Yesterday marked the 200th year anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. It has been fascinating to read articles about this man and his accomplishments. Did you know he authored 14 novels, not including a manuscript unfinished at his death? He was a child laborer, actor, and social reformer. Dickens was a man of uncommon vigor, who habitually walked at least a dozen miles every evening.
I’ve read a few of his novels, and it’s become tradition at our house to read “A Christmas Carol” every year at Christmastime. His novels are dense and wordy, full of rich descriptions and wonderfully named, quirky characters. My goal is to read one new Dickens novels this year. My father just finished “Little Dorrit” and has raved about it, so that’s probably the one I’ll choose. What about you? Any favorites? Do you have one in mind that you want to read?