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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by P Thought, May 27, 2020.
No study of characters from yesteryear would be complete without.
I dated a wild girl for a few months in my early 20's... One morning we got up to find her house mates (they had this pretty awful house in Williamsburg) eating breakfast and talking loudly (and crudely) somewhat messing with our overall blissful morning... Anyway, her REALLY crazy roommate (these were all PHD candidates btw in history @ wm and mary, so smart, but crazy) was discussing her previous night's encounter (I kind of like the possesive on that'n) and that she was disappointed... pouring myself a cup of coffee and ogling the breakfast meat frying in the skillet, I asked, 'what was the source of the discord?' to which she responded emotionlessly, 'He was abridged' which brought laughter and the girl I was dating asked, 'in what way?' and her response, again, without feeling, 'not chronologically, proportionally.'
at that point, a lad sauntered into the kitchen, cheerily greeting everyone 'good morning!' and much laughter.
it was my favorite use of that word... and the guy never had a clue what was so funny.
I'm about six chapters in on my restart. The literary soil is richer, for sure.
Back when my daughter was in middle school they were given a class assignment to read Charlie and the chocolate factory, which the Willy wonka movie is based on.
So when the kids all turn in the written report they were required to do the teacher finds much to her dismay the reports pretty much all mirrored the movie not the book.
The book is quite a bit different than the movie.
Needless to say when I asked my daughter what she based the report on
Her response was "the movie why?"
Didn't Roald Dahl write that? He was terrific. A bad whammer-jammer in the British Special Forces too during World War II I understand.
I'd read a couple of Roald Dahl books as a kid and liked them so I read his entire works to my son when he was little. He wrote so many great ones that are not so well known.
I have 'A Tale of Two Cities'.
I'd better check it's not just 'A Tale of One City'!
Had to throw this into the thread, sorry...
I just closed the book. Page 1082.
I see what my daughter likes, loves about The Count of Monte Cristo, and I'm glad she didn't let me keep reading the sorry abridgement I started with. Dumas wove a very tight story, keeping a continually masterful mix of scene, background, and dialogue going.
My previous model for romantic literature was Walter Scott, symbolically sunk in the Mississippi by Mark Twain (who scorned the genre) in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Before I let Dumas depose Scott completely in that vein, I guess I'd better check and make sure the Ivanhoe that I read years ago was not an abridgement.
Three words stand out. Wait and hope, friends, wait and hope.