Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Middlemarch Again

So I'm listening to the audio book and wondering why I didn't trust my instincts when I put the book down the first time. I started at the beginning and am now on part 2 of 5, and the things that bothered me before bother me now. I don't like the narrator stepping out of 3rd person point of view to 1st person to provide information and opinions. I want to get lost in a book and it's difficult to do that with someone telling me stuff. It's jarring. And isn't it sort of cheating? Shouldn't we learn/decide the theme of the novel without being told directly in practically every chapter? Is it literary blasphemy to say these things of the great George Eliot?

Middlemarch includes a character like Mr Micawber in David Copperfield and Richard Carstone in Bleak House. He expects that something wonderful will simply fall out of the sky onto his feet. If only!

I will probably finish listening to the book because I'm both stubborn and parsimonious enough not to have spent $7.50 for nothing.

George Eliot

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Great Expectations on Masterpiece

Saw part one and loved it! Miss Havisham is so spooky! Much more so than the way I read her. Joe Gargery is lovely - I'm glad they got that right. Pip is lovely, too. The child playing child Pip did a wonderful job. His looks and movements were perfect. He communicates so much through body language, and it must be hard for a child to act on that level. He does it well. Can't wait for part two!

If you're in the US, you can see it here until May 1st.

Miss Havisham
:cue ghostly music: