Monday, November 15, 2004
I read "Great Expectations" over the weekend....
"Mrs. Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her cleanliness more uncomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself."--from Great Expectations
Yes, I had read the book before, but it was many years ago. Elizabeth brought it home from school recently, thinking about reading it for a book report. I picked it up, and that was it.
Classics are classics for a reason. They stand the test of time. I've never been that big of a Charles Dickens fan, but I could see why he is one of the greats. Intriguing story, vividly drawn characters, and a sense of humor...great book. The fact that it was written in the 18-hundreds doesn't diminish its appeal.
As always when I read a great book or see a great movie, my interest was stirred up and I had to do some Dickens research. I found this great Dickens website, chockful of everything you could possibly want to know about the man and his writings. Cool.
I leave you with another great quote from Great Expectations:
"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts."--Charles Dickens
Garrison Keillor doesn't think I should be voting...
Again I have to give credit to Robin Lee Hatcher, this time for this quote from Garrison Keillor.
Scary, perhaps more because of the audience reaction than even for the remark.