Unconditional Love: Great Expectations

JAN / FEB 2012: BY RACHEL McMILLAN “There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.” When Dickens was 10 years old, his family moved from Kent (the setting of Great Expectations) to Camden Town, London... Continue Reading →


An Honorable Man: Nicholas Nickleby

JAN / FEB 2012: BY HANNAH KINGSLEY “Gold, for the instant, lost its lustre in his eyes, for there were countless treasures of the heart which it could never purchase.” It could be said that Charles Dickens is an acquired taste, and one I do not have. Yet upon searching library shelves in the historical fiction... Continue Reading →

A Life of Contentment: Amy Dorrit

JAN / FEB 2012: BY CARISSA HORTON “Mrs. Clennam,” said Little Dorrit, “angry feelings and unforgiving deeds are no comfort and no guide to you and me.” Amy Dorrit was blessed with a gift. There is no accounting for it. Having been raised in the Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison you would think she would have had... Continue Reading →

Becoming Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

JAN / FEB 2012: BY CAITLIN HORTON “It was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!” The curious thing about writing articles is that on occasion the author can pinpoint what the... Continue Reading →

Hard Times: A Book Review

JAN / FEB 2012:  BY SHANNON H. “Some persons hold,” he pursued, still hesitating, “that there is a wisdom of the Head, and that there is a wisdom of the Heart…” During tough economic times, people find it difficult to stay afloat financially, especially during the current economic crisis where good jobs and financial stability... Continue Reading →

A New Miss Havisham: The Jasper Fforde novels

JAN / FEB 2012: BY TRYNTSJE CUPERUS  “What is beauty?” “A destroyer.” “What is happiness?” “Deception.” “What is love?” “Death.” Dickens was a master at creating characters. We can easily identify with many of them and know some of his more eccentric figures by name, such as Mr. Pecksniff, Miss Trotwood or Edmund Sparkler. One... Continue Reading →

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