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Top 5 Wednesday/ Books That Took You The Longest To Finish (Classic Edition)

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello to all folks out in Book Land for we visit another topic for Top 5 Wednesday (better late than never). Today’s topic speak of books which took the longest to read not necessarily because of the length but struggle to get past the beginning, middle or it took us ages to finish the last pages. There are books that I am currently reading, I am climbing at a steady pace (or not so much) to finish read, however today’s books are only for the finished.

Let us dive into it:

° Bleak House by Charles Dickens

I started the story sometime around October/ November 2015 as part of a Spin Challenge for the Classic Book Club but I did not finish till February 2016. What made the book stood out for me was the challenge to get pass near the middle when the Jarndayce vs Jarndayce matter took precedence. I had to read from my copy and had the aid of a audio. I am definitely not rereading anytime soon but I still have a ‘thing’ for Charles Dickens work.

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Top 5 Wednesday/ Excited For New Releases?

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The ninth day of the eighth month of the year two thousand and sixteen presents me with a reading challenge:  “Authors you are waiting for another book from” Top 5 Wednesday

Immediately  my favourite author comes to mind but she is unfortunately among the permanently resting. I tried another author who is not a favourite but whose brilliant mind amazes but he is also not among the living.

There are living whose work I admire but at the present moment I am not eagerly bubbled over waiting for any new release. 

What does my reading taste say about me?

Most Unlikable Characters/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello my Wednesday people, it is another Top 5 Wednesday .

July 27th: Most Unlikable Characters
— NOT VILLAINS! These are protagonists or side characters that are unlikable! (These should lean more towards characters who aren’t intentionally unlikeable. Not villains, or mean girl/guys, etc.)

Let us dive into it:

1.Margaret Beaufort in the Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

She made me dislike the book because of her irritating need to cling to a moral compass she does not embody.

2. Lady Dedlock in Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Cold, selfish, unfeeling bitch. Well perhaps she did feel something for her lost child but her actions could not fool me.

3.Lord Pierson in Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta

I have no idea how no one had yet to tell Lord Pierson to put a sock in it. A title with wealth does not mean he has to be overbearing, uncouth and severely rough that I swear steam came out of his ears during one of his rages.

4. Emma in Emma by Jane Austen

Entitled, pompous, wrong yet strong mentally, loves to give advice but not big on taking it for herself. Elizabeth Bennet could be her sister but Emma takes the cake for unreasonable heroine. Note to self: the film adaptations makes her more tolerably.

5. Mae in The Circle by Dave Eggers

She is just so power hungry she is willing to throw even her parents underneath the bus.

Bleak House [A Book Review]

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Charles Dickens
I feel, I feel like I stumbled upon a fantastic prose wrapped in a whirlwind of events that I cannot fathom how Dickens [called CD hereafter] planned the story. It moved at a pace which left me desperate for him to just spell it out but CD threw Jarndyce and Jarndyce in my face for so many chapters. Oh boy was I steaming mad!
How can he pulled me in with my immediate liking for Esther [ Jane Eyre long-lost sister] and that near perfect description of the scenery in the first few chapters then kill me with an ever going legal battle of a confusing will. However, CD redeemed in shining colours with a tone of humour “his whole existence was a summer joke” and mystery. Tell me, tell me now will Ana take the veil with Richard? Will Esther marry her guardian? What is Mr. Tulkinghorn up too with his manipulating ways. CD came up with the mother load of subplots which he managed to pull so artfully and sometimes confusedly into the main plot.

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Meeting Authors [An Acrostic Poem]

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A Quinzaine Poem

Source: — artneedlepoint.com

Meeting the people who crafted the words so well that I fell in love

Even to the point of obsession. Most are dead, going with them

Every other story that could spring to life.

To converse with Jane Austen to ask why she made Willoughby

Into an insufferable rake when he was promising.

Not forgetting the brilliant mind of Charles Dickens with his

Gun firing wordy sentences and complex character formation.

 

 

Intimidating Books/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday

From my list of books that I read, I take a look at  five[5] intimidating stories for Top 5 Wednesday [a Goodreads book meme]. My take on “intimidating” does not necessary fall under the thickness of the text but how tedious or slow building the plot flow or character development feels.

