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It's the tenth!

Once a month book_memes demands to know what are you reading?

What book are you currently reading?
How far in are you?
What's it about?
Are you enjoying it?

[my answers in comments]


Aug. 10th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
Bleak House by Charles Dickens

How far in are you?
Almost through - about 50 pages left

What's it about?
A court-case, a murder and the fate of the people involved in both

Are you enjoying it?
Enormously. Dickens is both sentimental and brutal, outraged and wry... and the entire book (all 900+ pages) is packed with character. What I thought was going to be a challenging read has actually been a real pleasure. More Dickens, plz.
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Aug. 10th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Fog and documents. Dickens is awesome

Yes, yes and yes.

Aug. 10th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, Bleak House is one of those I always thought I *should* read, but given it's length and the fact that my period of study is about 250 years earlier, I haven't gotten around to it. I've enjoyed the Dickens that I have read though.

Maybe I'll have to rotate this one up a bit in my TBR pile.

Also, have you seen the ep of You Have Been Watching where David Mitchell and Charlie Brooker do imitations of Dickens? Highly recommend.
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oooh, rotate! I haven't enjoyed any other Dickens this much; I'm either chuckling or suppressing a sob at every other chapter. It's pure story :)

*makes a note of watching thing* :::smishes:::
Aug. 10th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I will rotate! Yes ma'am!

In the meantime, the relevant bit starts at 2 min in, but honestly, the whole first half of the episode is worth watching because David Mitchell is on FIRE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2d6fDjSuMs&feature=related

*huggles and smishes*
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Tease! That link goes nowhere relevant!
Aug. 11th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
That's so random! I clicked on it on the email for your last comment and it took me there. WEIRD. I'm sorry
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
LOL, np, it just sends me to a 'catch up on your latest tellybox' page, with no You Have Been Watching episode listed. Perhaps you were logged in or somesuch tricky device?
Aug. 12th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Try this one:

I logged out of youtube, so it should be general access
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Now I really loved Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities (I've been dipping in and out of David Copperfield for years and I enjoy that too): Bleak House sounds very interesting. Would you recommend it?
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I would utterly recommend it; it's very long, so you might find it becomes another 'dipper', but I don't think so because it's so much fun to read. Honestly, I've finally realised why people make such a fuss about Dickens.
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't think I would ever find people who like Bleak House as much as I do. It will always be my favorite Dickens novel. (David Copperfield is in close second.)

I think I'll have to re-read Bleak House now. 8)
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hee, I finished it this afternoon - ain't it awesome? Definitely one to reread in the future, because there was so much to it. I was expecting angst and unlikeable characters (I'm looking at you, Great Expectations, Joe Gargery notwithstanding) and instead it's just ... delightful.
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
It really is an amazing novel. I wish I could remember more of it, though. I read it when I was a teenager and trying to survive high school. It took me eight months just to get through the whole 900+ pages.

I, too, didn't expect I would enjoy it as much as I did. I read A Tale of Two Cities in 10th grade and enjoyed it, but I was still weary of Dickens. After Bleak House, though, he became one of my favorite authors. He is a master of words, and (most of) his characters are fascinating.