Great expectations may take quite some time to be realised

Tuesday, 21 February, 2012

A number of novels written by English author Charles Dickens, that are among his best known titles today including “Great Expectations”, “A Christmas Tale”, and “A Tale of Two Cities”, fared very poorly when first published, likely selling not much more than 100,000 copies cumulatively up until his death in 1870.

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Rehabilitating the hard, but fair, miser that was Ebenezer Scrooge

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

Ebenezer Scrooge, the mean spirited protagonist of English writer Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol, may, just may, have been a little more altruistic than we perceived him to be:

Scrooge has been called ungenerous. I say that’s a bum rap. What could be more generous than keeping your lamps unlit and your plate unfilled, leaving more fuel for others to burn and more food for others to eat? Who is a more benevolent neighbor than the man who employs no servants, freeing them to wait on someone else?

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Why the dickens are we still reading Charles Dickens books?

Monday, 5 October, 2009

Why are the books of Charles Dickens still part of many of today’s school curriculums, almost 140 years after he died?

These are all wonderful reasons to read Dickens. But these are not exactly the reasons why I read Dickens. My search for an answer continued but never with success, until one year the little flicker came – not surprisingly – from another high school student, whose essay I was reviewing for a writing contest. “We need to read Dickens’ novels,” she wrote, “because they tell us, in the grandest way possible, why we are what we are.”

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