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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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KEYWORDS: bookreview; chat; dickens; oprahbookclub
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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.”

######

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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