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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Thanks, Evie.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought last night's programme, entirely about Dickens, was good (despite Kate Mosse having too much to say as usual).  Simon Callow was very interesting on Dickens' theatricality; and the panel then discussed the various recent biographies of Dickens, including Callow's, and some of the filmed adaptations and the problems involved in filming Dickens.  I enjoyed it all.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed it too. I always like John Carey who seems an amiable person who wears his erudition lightly. I was interested in the discussion about those Victorian writers who live in Dickens' shadow like Mrs Humphrey Ward whose 'Robert Elsemere' I read and enjoyed last year.  Must read 'Lady Audley's Secret'. Thought the other man rather dragged in his Nietsche references though.  I thought the point about Dickens' adaptations being best on stage rather than film was interesting. I remember the RSC's wonderful two part stage version of 'Nicholas Nickleby' well. Apart from dramatising the characters they had the cast speaking lots of linking narrative.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After watching TBR on Friday my husband said 'I must read more Dickens' so I think the programme worked. Like Mike I want to read Lady Audley's Secret and more of the other writers mentioned.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, I agree that the Nietzsche references were a bit out of sync with the rest of the discussion - Geoff Dyer seemed to want a rather different sort of discussion, though I feel he was more interesting than Kate Mosse, had he been allowed a bit more of a voice.

I was particularly interested in the point about how the filmed adaptations so often go for a level of extreme realism in interpreting Dickens, when in fact Dickens' novels are in fact surreal at times rather than simply realist - I can't now remember if it was Simon Callow or John Carey who made that remark, but it made me think a lot about the way films have affected people's perception of Dickens.



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