Book Sampler Idea: Charles Dickens
I think that a book sampler of Dickens' novels would make a wonderful addition. Dickens creates some of the most memorable characters. A book sampler would be a way to be introduced to or renew acquaintance with them.
This would be very helpful, I agree. Dickens is not to be missed, however the sheer volume of his work can put some off. So a sampler would be perfect.
Aug 24, 2009 1:02 pm
I'm not sure how you could "sample" any of Dickens novels, or his characters. I recently read "Great Expectations" and loved it. He is a master at the art of not coming out directly with a description or observation, and making you think about it for awhile......eventually saying to yourself "oh yea, that's what he means". This is much better than a direct statement. But, all that verbiage takes time.
After reading the book, I got the movie, and was disappointed when Joe's wife so unceremoniously died off in the beginning. I guess there's not enough time to include all that the book has to offer. Everything else in the movie was done very well. I'm not finished watching the DVD yet, but am looking forward to it.
Aug 26, 2009 7:50 am
I see your point, perhaps first sentences or openings since Dickens has some of the most famous ones. It would be a challenge to do it well.
Aug 26, 2009 11:26 am
Interesting ideas. Would either of you be interested in creating a Dickens book sampler for DailyLit readers?
Aug 27, 2009 7:49 am
by MaggieH (admin)
Charles Dickens published his novels in a serialized form; they were written in monthly or weekly "installments" (yes, just like Daily Lit) in journals. Installments ended with a "cliffhanger" to make the readers eagerly anticipate the next installment.
I think that using Dickens' own installments would be a great way to create a book sampler, perhaps the first installment of each novel. Of course, no sampler would be able to do justice to the genius of Dickens. But the "cliffhanger" endings would hopefully inspire readers to pick up and read an entire novel of Dickens.
Aug 27, 2009 11:17 am
I am currently reading Great Expectations and find that i agree with some of the earlier posts: a sample would not bring justice to this literature. However, character profiles could actually be incredibly useful in acquainting someone with Dicken's works.
Sep 6, 2009 3:41 pm