Monday, April 03, 2006
Happy Monday, everyone. Seduced by persuader par excellence Barbara Bader, I spent much of my weekend enthralled in David Copperfield (a la audiobook). Why did I dodge it until now? (Is anyone up for a game of--what is it called?--that reverse-snob competition where you name books you haven't read but are positive everyone else has? In a children's book version, I would make my opening gambit with something by Rosemary Sutcliff.) My acquaintance with Dickens is very spotty, not much beyond Great Expectations (in 7th grade) and "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." I think I was afraid David Copperfield would be alternatingly dismal and jolly, but the compass of tone is fully rounded, and the story is most agreeably eventful, with both plot and tone turning on a dime. I'm up to David's meeting his formidable aunt--so quite a ways to go, a happy prospect.