13 August, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (116)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I've never read anything by Dickens before, so a couple weeks ago I checked out this book and Oliver Twist from the library. I don't really know how his individual books are regarded, therefore Great Expectations is mostly being read by chance; I'm hoping it will be interesting.

And here I may remark that when Mr. Wopsle referred to me, he considered it a necessary part of such reference to rumple my hair and poke it into my eyes. I cannot conceive why everybody of his standing who visited our house should always have put me through the same inflammatory process under similar circumstances.
-p. 72

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Have you read anything by Charles Dickens? If so, any favorites? What are you reading now?


-----The Golden Eagle

25 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Watched the movies, never read the books though.

mooderino said...

Certainly a classic but takes a little getting used to the style.

mood

Alan said...

Not since school, embarrassed :O(

Liz said...

I read Great Expectations when I was in 8th grade? Maybe 7th. I went through a Dickens phase shortly thereafter, but got stuck in one of his books, never finished it, and haven't read him since. Perhaps it's time to dust that one off...

JeffO said...

I've read Oliver Twist (twice, actually, and once recently), but nothing else. I liked it, though one could argue that little Oliver doesn't *do* a whole lot. He's pretty passive by modern protagonist stories.

I'm currently reading 'A Clash of Kings', and '1491', which is quite interesting.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

They were enjoyed by me

Summer Ross said...

I actually have never read any dickens- sadly-
~Summer

Michael Di Gesu said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dickens... This is one of my favs! I've read it many times!

Great choice, Golden!!!!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Good quote. It's sad that a book with such long words would never be popular released today.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never read this. Dickens in the long form is too much for me.

Paul Tobin said...

At last! A classic I have read! I have to say i enjoyed it. As to the writing style- you have to remember he was paid by the word...

I am still reading the time travel collection _ too busy watching shooting stars and making fires.

cleemckenziebooks said...

I just downloaded Oliver Twist to do some research and found myself lost in Victorian England. The storytelling is very different from what our "immediate-action-showing" techniques are now, but still I was drawn into the story.

....Petty Witter said...

I'm woefully lacking in my reading of Dickens, I did however enjoy A Christmas Carol and his Christmas Stories even if I did struggle with them.

The Golden Eagle said...

Pat: I've never seen any of the movies, at least not of this book--I didn't actually know there were any until I tried finding the book cover of Great Expectations.

Mooderino: I enjoy the style, but it does take effort to follow along with Dickens' meaning.

Alan: I still have yet to finish this book, which is my first by Charles Dickens, so I wouldn't feel too embarrassed!

Liz: I can see getting bogged down in one of his novels. I'm hoping it doesn't happen to me!

JeffO: Oh, George R.R. Martin. I had that book out of the library but it's just so long and A Game of Thrones had felt so endless that I never got around to starting it. :P

Holy Ghost Writer: Cool!

Summer: Well, this is my first stab at his books . . .

Michael: Thank you! Good to know it's one of your favorites. :)

Maurice: I agree. I love long vocabulary words.

Charles: I actually like his sentences, but they do kind of wind and twist around themselves sometimes.

Paul: Oh, that sounds like fun. I was going to get up to watch the Perseid meteor shower but it was cloudy/rainy the days I remembered.

Lee: The world-building techniques are quite interesting.

Petty Witter: I feel like I should read that one sometime. It's such a Christmas classic.

michelle said...

I think that I last read Charles Dickens in high school, which would be many, many moons ago... too many to mention!
Writer In Transit

Jack said...

I rather like that line. I've never been interested in Dickens before, but now I'm a bit curious.

Misha Gericke said...

I've read Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. I like the second of the three most. :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Michelle: It seems a lot of people read Dickens in high school!

Jack: Glad you enjoyed the line. :)

Misha: I'll have to read that book sometime. It's certainly well-known.

Lynda R Young said...

Great Expectations is the only one I've read.

Connie Keller said...

I just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award on my Screwing Up Time blog.

laughingwolf said...

must be 3 - 4 centuries since i read it... thx for the recall :)

Crystal Collier said...

Oh man, I LOVE Dickens. I was hooked with Great Expectations in 9th grade and haven't stopped reading. I've gotten through about 1/2 his books and my favorite BY FAR is David Copperfield. Best. Dickens. Ever.

Right now I'm reading The Book Thief (finally), Defiance by J.A Sonders, and First Wolf by Carol Ann Carr. Those are the for fun books. (Won't bore you with the others.)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

If you read anything by Dickens it should be a Tale of Two Cities.

The Golden Eagle said...

Lynda: I think I might try more Dickens books after this one. I like his style, though it does get a bit lengthy.

Connie: Thank you so much! I'll be over in a minute to check it out.

Laughingwolf: You're welcome. :)

Crystal: Half of them?! That's a lot of reading.

I loved The Book Thief. Are you looking forward to the movie?

Michael: I don't know much about that book. Well, except for that famous quote about the best and worst of times.

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