Skip to comments.Winfrey chooses Dickens classics for her book club
Posted on 12/06/2010 1:08:16 PM PST by Borges
Oprah Winfrey has chosen a pair of Charles Dickens classics, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations," as the latest selections for her popular book club.
Winfrey said on Monday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" she has never read Dickens before. She said, "It's the best of times, readers," and called the books timeless classics.
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Redundancy alert: “Timeless classics.”
Oprah is such a tool.
I understand she tried to book Charles Dickens on the show, but was disappointed to hear that he had died 140 years ago.
To whoever put chat in the keywords...it’s a cultural issues. she has a huge effect on books sales. What people read matters.
I’m so thrilled.
Thanks in part to this witch who made a million in the Capitalist System, we have a Marxist Muslim in the White House.
Can’t stand her.
She’s made billions.
The better Dickens selection for our day and age would have been “Hard Times”.
And yet millions of hausfraus look to this woman for guidance. God help us.
Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities are regarded as among his worst novels. They are frequently taught because they are shorter than most of his others.
I’m going to agree with Oprah regarding Tale of Two Cities. Absolutely my favorite novel with Sydney Carton my favorite character.
Regarded by whom,...madame defarge?
So has George “Judenrat” Soros.
I read both of these when I was about 16.
I doubt most of Oprah’s audience would get very far through them though.
“A Tale of Two Cities” may not be his best work but I loved it when I read it in junior high school. I read “Oliver Twist” this summer and enjoyed it very much.
For once, I’m glad she’s pushing classic literature. Now when she tells her audience to read “The 5000 Year Leap”, I’ll know the apocalypse is imminent.
Scholars are paid to have opinions. LOL! Here’s my opinion. A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens’ best.
>And yet millions of hausfraus look to this woman for guidance. God help us.
That's just what I was thinking - how can one graduate high school - let alone college - without reading ANY Dickens?
Yet "W" is supposed to be the uneducated doofus.
I always liked the 60’s band Uriah Heep!
“I doubt most of Oprahs audience would get very far through them though.”
Let alone the 800+ pages of Dicken’s masterpiece and favorite “child”, “David Copperfield”.
Meanwhile, in a ruse to garner Oprah's attention, the Herman Melville estate is furiously engaged in the effort to have Moby Dick officially re-titled, Killin' Whitey.
Actually, this was on my booklist last year, and I’m getting through it now. I’ve read quite a bit, but we never did Dickens in my English classes, and I wanted to fill a hole.
Enjoying it so far. Prefer Tolstoy and Dostoyevski though.
“I doubt most of Oprahs audience would get very far through them though.”
Hear!Hear! You win the statement of the day!
How did she get through high school without reading Dickens?
“Ive read quite a bit, but we never did Dickens in my English classes, and I wanted to fill a hole.”
Nor did I.
We were too busy reading liberal fave, POS downers like “Catcher in the Rye”, and other “daring” and “edgy” crapola.
I haven't read all of that but liked the part about Puritan coffee houses where the Puritans would gather and talk through their noses. But I doubt many of her readers would make it through that work--too much information.
I had Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Although I am thankful I got read Brave New World and Solzhenitsyn.
What is Turgenev like? I’ve not read him.
Post of the Day.
Yes, educated opinions. Just like an M.D. is paid to have an opinion about medical care.
ATOTC doesn’t even read like any of his other books. It’s humorless. Comparing to something like ‘Bleak House’ really makes it pale.
‘Catcher in the Rye’ is wonderful and pops on lists of favorite conservative novels.
I read A Tale of Two Cities in high school and loved it. My son just read Great Expectations last year in high school and hated it. However,I think it is just not his type of book. Too much romance.
I find it interesting for the picture of gives of Russia at that time, which resembles many other countries trying to come to grips with the modern world. The plot isn't very dramatic--the main interest is in the characters. It's pretty short as Russian novels go.
I've also read War and Peace by Tolstoy, which I hope to get around to reading again some day, and The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. Maybe I'll try to read the latter again.
Even Captain Kirk liked Tale of Two Cities (Hallmark makes a b’day card with a quote from the movie from the scene where Spock gives Kirk the book.)
You and I will have to disagree.
BTW, my opinion is educated. LOL!
As long as we’re discussing Dickens, put in my vote for “Our Mutual Friend.” As long as you skip over the bits where Dickens goes on and on and on about the Poor Law, it’s got everything a modern audience would love: obsessive love, murderous assaults, true love, a murder mystery, dodgy financial doings, etc.
Bleak House doesn’t lend itself to humor either but still manages to be dynamic and indelible with complex character interrelationships.
In the fifties, Tale of Two Cities was required reading for HS sophomores.
What the hell was Doprah doing when she was 15 years old?
Oprah zombies will find the vocabulary a bit challenging.
You didn’t like Tess? It’s one of the great prose tragedies in English.
Oprah was in high school from 1968-1972.
Read all his books. Went to his museum in london. Thoroughly enjoyed everyone, then I’ll consider myself a dickens scholar. BTW the museum is in his house where he wrote most of his books. As I stated enjoyed all of them, even the book he never finished”the mystery of edwin drood.”
Our book list that year:
Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
Solzhenitsyns’s “Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”
Huxley’s “Brave New World”
Hardy’s “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”
Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex”
Chaucer “Prelude to the Canterbury Tales”
Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”
And they wonder why teens are prone to suicide... As you can see Tess doesn’t exactly ‘shine’.
Great books, and by far the best program I ever did.
If I had to make a curriculum:
Chaucer, ‘Clerk’s Tale + Wife of Bath’ + Prelude
Chretien de Troyes Percevel the Story of the Grail
Milton’s Paradise Lost
Tennyson’s Idylls of the King
Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
And that gives us 8.
Faux-liberals of today should look to the Cheerybles in Nicholas Nickleby
as examples of the spirit of classical liberalism;
much closer to the our conservatism
than the totalitarian statist tendencies of today’s ‘liberal’ left.
Valid point on both ends, but with an eight year old red headed boy and an eleven year old red headed boy both sporting the name “Bitzer” I have a soft spot in my heart for Hard Times.
‘Jude the Obscure’ is tough going. I’ll stick to Jane Austen.
My favorite too.
I have a complete set of leather bound Dickens that my parents bought in the UK when they lived there in the 50’s.
I give credit where credit is due. I think this is fantastic.
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