Thursday, November 06, 2008


The NYPL newsletter turned up this enticing news this morning: “Out of the Blacking Factory: Charles Dickens at the New York Public Library” on Thursday, November 14th. Since I will be slithering off to CrimeBake then, I was glad to see it will be offered again on 12/10/2008 and 1/16/2009.

It takes me about a year to read a Charles Dickens novel what with starting and stopping to read all this other stuff I've got, but it's always worth the investment of time. Guess I better go get Dombey & Son since it's one I haven't read!


Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

I really enjoyed reading David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. Dickens is one of my fave British authors (although a lot of people don't like his stuff).

I saw two years ago on BBC News that there will be a planned Charles Dickens amusement park somewhere in southern England. I haven't heard anything else about it since.

Jonathan E. Quist said...

I had read a few of his works, and was convinced he was good, but a slow starter. So my wife handed me "Great Expectations", and I expected the same slow start - until Magwitch popped up in the third paragraph...

The first time I read it, I jumped.

Time to start blocking out a couple evenings for my annual read of "A Christmas Carol".

spyscribbler said...

Have you been to They have free books, including all of Dickens for the Kindle! I downloaded about 250 books onto my Kindle from there, a bunch of classics I've never read and/or haven't read in years.

I relish in Dickens. There were quite a few Dickens novels and stories I was completely clueless about, though.

Jonathan E. Quist said...

I haven't been to Feedbooks, but all of Dickens is available on the Project Gutenberg web site, along with 25,000 other free books.

The Gutenberg collection was transcribed from public domain literature by many thousands of volunteers.

freddie said...

Dickens is one of my faves. Bleak House is one of the finest novels I've ever read.

It's not just the great writing or the great characters, though. It's his dry, sneak-up-on-you, acerbic wit that really does it for me.

Janet Reid said...

Yo SpyScribbler, and JQ,

Excellent info, and thanks!
I went to Feedbooks and downloaded the book the NYPL blogger mentioned: Dombey and Son.

Now, if I could just download the time needed to read it!

Thanks for this great info!!