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 Post subject: David Copperfied - Dickens
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:29 pm 
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This is my third Dickens novel (Oliver Twist and Great Expectations) and so far my favorite.
I really liked the others but this one is just beautifully written.

Amazed that my schooling never introduced me to his books. The tripe we read instead.


Not very far into the book but it's a long one.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:40 pm 
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Have you read 'A Christmas Carole'? If not, put that book down and read 'A Christmas Carole' instead, it is Dicken's greatest work and one of the greatest books ever written, and now is the time to read it, during the Christmas season.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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Yes, that was an auto incorrect. I just finished my annual reading today. At this point, I practically have the entire book memorized. I have read it so many times and know it so well that when I watch one of the umpteen movie adaptations, I immediately recognize the slightest difference. Surprisingly, most adaptations are smart enough to keep the original dialogue, often quoting entire portions verbatim.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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Yes, that was an auto incorrect. I just finished my annual reading today. At this point, I practically have the entire book memorized. I have read it so many times and know it so well that when I watch one of the umpteen movie adaptations, I immediately recognize the slightest difference. Surprisingly, most adaptations are smart enough to keep the original dialogue, often quoting entire portions verbatim.

If only The Lord of the Rings had been treated with similar respect!

I can't think of a single adaptation of A Christmas Carol where Scrooge invites Cratchit for a "Christmas bowl of smoking bishop," though. I think the George C. Scott version comes the closest.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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I like A Christmas Carol, but I disagree that this is the time to read it. The time to read it would be the 24th. It's not long. Or if you're sure it'll take two nights to read it, start the 23rd. Depending on how fast you read, that will likely leave time to read David Copperfield first.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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I can't think of a single adaptation of A Christmas Carol where Scrooge invites Cratchit for a "Christmas bowl of smoking bishop," though. I think the George C. Scott version comes the closest.



Obviously, they can't include every line or else it would require at least 6-8 hours to tell the story, and as much as I love this story, even I don't want to see it given the 'Hobbit' treatment.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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I like A Christmas Carol, but I disagree that this is the time to read it. The time to read it would be the 24th. It's not long. Or if you're sure it'll take two nights to read it, start the 23rd. Depending on how fast you read, that will likely leave time to read David Copperfield first.


But who says it can only be read once? Read it every day between now and Christmas!

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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Doom wrote:
Have you read 'A Christmas Carole'? If not, put that book down and read 'A Christmas Carole' instead, it is Dicken's greatest work and one of the greatest books ever written, and now is the time to read it, during the Christmas season.


Thanks for the suggestion, Doom.

I was never really interested in reading this because I had seen so many movies that had done it and didn't think I would get much more from reading it; how wrong I was. (Mind you, I've just started reading Dickens about 2 years ago).
Nothing in any movie I saw compares to actually reading it... now that I'm reading it and over a half way through.

There is one upsetting thing though.... I liked Bill Murray's Scrooged as a comedy. But in reading the book I have a hard time thinking of that movie as little more than the vulgarist of copies and so badly missing the mark as to making the film pointless.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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You actually took my advice? Wow, I'm honored. A Christmas Carol is a truly great book, every time I read it I have to resist the temptation to go back to the beginning and read it again.

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gherkin wrote:
I like A Christmas Carol, but I disagree that this is the time to read it. The time to read it would be the 24th. It's not long. Or if you're sure it'll take two nights to read it, start the 23rd. Depending on how fast you read, that will likely leave time to read David Copperfield first.

I read it to my kids over Christmas - just finished it last night. Typically we read "A Child's Christmas in Wales" on Christmas Eve.

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 Post subject: Re: David Copperfied - Dickens
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David Copperfield (unabridged) is loooooooong.

Things must have been different in the 19th century, because women keep swooning into a full on faint.

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