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Dickens has us down pat

Since I began to read Dickens once again -- with the Inimitable-Boz Yahoo reading group (and a couple of years before due to my studying film adaptations, of which there are many Dickens ones) -- since I returned to Dickens, I say, I am aware of how he hits indirectly into his readers' lives -- or selves. A joke today. I won't say what was the occasion but I turned round to the admiral and said, "you are always floppin' 'agin me." I meant it and was irritated, had been thwarted by him, but the Dickens' language enabled me to turn what I said into a half-joke. The admiral (who got my meaning perfectly): "No I don't. I avoid flopping."

Sylvia

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misssylviadrake
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Camille: I am currently reading "Little Dorritt".

Diane: Reading Dickens with my ears while I walk. "Little Dorrit" is wonderful. I am starting "Edwin Drood" next. I was amazed in "Bleak House" how he captured dementia of a type I see all the time.

Me: Is it Anthony Fergusson you have reading it? (I have that one as an MP3.) Or Simon Vance? or someone else?

Kevin: Bleak House--my current audio book. Wonderful (as a grown-up) to have somebody reading to my as I drive cross country, again and again.

Me: When I was frequently in my car I'd listen and listen. I've heard many books this way. I'm ever looking for advice on good readers. David Case and Donada Peters (they have other names) are among my favorite readers.
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