Read this picture book earlier this year. On one of my favourite classic writers. How could I miss it? It turned out to be a nice read. (I wasn't blown away by the story, but it was a nice read.) Lovely artwork on London, in an era I've often imagined about.
Yet most importantly, it made me realize how much more I enjoy the Dickensian characters rather than ol' Dickens's own childhood, despite the dramatic similarities.
Tragedies and heartbreaks are wretchedly wonderful to read on paper and not in real life, I suppose.
I haven't got to know all Dickensian folks yet. But these are the ones I have and whose stories have floated their way into my world:
Pip. Estella. Miss Havisham. Joe. Biddy. Jaggers. Herbert. Wemmick. Magwitch. Pumblechook. Orlick. Little Dorrit. Mrs Clennam. Even the Marshalsea prison was a character of its own. The Circumlocution Office, too, was a setting-character. Fagin. The Artful Dodger. Charley Bates. Monk. Oliver. Nancy (poor Nancy!) Bill Sikes and that awful dog. Little Nell. Quilp. Kit Nubbles. Simon Tapertit. Dolly Varden. Hugh (possibly the most unforgettable villain). Barnaby Rudge (possibly the most kind-hearted fool).
And the numerous scenes that played like movies in my head: Barnaby and Hugh during the riot; Nancy's death; Bill Sike's death (and it was a good, justifiably cruel one!); Mrs Clennam rising from her wheelchair; Miss Havisham on fire; Pip confessing his love to Estella then meeting her again much later; and strangely, Charley Bates's guffaw (I don't know why I especially remember his cackle or guffaw); and Simon Tapertit's dance and skinny legs (is this dude for real?).
Which Dickensian characters' stories have floated their way into your world?
Beautiful illustrations from Dickens's novels ... (courtesy of Creative Commons & not affiliated with the picture book mentioned above.*)
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