A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens This blog was born of my interest - curiosity, really - about words and language.
I am an analyst first and foremost, with an emphasis on the architecture of information. This leads me down many paths, but primarily my overriding goal is to clarify; I find ways to simplify the complex, extract the essence of things, restate and restructure into more understandable terms.
This activity isn't limited to only written things, but this post is about the interpretation of written things.
He wrote fiction, to be sure, but fiction that was set against the background of the reality of the times in which he lived. One can learn a lot about what life was like for those who lived back then by reading Dickens' descriptions - descriptions of the sometimes squalid lives of the poor or common people of the first part of that century.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading some book or other, and I can't remember when I first discovered Charles Dickens. I remember studying David Copperfield as a requirement in school, but that wasn't the first. Like many others in this age of instant communication, I have fallen into the lazy trap of watching "books" in the cinema, or on TV.
After many times of watching it, one gets to almost be able to Piking a side in the misanthrope the dialog by heart. Although I watch it on TV every Christmas, in its many renditions, it has been years and years since I actually read the words Charles Dickens wrote.
I did dig it out the other day and began reading it, and was immediately reminded of how the movie versions don't do Dickens' writing justice. If you have been guilty of this lazy habit of watching instead of reading, I would recommend you pick up the book again.
What makes an author successful? We've talked about what makes certain books "classics," but, in my mind, it is almost totally the author's powers of description that make him good, great, or classically great.
Of course, one needs an interesting story to begin with, but the telling of that story will determine mediocrity or greatness, in my opinion.
Nobody describes better than Charles Dickens. Books written for children never interested me. Of course that meant I needed to always have a dictionary nearby, and it had to be used with nearly every paragraph. Today, I am older and perhaps even wiser, but I still need my dictionary when I read Dickens.
We all know the story of Dickens' A Christmas Carol by heart. It is the story of the meaning of Christmas and how an old man lost his way by forgetting what life is really all about. And then, as Paul Simon might say, he was given another shot at redemption.
To watch the old story unfold on TV is one thing.
But to read Dickens describe the story, well Part of the reason I still need my dictionary to read Dickens in the flesh is because the story was written a long time ago and people spoke differently in the 19th century. Another reason is because Dickens was British and used British phrases and idioms, some foreign to an American eye.
But, mainly, I need a dictionary because Dickens' vocabulary is simply so much more extensive than mine.
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