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Does anyone remember the game show host Gene Rayburn? I wonder if he is related to Eugene Wrayburn.
I read Hard Times last week to get my mind in the Dickens mode. Aside from the fact that I immensely enjoyed it, the style is almost nothing like Our Mutual Friend so far. I'm finding Our Mutual Friend to have a much more modern style.
Yes, the style of OMF seems very modern.
His tone in this book seems to vary from ironic in the chapters about the Veneerings to a darker, more serious tone in the chapters about the Hexums.
The squares north of Oxford Street formed a quarter - "Stucconia," as Dickens calls it - much favoured by the prosperous mercantile and professional classes in the mid nineteenth century.
(The link to that website just refuses to paste here properly, so I've deleted it!)
>12 marise: Hope you're feeling better, Marise....
I'm not there yet, but, after bogging down a bit, your post has encouraged me to persevere!
I finished listening to Our Mutual Friend last week. I intend to re-read it again someday, when I get around to finding a hard copy. I found I got bogged down in some sections of the story and there were parts where I struggled to figure out what was going on, but persistence paid off in the end!
(Ill be over in the Trollope group, if anyone is looking for me ;P )
I will be interested in reading your review, geneg, but after that I leave this story forever! :)
Still, I intend to read David Copperfield sometime this next year.
My attempt at reading OMF failed miserably. It is probably because, right now, I have no brain to read anything requiring an effort. I plan to pick it up again, but who knows when....
Particularly interesting what you say about D's characters being regarded as stereotypical. I do believe you are on to something there when you say the reason is because we create them ourselves with help from D's language.
I was actually in a 4-act staged production of it, playing Georgiana Podsnap, which was a lot of fun...