by his work?
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Chose David Copperfield but Great Expectations , Bleak House , and Tale of 2 Cities are all great.
 
Supposedly Copperfield was Dickens personal favorite.
 
 
 
 
 
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A Tale of Two Cities. I remember reading it for school purposes and it was actually one of the few novels that I was pleased to read. So much drivel teachers want you to read - this was quite the opposite.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 03 2013 at 09:47
it looks intriguing to me as well, but i might take Hard Times after Great Expectations, heard lot of raved reviews of it by fellow students
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If someone asked me to recommend a Dickens book, I'd recommend one of the thick ones: it  can be used as a nice paperweight for the desk, or a defensive weapon should you find yourself in need of a dull, blunt object. Then I'd recommend reading other Victorian-era writers like the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy... Making kids read Dickens should be considered a form of torture, and has turned generations of people off literature altogether.

Having said that, I'll go with Christmas Carol, because it's short and has ghosts and there's been some decent films made out of it.

The first paragraph of Oliver Twist should be a lesson on how *not* to write:

"Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter."

Translation: Among the nameless buildings in a nameless town, there was a workhouse where Oliver Twist was born. LOLLOL


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The Pickwick Papers. There are some wonderful characters in there. LOL
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I've read Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and David Copperfield of Dickens. All are great, but I most enjoyed Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.
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I like David Copperfield.
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Hard Times is one of my favourite novels
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ACC of the ones I know.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2013 at 13:42
Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

ACC of the ones I know.
 
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