Please join us on Wednesday December 16, 2015 when we discuss The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. in room 1550.
From Wiki –
In July 1845, Dickens contemplated forming a periodical focusing on the concerns of the home. It was to be called The Cricket, but the plan fell through, and he transformed his idea into a Christmas book in which he abandoned social criticism, current events, and topical themes in favour of simple fantasy and a domestic setting for his hero’s redemption. The book was released on 20 December 1845 (the title page read “1846”) and sold briskly into the New Year. Seventeen stage productions opened during the Christmas season 1845 with one production receiving Dickens’s approval and opening on the same day as the book’s release. Dickens read the tale four times in public performance. It has been dramatised in numerous languages and for years was more popular on stage than A Christmas Carol. Cricket is less explicitly Christian than some of Dickens’s other Christmas books, it has been criticised for its sentimentality, but contemporary readers were attracted to its depiction of the Victorian ideal of the happy home.
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My favorite audiobooks:
Middlemarch by George Eliot, read by Juliet Stevenson
Truman by David McCullough, read by David McCullough
And my favorite physical books were:
The Great Western Beach: a memoir of a Cornish childhood between the wars by Emma Smith–a lovely memoir
How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster–very entertaining
Ross Poldark: a novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham–to accompany the PBS series–a page-turner
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? a graphic memoir by Roz Chast–Chast tells the story of her elderly parents last years in a graphic (cartoon) format. Very moving.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier–even more suspenseful than when I read it as a teenager
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury–thought-provoking
and I am almost finished with Cecilia by Fanny Burney–Burney was a favorite author of Jane Austen, and you can immediately see the influence on Austen’s work.
…and I continued my commitment to read Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series. This year I read books 3 & 4:
The Eustace Diamonds
…and my 2016 plans are to finish Trollope’s Palliser series with books 5 & 6:
The Prime Minister
The Duke’s Children
in addition to finishing:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville–which (so far) is much more entertaining than I ever imagined.
Passing / Nella Larsen
Night to remember / Walter Lord
The Christmas books
Christmas day in the morning / by Pearl S. Buck
How the Grinch stole Christmas / by Dr. Seuss
Letters from Father Christmas / J.R.R. Tolkien
The Sketch book. Washington Irving
Man who invented Christmas : how Charles Dickens’s a Christmas Carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits / Les Standiford
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
A Sort of Life by Graham Greene