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RobinPresley’s last login was Monday, May 30, 2011.
I hope you will take the time to view my YouTube book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-t0K34iU6g. I am doing some research about potential characters to play the lead role in the upcoming movie. Hope you can help me out. As Ralph Eggleston Director/Production Designer of Pixar Animation Studios said,
"I LOVED the book! It's a missing, ENDLESSLY fascinating link to the history of Hollywood. Thank you for researching and writing it!! I hope it's been widely well received, as it deserves to be." Best wishes. Gaelyn
Re: Dickens. I have learned two things from school mishaps in reading. 1. Abridged works are always horrific serial slayings of the original. If even the original editor was capable of seeing it, the abridging editor is almost certainly performing an Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom heart removing ritual on the poor thing. 2. Read PickWick Papers. Dickens will suddenly seem alright. no, really. *offers up the koolaid*
Thanks for your note, Robin. When people tell me they don't like Dickens, I always ask what they've read. And the answer is usually, "nothing." I think folks might find him intimidating, much like Shakespeare, or worse than that, someone has force fed them either writer in middle or high school. So much of Dickens's writing (especially Great Expectations) is about perspective that it seems almost unfair to ask young people to read it. I find the same thing goes with the Romantics, whom I also love.
Oddly, you're the third person in just as many days to tell me you're reading The Road. I just put down Tina Brown's new biography of Princess Diana. It was an utter piece of trash. No one one earth could possibly be as horrible as Brown paints the princess (except maybe Tina Brown).
I'm on a Barbara Pym phase right now. I'm about to start An Unsuitable Attachment.
Ah, a Dickens fan and a fellow academic! Looking forward to "talking" to you some more!
You have great books on your shelf! I like your picture too - reminds me of the artist Josephine Wall. I thought that you might want to join a budding discussion group based around "The Vagina Monologues". http://www.shelfari.com/ClubBooks.aspx?ClubId=10072 should get you there :-)