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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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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bookreview; chat; dickens; oprahbookclub
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To: Borges
She's not doing Hard Times. I actually think TOTC is a good one for her to do. Sure, I love Bleak House, but you have to start somewhere. Now Dombey & Sons, that's his worst.
51 posted on 12/06/2010 3:09:57 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: BenKenobi

A great tragedy should cheer you up. It’s cathartic.


52 posted on 12/06/2010 3:10:02 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

When it happens to someone you don’t like, sure.

But Tess? I identified with her, and I didn’t much like the book.


53 posted on 12/06/2010 3:11:44 PM PST by BenKenobi (Obama's book of the month, Herman Melville's Killin' Whitey)
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To: nickcarraway

Dombey was going to be the next one I read. What’s wrong with it? It’s supposed to be the first of his ‘mature’ novels.


54 posted on 12/06/2010 3:11:58 PM PST by Borges
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To: BenKenobi

No a great work of tragic art is cathartic. Regardless of how you feel about the characters.


55 posted on 12/06/2010 3:12:56 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Well, it’s been 17 years, but as I recall it dragged, and the characters just weren’t as interesting as Dickens’ usually are.


56 posted on 12/06/2010 3:18:34 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Borges
Good stuff, actually, although we could debate which Dickens books would be more appropriate until the cows come home. Bleak House is a personal favorite, but there's a certain magic in "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." Always leave 'em laughing, Chuck...

OK, kidding, but only a little. It's a TV audience, after all. Maybe she's got the level about right. Lord knows she's sold enough stuff.

57 posted on 12/06/2010 3:23:00 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Borges

You’re weird you know that? ;)


58 posted on 12/06/2010 3:33:29 PM PST by BenKenobi (Obama's book of the month, Herman Melville's Killin' Whitey)
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To: Palladin; cameraeye; EyeGuy
Oprah zombies will find the vocabulary a bit challenging.

It's sad really and it can be laid right at the feet of the "education" establishment and the greedy teachers unions.

59 posted on 12/06/2010 4:12:45 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Borges

And so does A Tale of Two Cities.


60 posted on 12/06/2010 4:56:45 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

Why not David Copperfield? I was forced to read Great Expectations in high school and it made me hate Dickens for a long time.

Revolting little Pip.


61 posted on 12/06/2010 5:01:26 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: carton253; Borges

I’ve always loved ATOTC.

In fact some years ago I inherited a complete set of Dickens printed in the 1870s - green and gold - and the first one I picked up was ATOTC.

I don’t have a college education so my opinion is worthless, of course.


62 posted on 12/06/2010 5:04:13 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah
I find your opinion very worthy.

I love ATOTC and think the character of Sydney Carton is the best character in literature today.

63 posted on 12/06/2010 5:12:36 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: BenKenobi

I’m just repeating what this fellow called Aristotle said.


64 posted on 12/06/2010 5:53:45 PM PST by Borges
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To: little jeremiah

Pip is not a likeable character. That’s what makes GE so interesting. It’s about how success made him a hollow person because he lacked the moralpsychological grounding for it.


65 posted on 12/06/2010 5:56:01 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Since I don’t watch her show, I didn’t know she had recommended other classics. Amazing. Maybe there’s hope after all.


66 posted on 12/06/2010 6:05:25 PM PST by iceskater (11/2/10 - the beginning of the beginning of restoration.)
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To: carton253

I always liked Sydney Carton. It’s very inspiring to read about heroes - his act was one of incredible heroism.


67 posted on 12/06/2010 6:11:34 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: Borges

I don’t like reading books wherein the main character is a weakling, traitor or other type of creep.

I’m not much of a fiction reader anyway.


68 posted on 12/06/2010 6:12:36 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

And he’s a mystery, too. Dickens never tells us why he had given up on himself.


69 posted on 12/06/2010 6:36:30 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: All
For ATOTC fans, the best film version is the 1958 one starring Dirk Bogarde.


70 posted on 12/06/2010 6:58:17 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: little jeremiah
Most tragedies are based on a flawed protagonist.
71 posted on 12/06/2010 7:45:34 PM PST by Borges
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