09 March 2012

Great Expectations

Last month saw the marking of Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday.
An unusual celebration I'm sure but one that sparked a flurry of discussion around this most famous author.
I have to confess that I've started many a Dickens title but never managed to get further than the first chapter.
I'd hoped that perhaps this might be the year that I bridged this gap.

My interest was piqued when I saw "Great Expectations" pop up as a new mini-series on ABC tv.


As you know, I'm not a fan of seeing a movie or tv series prior to reading a book, and as I've not read this one I was in two minds, but with an hour to spare I decided to make an exception.
I've just finished watching the first episode and what a rich gift of dark and devilish characters and all sorts of possibilities unfolded before me.

If you'd like to take a peek, click here [not sure if the link will work beyond Aussie shores] and let me know what you think.  I adored the opening sequence, I'm sure you'll see why.

Happy weekend, I hope that the days unfold wonderfully and more than exceed your expectations.

33 comments:

  1. Dickens needs to be read slowly, the words rolled around in your mind and kept close.
    My aunt, who gave me A Tale of Two Cities when I was 14, said imagine you have never seen or read a book before and then open the first page and start. and then you read....
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief...and I can't remember the rest but that has to be amongst the world's best opening words!!!!
    Sorry didn't mean to lecture but Oh how I love Dickens!!!!
    Felicity you could well come to regret inviting me on board your literary ride!!!!! Jules xx

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    1. I could never regret having you on board Jules and I thank you for sharing this wisdom so generously - it's a gift my friend and I have to go to the library tomorrow and get "A Tale of Two Cities".
      You're right it would have to be amongst the world's best and most often quoted opening words.

      Happy weekend!

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  2. I can't say it better than Jules. That's exactly how I feel. Tale of Two Cities is my favourite. x

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    1. Wow Bron - a wonderful endorsement, I'm definitely 'in' now.

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    2. Yep, it's a ripper! J x

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  3. I love Dickens too. Have read a fair few and enjoyed every one. We also caught this series and it's great - will definitely be tuning in again.

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    1. I'm such a late bloomer when it comes to Mr Dickens - shall be rectifying though.

      Happy weekend,
      x

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  4. When I had to read several Dickens as an English Lit student many moons ago, I really wanted to dislike the books - they were so darn big and I had so many others to read!
    But I couldn't - instead, I loved them, and none more than Tale of Two Cities. It's in my top 10 reads of all time (Jane Eyre being no.1!). Bleak House is a fave too.
    You know a lot of Dickens books were originally written in series format - a chapter would appear weekly in a journal of the time. It can be easier to read the books that way, a week at a time and enjoying the cliffhangers that often exist between chapters!

    And like everyone else, LOVING the ABC mini-series so far.

    Have a lovely weekend, lovely.
    Nx

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    1. OK, that's it, if there were any niggling doubts about whether I could truly enjoy a Dickensian adventure, how could I resist after such a resounding endorsement!?!

      You will note that "A Tale Of Two Cities" is now on my 2012 reading list {http://www.giftsofserendipity.com/2012/01/want-to-play.html}
      and I love how you've enticed me with the notion of a serialisation Nic - thank you! I might even rope Captain V in and we'll each read the same chapter then discuss - you've started something now!

      Happy weekend.

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  5. Delicious Dickens! I also love Jules description. Lines you read over and over again and savor. I have't read many of his but I don't know why that is. I think I've read the ones I have as assignments in school or something, been years. Think I will set a goal to read something of his this year. You've inspired me as usual!

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    1. That's what I love about this community of Gifters Jeanette they keep giving and giving.

      xx F

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  6. Charles Dickens is without a doubt, my favourite author! I read Great Expectations (for about the 5th time) when I was pregnant with Isabella, and Oliver Twist (for about the 10th time) when I was pregnant with Olivia...such wonderful memories, but also such amazing classics...love, love, love his work! Thanks for the reminder...I am heading to the bookshelves:) Thanks for the inspiration!!! Huge hugs as always, dear F ~ xx

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    1. Reading this I realise that I've actually 'outed' myself as a complete luddite with this post and "A Tale of Two Cities" is bumped up higher on my reading list.

      It's so wonderful that you have such a beautiful connection with Mr Dickens and your gorgeous girls Tina and I'm sure you are sharing the gift of his writing with each of them.

