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Winfrey chooses Dickens classics for her book club
Yahoo - AP ^ | 12/6/10

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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1 posted on 12/06/2010 1:08:17 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Redundancy alert: “Timeless classics.”

Oprah is such a tool.


2 posted on 12/06/2010 1:10:38 PM PST by RexBeach
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To: Borges

I understand she tried to book Charles Dickens on the show, but was disappointed to hear that he had died 140 years ago.


3 posted on 12/06/2010 1:12:03 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: Borges

To whoever put chat in the keywords...it’s a cultural issues. she has a huge effect on books sales. What people read matters.


4 posted on 12/06/2010 1:12:37 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

I’m so thrilled.

Yawn.

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.


5 posted on 12/06/2010 1:12:57 PM PST by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization.)
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To: ZULU

She’s made billions.


6 posted on 12/06/2010 1:14:38 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

The better Dickens selection for our day and age would have been “Hard Times”.


7 posted on 12/06/2010 1:14:46 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Conservatives want a CHOICE not an echo - No more RINOs!)
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To: Borges
Winfrey said on Monday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" she has never read Dickens before

And yet millions of hausfraus look to this woman for guidance. God help us.

8 posted on 12/06/2010 1:15:01 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

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.


9 posted on 12/06/2010 1:15:28 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

I’m going to agree with Oprah regarding Tale of Two Cities. Absolutely my favorite novel with Sydney Carton my favorite character.


10 posted on 12/06/2010 1:15:36 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: Borges

Regarded by whom,...madame defarge?


11 posted on 12/06/2010 1:19:17 PM PST by DWC (historian)
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To: Borges

So has George “Judenrat” Soros.


12 posted on 12/06/2010 1:19:42 PM PST by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization.)
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To: Borges

I read both of these when I was about 16.
I doubt most of Oprah’s audience would get very far through them though.


13 posted on 12/06/2010 1:20:57 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Borges

“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.


14 posted on 12/06/2010 1:21:50 PM PST by iceskater (11/2/10 - the beginning of the beginning of restoration.)
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To: DWC

Dickens scholars.


15 posted on 12/06/2010 1:22:03 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Scholars are paid to have opinions. LOL! Here’s my opinion. A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens’ best.


16 posted on 12/06/2010 1:25:50 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
>>Winfrey said on Monday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" she has never read Dickens before

>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.

17 posted on 12/06/2010 1:26:38 PM PST by jtal
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To: carton253

I always liked the 60’s band Uriah Heep!


18 posted on 12/06/2010 1:27:20 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Bullish

“I doubt most of Oprah’s audience would get very far through them though.”

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Let alone the 800+ pages of Dicken’s masterpiece and favorite “child”, “David Copperfield”.


19 posted on 12/06/2010 1:30:23 PM PST by EyeGuy (')
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"I understand she tried to book Charles Dickens on the show, but was disappointed to hear that he had died 140 years ago."

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.

20 posted on 12/06/2010 1:32:11 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: EyeGuy

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.


21 posted on 12/06/2010 1:33:13 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Bullish

“I doubt most of Oprah’s audience would get very far through them though.”

Hear!Hear! You win the statement of the day!


22 posted on 12/06/2010 1:33:46 PM PST by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“Killin’ Whitey”

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Harpoonin’ Honky.


23 posted on 12/06/2010 1:33:55 PM PST by EyeGuy (')
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To: Borges

How did she get through high school without reading Dickens?


24 posted on 12/06/2010 1:34:46 PM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: BenKenobi

“I’ve read quite a bit, but we never did Dickens in my English classes, and I wanted to fill a hole.”

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Nor did I.

We were too busy reading liberal fave, POS downers like “Catcher in the Rye”, and other “daring” and “edgy” crapola.


25 posted on 12/06/2010 1:36:34 PM PST by EyeGuy (')
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To: BenKenobi
I read two of Charles Dickens' novels--A Tale of Two Cities while in high school and Great Expectations in college. I would, if given a choice, prefer one of the Russian 19th-century novelists--Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, or Turgenev. If I was recommending a Dickens book to Oprah, I'd tell her to pick A Child's History of England.

