A little Christmas gift

As I said before, I totally admire Mr. Dickens work, mainly because of the way he used words, but also because he found a way to live off writing and create amazing pieces at the same time. While looking into A Christmas Carol history, to post it here, I came across this words by Dickens refering to his novel:

“I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
Their faithful Friend and Servant, C. D. December, 1843.”

It’s hard to believe it’s being this long since the novel was first written and how it’s become a tradition for the holiday season. I totally love the idea of the ghosts visiting Mt. Scrooge to make him see what’s his live has been, what’s like in the present and how it might be in the future. But what really takes my breath away’s the begining of it the story: “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that”.
I’ve read it dozens of times and I still wonder, how on earth could Dickens come up with this begining? I guess I’ll neve know, but at the same time I’ll always have the chance to imagine once and again how it could’ve been. And while I’m doing that, Merry Christmas to you all out there!

The best of times

Text and Photo by Nora Vasconcelos

And now that I’m talking about the good Mr. Charles Dickens, I have to say that what I like about him so much it’s the way he used the words to creat complete scenes with very detailed and lively characters, placed in towns that are so well describe that the readers are almost able to wander around their streets and chat with the characters. Dickens also has what’s for me the most amazing begining for a novel, in his Tale of two cities… “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. I got so amazed while reading that novel that I couldn’t stop until I got to the end of it. I love too A Christmas carol, and now that’s Christmas time, it’s a wonderful time to go back to it.

Silent time

Long long time since I had the chance to come back here. But I’ve come back! During this silent time I finally got to the end of Final Theory, I liked the novel a lot, although the last two chapters were kind of just ok for me, may be because they came after a very fast paced plot where it was really impossible to guess what it would happen next, and in the end everything works all right… but after I few minutes thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that it was kind of hard to end the story any other way. I’m really glad I came across this book by Mark Alpert. Now, my new literary adventure lands on The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl. I’m just in page 14 but this is the kind of book I just can’t put down, not only because of the way it’s written but also because I’m a big fan of Mr. Charles Dickens, and the story happens in Boston, city which I like so much. So I have this vivid images in my mind of all the streets and places that are mentioned in the story. Can’t wait to come back to it. Happy reading!