Yes, Mr Dickens would’ve been 200 years old earlier this week (Tuesday in fact – sorry I’m late!). I wonder what he would have thought of 2012 if he could take a peek? His books are gernerally believed to be just as relevant today as they were in Victorian times and he certainly invented some of the most memorable characters in literature. The often whimsical names are a work of art in themselves and instantly provide a snapshot of a character – Scrooge, Uriah Heep and Miss Havisham to name a very few.
The FE book club has chosen a Dickens to read this time around – Our Mutual Friend – his last completed novel (he died before finishing The Mystery of Edwin Drood). As with much of his work, this book focuses on, in the words of critic J. Hillis Miller, “money, money, money, and what money can make of life” so is very apt in our debt-ridden modern world.
Clocking in at nearly 800 pages, it is our biggest literary challenge yet. We’ve given ourselves a good few weeks to get there, so tune back in to find out how we got on!
What’s your favourite Dickens novel (or small/big screen production?!)?