      Big hug from afar,
      x

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  7. First chapters, you've gone further than me!! I was watching a Who Do You Think You Are episode & i can't remember who the celebrity was but they traced back to living in the shop on that corner where Charles Dickens has a shop (well you know, now, modern day, but in a very old building, not damaged by any wars or fires). I appreciate the heritage, love Posie

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    1. You always know how to make me feel better about myself Jen....also love "Who Do You Think You Are" will keep my peepers peeled for that snippet.
      xx

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  8. I don't believe I've ever read any Dickens either ... and I find that really surprising, because I always thought that I had. I didn't watch Great Expectations, but everyone has told me that it was really good ... perhaps I should play catch-up? :)

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    1. I've just had a chat with Captain V and he's agreed to play catch up with 'Great Expectations' too and then we're going to read "A Tale Of Two Cities" together - a family who reads together and all that stuff.

      Here's to a great week ahead Lovely,

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  9. Dickens is a wonderful author. Download a free edition onto your iPhone/Pad. Then you can take your time. I havce just re-read "A Tale" and "David Copperfield" this way. Now I'm starting on Scott-Fitzgerald - the Great Gatsby and Benjamin Button. All fabulous stories, but you need to take them slowly to appreciate the marvellous language and clever turns of phrase.

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    1. Great advice as ever.
      I read "The Great Gatsby" last year and loved it, however didn't realise that "Benjamin Button" was a novel but will seek it.
      Here's to a great week of page turning and clever turns of phrase.
      x

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  10. I love this book! And after taking a little sneak peep, I might just come back and watch it when it's not 11pm!

    Thanks for sharing. Just popping in. I'm a little irregular these days ;) xx

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    1. You can watch it any time you like Kymmie as it's on ABC iView....although not sure for how long.
      Hoping that you're able to pop in plenty of page-turning moments for the remainder of your break.
      xx

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  11. I love anything Charles Dickens! I even love most of the movies done on his books. I love seeing all the different versions made to get a better picture of the story. To be honest, for me, I'd rather see the movie than read his books, which I have a hard time sticking to : )
    I hope all is awesome with you dear Felicity.
    sending many hugs...

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    1. I'm hoping that I love both too June.

      Happy day Lovely,
      x

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  12. Ooh Charles Dickens now he is a writer & a half & the BBC are by far the best at making these period dramas come to life!!
    I wish I had known it was on will have a look see if I can catch up with it :)) x

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    1. They've got the first two episodes on iview now Lainey....am hanging out for Captain V to watch the first so that we can watch the second together.
      x

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  13. Hi, Felicity! I really appreciate your stuck at chapter one comment. It's been years since I read a Dickens novel (although I do remember enjoying Jane Eyre) so I really like the suggestion from Mrs Catch about re-reading some of his books. Slowly. I believe some writing (particularly if it's a bit heavy going) fares well on the screen or stage. I remember being bored to tears reading Shakespeare's plays in highschool, but absolutely enthralled (and more importantly, amused) when I saw The Sydney Theatre Company's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Hopefully, I didn't just commit a literary crime saying that out loud :)

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    1. I love your honesty Paula.
      The whole Dickens/classics scenario has made me rethink my staunch stance on not seeing a movie prior to reading the associated novel.
      I'm thinking that a gentler approach is needed whereby whatever enables you to access the story and hooks you in should be the approach you take....as long as we don't turn George Castanzas but actually read the written word at some point....do you know what I mean?

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  14. ha, I saw the ads for the movie and it made me put the book on my reading list for this year! i definitely wanna do that before seeing the film. looking forward to it.

    yaga
    Shiny Bubbles

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    1. Look forward to finding out what you think Yaga.
      x

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  15. I read this book years ago and I think it is time for another read. I always love to read the book before I see the movie. I love to have all the details in my mind and to see how someone else portrays what I have imagined in a movie. Looks great! N x

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    1. I just checked Naomi - there's 5 days to watch it before it expires.

      Happy viewing!
      x

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  16. Many, many years ago on Public Television here in the states I saw Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens. It was a multi-part showing and it was so riveting we made sure we did not miss it. The memories of it haunt me to this day. Highly recommended.
    p.s.
    thanks for accepting my Linked!

    ray

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    1. Haunting images - intriguing and yet a little daunting....will keep my eye out for it Ray.

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Although I'd love to reply to each and every one, this isn't always possible, but know that I read and appreciate them all.

Felicity x