Today is Charles Dickens 200th birthday, and though I read a ton of books each year, I just read my first Charles Dickens' novel, David Copperfield. and I loved it! My only excuse for not reading one of his works earlier is that as a teenager in school I was forced to read a number of "classics"---Kim by Rudyard Kipling, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephan Crane and numerous others I was too young and too immature to appreciate. It gave me a horror of "classic"novels and to a large extent I have avoided them ever since.
But now that I'm older and a bit wiser I hope, I've decided to read some of the authors I've given a miss through the years and I decided I'd start with Dickens, and after reading synopses of several of his novels I decided on David Copperfield, both because it sounded interesting and because it is considered the most biographical of his novels and I thought it might give me some insight into the author.
It was wonderful! Full of humor, sadness, pain, goodness, and great, great characters. Uriah Heep was as vile as his name sounds, and Mr. Micawber with his words of advice---"My other piece of advice, Copperfield," said Mr. Micawber, "you know. Annual income twenty pound, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god od day goes down upong the dreary scene, and, in shbort, you are forever floored. As I am!". is just a joy, he was my favorite character.
I plan to read more Dickens and I believe Great Expectations is next on my list.
So Happy Birthday Charles Dickens.