The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The first book I read for my 2019 reading challenge, The Mayor of Casterbridge, is compelling because of its characters. Though there are many, it focuses on a man named Michael Henchard, a man none of us would envy. It is the story of a mistake he made as a young man and how this mistake … Continue reading The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Around the Literary World in a Year

A new year always brings with it pressure to come up with a resolution. Though setting goals often feels like a trend, I don't like ignoring a clean slate. I don't plan to do anything mind-blowing this year, but I know where I hope to be when roaring 2020 comes in. Writing-wise, 2019 will see … Continue reading Around the Literary World in a Year

David Copperfield: The Call to Action

In my final reflection on David Copperfield (for now), I want to muse on a paragraph which appears to me as a living, direct link to the author and what he stood for. It is a reflection on the homeless of his time--and ours. In context: still a child, David Copperfield has escaped horrific months … Continue reading David Copperfield: The Call to Action

David Copperfield: Escapism and Books

Charles Dickens' David Copperfield is, in many respects, autobiographical. Readers see the protagonist in bleak situations, many of which take root in things the author himself experienced--child abuse, poverty, instances when it was difficult to count one's blessings. As a reader and writer, the following paragraph stood out to me. It describes Copperfield as a … Continue reading David Copperfield: Escapism and Books

David Copperfield: Contrast of Summer and Winter

Paragraphs can be so telling. Here, I'm going to compare two passages from David Copperfield that made their way into my reading journal because of their devastating depth. Here is the first: When my mother is out of breath and rests herself in an elbow-chair, I watch her winding her bright curls round her fingers … Continue reading David Copperfield: Contrast of Summer and Winter

David Copperfield: Intro

The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery. This is the original title of Charles Dickens' eighth novel, published in serial form in the year 1850. Now sold as a 700-page book, it was originally released in 19 monthly one-shilling installments. This makes for a delightfully long story … Continue reading David Copperfield: Intro