Hello Readers, Today (Feb 7th) is author Charles Dickens birthday.
Trent and I were discussing the book and both want to read it and then compare notes. This unfolded because last year, I watched the 2008 Little Dorrit mini series and then started comment chatting with Trent. The use of “pa-pa” vs “father” – and of course you know I was wondering how much of the mini-series was aligned with the book and wondered what they missed. I also did not care for the actress that played Little Dorrit – she was “okay” but came up b-flat in so many scenes. She was also bit timid and so when I do get to read the book, I want to really compare and contrast the depiction of the 2008 BBC miniseries to what I take away from the actual book (keep you posted).
We thought it would good fun if others joined us while reading Little Dorrit this spring.
If you want to read Little Dorrit and then share a post about it on or around June 9, which is the date of Dickens’ death – please join us!
To quote Trent (here):
“We don’t have (the Little Dorrit) challenge nailed down yet, but we were thinking of an open discussion. Would you like to join us? We don’t have a sign up sheet or anything at this time, but we will do some type of blog party or link up on June 9. That gives you four months to read the book. Are you ready? I have my copy right here!”
And if you want a free copy of Little Dorrit – the Gutenberg Press has many free options here:
Wait! There’s More
We have decided to do add in a raffle: Everyone who joins in with the Little Dorrit Link Up on June 9th will be entered to win.
So far, we will be raffling off two books and a $25 Amazon gift card. There will also be miscellaneous surprise items. Maybe a few more goodies will trickle in as others contribute. I like how Trent worded this: “If reading this great work of fiction and talking about in our blog party it isn’t incentive enough….” the raffle might lure you in.
Need more incentive to join in? If you are a writer, you know that reading other authors can help you grow and give you ideas. Even if you are not a writer, everyone can benefit from human stories – and all the more when we read from such a special author like Charles Dickens. He was an author that honed his craft (meaning he became masterful with his words and story elements – raw talent and gifts combined with labor). His social intelligence, advocator side, and deep understanding of human behavior is what floods the pages when he develops characters and gives the reader much to enjoy and grow with. And the story of Little Dorrir takes us from a debtor’s prison to traveling abroad with an inheritance. The story elements allow us to look back at history while we maybe appreciate more of what we have today.
In 2018, I shared these links with my “Happy Brirthday, Dickens” post:
1) Go here for an old Priorhouse Post with a snippet from A Christmas Carol
3) This blog here has a current Great expectations weekly read-a-long
4) A student tribute blog to Dickens is here
5) This blog here has some nice posts on the Victorian Era social problems and the book Bleak House (1853).
6) Podcast here from the online reading group Defining Digital Dickens. I think this could have used some editing, but I guess this is how podcasts are – raw and unedited? But it is just fun to know that there was a study group of bloggers and critics exploring Dickens’s last completed novel, ‘Our Mutual Friend’.
7) 12 facts about Dickens at this blog here – with this fact #3 relating to Little Dorrit
8) On Dickens’ b-day in 2013, this blog here shared about the doggy gift for Dickens.
Today – adding this:
9) Linda (here) shared that her friend and fellow blogger, Joni, has written about Dickens’ a few times and here is one of the posts: https://thehomeplaceweb.com/2019/12/12/the-literary-salon-the-manwho-invented-christmas/
Have you already read Little Dorrit? Care to join us?
Thanks to Derrck Knight for his generous sharing of images about Little Dorrit
He said he is going to put them together for us and I am very grateful
Here is one of the images from Derrick that connects to “why” I am eager to read the book
I want to know more about the layers of the Little Dorrit character and then will compare it with what I took away from the 2008 BBC depiction. Not putting down Foy (actress that played Dorrit) or the writers/director – just want to see how it lined up with the book (and of course my subjective take)