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.

26 posted on 12/06/2010 1:41:54 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: EyeGuy

I had Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Although I am thankful I got read Brave New World and Solzhenitsyn.


27 posted on 12/06/2010 1:42:04 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

What is Turgenev like? I’ve not read him.


28 posted on 12/06/2010 1:43:09 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Post of the Day.


29 posted on 12/06/2010 1:44:23 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Borges
Bleak House


30 posted on 12/06/2010 1:44:45 PM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: carton253

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.


31 posted on 12/06/2010 1:49:36 PM PST by Borges
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To: EyeGuy

‘Catcher in the Rye’ is wonderful and pops on lists of favorite conservative novels.


32 posted on 12/06/2010 1:50:56 PM PST by Borges
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To: Verginius Rufus

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.


33 posted on 12/06/2010 2:00:06 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: BenKenobi
I've read only his Fathers and Sons, which is set in 1859, shortly before the emancipation of the serfs. The central figure is Bazarov, a nihilist and would-be doctor who believes only in science. The father of his friend Arkady is a landowner who is trying to come up with a new arrangement which will be fair for the peasants. The main characters are educated people who keep up to date with the latest publications in German and French but are surrounded by utterly backward peasants.

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.

34 posted on 12/06/2010 2:00:06 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Borges

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.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_Bozr9Gs_M


35 posted on 12/06/2010 2:02:40 PM PST by dawn53
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To: Borges
The story on ATOTC doesn't lend itself to humor.

You and I will have to disagree.

BTW, my opinion is educated. LOL!

36 posted on 12/06/2010 2:12:19 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: carton253

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.


37 posted on 12/06/2010 2:19:00 PM PST by ClubCaved
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To: carton253

Bleak House doesn’t lend itself to humor either but still manages to be dynamic and indelible with complex character interrelationships.


38 posted on 12/06/2010 2:20:03 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

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?


39 posted on 12/06/2010 2:23:48 PM PST by Palladin (Stand and fight.)
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To: iceskater
She's been doing that for a while. She's recommended Tolstoy, Faulkner.
40 posted on 12/06/2010 2:24:44 PM PST by Borges
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To: Bullish

Oprah zombies will find the vocabulary a bit challenging.


41 posted on 12/06/2010 2:24:55 PM PST by Palladin (Stand and fight.)
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To: BenKenobi

You didn’t like Tess? It’s one of the great prose tragedies in English.


42 posted on 12/06/2010 2:27:29 PM PST by Borges
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To: Palladin

Oprah was in high school from 1968-1972.


43 posted on 12/06/2010 2:29:36 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

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.”


44 posted on 12/06/2010 2:47:06 PM PST by DWC (historian)
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To: Borges

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”
Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
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:

Hesiod’s Thegony
Virgil’s Aeneid

Chaucer, ‘Clerk’s Tale + Wife of Bath’ + Prelude
Chretien de Troyes Percevel the Story of the Grail

Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Milton’s Paradise Lost

Tennyson’s Idylls of the King
Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

And that gives us 8.


45 posted on 12/06/2010 2:47:28 PM PST by BenKenobi (Obama's book of the month, Herman Melville's Killin' Whitey)
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To: Borges

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.


46 posted on 12/06/2010 2:52:10 PM PST by kanawa (Obama - "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.")
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To: Borges

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.


47 posted on 12/06/2010 2:53:15 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Conservatives want a CHOICE not an echo - No more RINOs!)
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To: Borges

‘Jude the Obscure’ is tough going. I’ll stick to Jane Austen.


48 posted on 12/06/2010 2:54:01 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: EyeGuy

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.


49 posted on 12/06/2010 2:54:01 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Borges; RexBeach

I give credit where credit is due. I think this is fantastic.


50 posted on 12/06/2010 3:06:13 PM PST by nickcarraway
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