34th book for The Classics Club Project
Thursday, February 28, 2013
|Matthew MacFadyen as Arthur Clennam|
in BBC miniseries
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2nd book for 2013 TBRR Pile Mystery Reading Challenge
Monday, February 25, 2013
- Everyone is invited here, whether or not you are participating in Celebrating Dickens.
- We will have the discussion via comment box.
- I will start one or two topics, then you can post your own idea, response or theory upon it by replying the comment.
- If you want to discuss something apart from my topic, you can start it by posting a new comment.
- It will be better if you give title to your comments to help others get to the subject easier.
- To follow the discussions, you can “subscribe by mail” all comments in this post (just click the link below the comment box).
- There have been a lot of theories on this from Dickens’ critics, but I invite you to have your own imagery of the story.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Maxine Peake in the BBC mini series|
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|painting by Edouard Vuillard|
When I came to beautiful quotes or important passages I'd like to copy for my posts, I usually dog-ear the page (just a small part of the page which I would straight again after I've done copying—it won't destroy the book after it is placed on the shelf), and leave a check-mark near the passage I want to quote (so I don't have to look for it later). Why must I do that instead of copying it directly? Because I don't know whether I, in the end, will use that certain quote or not.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
- Posting about your intention to participate in this event, including the level you choose (you can upgrade it later if you want), and books you are going to pick, if you already have the idea.
- Put links of that post in the linky below.
- Help us to spread the Zoladdiction, either by putting the Zoladdiction button on your sidebar, or by discussing the event on Twitter using hashtag #Zoladdiction.
- Start reading Zola’s works when your calendar turns to April 1st, of course :)
- The master post would be up on April 1st with a linky where you can put your posts about Zola’s books.
- At the end of the event, o and I might prepare some questions to give you ideas to post your wrap-up (we still have to discuss about this).
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
"In the autumn of the year Darkness and Night were creeping up to the highest ridges of the Alps. It was vintage-time in the valleys on the Swiss side of the Pass of the Great Saint Bernard, and along the banks of the Lake Geneva." ~p. 409
"The air had been warm and transparent through the whole of the bright day. Shining metal spires and church roofs, distant and rarely seen, had sparkled in the view; and the snowy mountain-tops had been so clear... (...) Mountain peaks of great celebrity on the valleys, whence no trace of their existence was visible sometimes for months together, had been since morning plain and near in the blue sky." ~p.409
"Up here in the clouds, everything was seen through cloud, and seemed dissolving into cloud. The breath of the men was cloud, the breath of the mules was cloud, the lights were encircled by cloud, speakers close at hand were not seen for cloud, though their voices and all other sounds were surprisingly clear." ~p. 411
"There were gloomy vaulted sleeping-rooms within, intensely cold, but clean and hospitably prepared for guests." ~p.411
"Finally there was a parlour for guests to sit in and to sup in, where a table was already laid, and where a blazing fire shone red and high." ~p. 11
"Prey, has your convent many of its famous dogs now? ...I saw three in the gallery below.... And I think I have seen one of them before. | He was a dog sufficiently well known. Monsieur might have easily seen him in the valley, or somewhere on the lake, when the dog had gone down with one of the order to solicit aid for the convent." ~p. 417
Of course it would be slightly or much different on the 19th century when Dickens visited the monastery, but at least I could imagine a bit of it. Thanks you Mr. Dickens for slipping little entertainment here in the middle of this (quite) tedious reading...
Monday, February 11, 2013
“While the flowers, pale and unreal in the moonlight, floated away from the river; and thus do greater things that once were in our breasts, and near our hearts, flow from us to the eternal seas.”
- Give the context of the quote
- Give your opinion whether you agree or disagree with it
- Share your experience related to the quote
- Share similar quotes you remember
- Or anything else. Just have fun with the quote.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
"We might have gone about half a mile and my pocket handkerchief was quite wet through, when looking out, to my amazement, I saw Pegotty burst from a hedge. She jumped up into the carriage. Not a single word did she speak…. I noticed one of her button rolling around on the floor. I picked it up and treasured it as a keepsake for a long time."
I still did not recognize what it was until the second scene where he (again) was listening to the same kind of reading. And this time I caught a specific word: “Mr. Micawber”. And there it was, no doubt that it was Dickens’ David Copperfield readings that he was listening to. Wow…I always found it amazing when a book or a movie discussed about a book or an author that I like to read. I mean, like Matt Damon..oh..I mean the character he played :), I am a fan of Dickens too, though I can’t say “huge fan”, because I don’t know whether I can listen to a reading of his book without falling asleep (the sound was soothing indeed!).
On another scene, Matt D was visiting a Dickens live-reading by Derek Jacobi (Jacobi played himself in this movie) in London book fair. You should see Matt D’s face when he’s listening attentively to it (this time it’s Little Dorrit), and when the reading finished, Matt D applauded with almost childish amusement; his eyes lit up, and he seemed to be forgotten his surround. Wow…I have never encountered such adoration for certain author, that when one listen to the story told by someone else, he/she would react that way. It makes me think, have I the same level of adoration for my favorite author? Or in other way, which author have I given such adoration to? Sadly I must say…none—until now. :(
|my special collection, bought in 2012|
|printed cards (among other stationery) included in|
Charles Dickens' Bicentenary 1812-2012 book