Let us dive into it:

5. Selected Poetry by Derek Walcott

A few poems stacked into one for English Literature that I just could not get my head around and it reflected on my grades at that time. It did not help that the poet is from my country and he wrote on topics reflecting his experiences and life in the West Indies. I am trained to analyse and interpret but every time I attempted to tackle some of the poems I failed miserably. In turn, I grew to dislike Walcott’s poetry and a block matured. It was not until last year that I saw some faint hope in understanding.

 

4. Romance Of Lust by Anonymous

A story which falls under my few ‘Did Not Finish’ reads because I could not cope with following a plot with no motive but merely a book porn version. It is an extreme erotica which did not make any sense.

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Film Adaptations/Great Expectations

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One of my other favourite things to do apart from reading is watching films especially film adaptations from books, so starting today I will share my views of some film adaptations of books I have read in the past or recently read. It is  a ritual (kind of )for me to watch film adaptations after reading a book especially classics. Today, I tackle (a short take) Great Expectation which I read in 2013 (I think that was the year) and I am crazy ever since for the story!

So let us dive into it:

1946 version

Great Expectations 1946 Film Adaptations

Via Wikipedia.org for Commentary On The Film

It feels like a summary of the story, not divulging certain details of the book which in my opinion is important. For example, nothing of Pip helping Herbert Pock, Pock’s business and even his fiancé and avoiding the suspicious death of Mrs. Joe. What the 1946 version did excellent  is  the portrayal of  young Estelle growing in grace as a cruel child especially to boy Pip.

 

1999 version

Great Expectation Film Adaptations

Via Wikipedia.org for commentary on the film.

Although I found the beginning a down version of the book, the film stretches to most of the scenes of the story. It is more of a comprehensive look as oppose to 1946 or 2012 versions. Estelle was more brilliant as a child than a young adult. They made her look more sincere, trying to instill that sympathy look for Pip.

 

2012 version

Great Expectations 2012 Film Adaptations

Via Wikipedia.org for commentary on the film

My favourite version of the three. Although it focuses and tells the story as Pip, the main focus, I found this version much more engaging. The casting is great, everyone played a great role from Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham to Holliday Grainger as adult Estella. Adult Estella nailed the role quite well. What appealed to me most about this version is the use of sound and colour/shading to create dynamic scene.


What version  of Great Expectations have you seen? Do you have any favourite film adaptation or a favourite role? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

Charitable People (Quote)

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Charitable People

Julian Partridge’s Hot soup and charitable elephants via https://www.flickr.com/photos/julianpartridge/

“There were two classes of charitable people; one the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.”

Charles Dickens, The Bleak House

 

Best Literary Hero & Heroine

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Classics Books

“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895) Via Classics Club

The Classics Club asks a question:

“Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?”

I honestly spend pockets of the last two days thinking about my best literary hero/heroine leaning more on the classic side (since it is a blog dedicated to classics) and I am unsure. Even when the question ask “in your opinion” my mind still kept reeling because I kept thinking of all the hero/heroine of books I have not read but their summaries seem amazing and even the film adaptations of books, I have never read. I went further and thought should I choose my favourite hero/heroine for the best because they are my favourite or the best even if I dislike the character?

However, part of life is making decisions so I am not staying on the book fence with this question. I made a decision.

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Charles Dickens’s Mr. Micawber

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Charles Dickens

“As illustrated in a 1912 edition of the book” via en.wikipedia.org

Did You Know?

Many posit the view that one of the character of the book David Copperfield   written by Charles Dickens is a portrayal of his father, John Dickens. As a boy Charles father became a ward at a debtors prison and the character  Mr. Micawber suffers the same fate. In addition, they both fit are good-hearted people but not capable to handle the ups and downs of the world. Hence,  John Dickens seems like an inspiration for Mr. Micawber.

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Works Cited

BBC. (2014). Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Retrieved November 17, 2015, from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/dickens_charles.shtml

Info, C. D. (n.d.). David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Retrieved November 17, 2015, from Charles Dickens Info: http://www.charlesdickensinfo.com/novels/david-copperfield/

Kehe, M. ( 2012 , February 7). Charles Dickens: His 10 most memorable characters. Retrieved November 17, 2015, from The Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/0207/Charles-Dickens-His-10-most-memorable-characters/Mr.-Micawber-of-David-Copperfield

Wikipedia. ( 2015, September 15). Wilkins Micawber. Retrieved November 17, 2015, from Wikipedia : The Free Encyclopedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkins_Micawber