an equal opportunity eater.
Taking the neurosis out of food, one meal at a time.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Rereading Great Expectations
Surely, I am rereading it?
If so, why does every line spring so fresh; and why do certain passages seem so apposite
to today? (Check out an early section on the particular terror contained by small children).
I must have confused the watching with the reading, and the other night, turning off the set after viewing David Lean's happy ending, I had to wonder what had Dickens described, and so I began.
Did you know, it opens on Christmas Eve? I had no recollection of that, either.
It is fascinating to me that the past of England is so gloriously romanticized-(excuse me, present too.
Who bloody CARES which royal is preggers?) while Dickens did a wonderful job of documenting
England's meanness and misery.
Yes, I agree, you have to be in the mood for slightly archaic language, vivid description and incisive characterization. Dickens shows and tells, something many modern writers seem to have forgotten.
No recipe today, I must get back to my book.