WARNING: This post definitely contains spoilers. Look away now to avoid disappointment.
I’m proud to say that I’ve finished the first book of my 2017 challenge, and I can’t wait to get started on the next. But before I do, I think it’s only right that I report back on what I’ve read so far.
Due to my long life love for all things Victorian, it’s only natural that I kicked off the year with a good old classic from one of our greats, Charles Dickens. I loved studying Great Expectations when I was in high school, so admittedly I was a teensy bit apprehensive about whether or not I would enjoy this as much. I knew it could either be equally as great, or my Dickens standards could had been put too high too soon. But I’m glad the latter didn’t turn out to be true.
Instead, I was pulled into a world of love, sacrifice and politics as I let Dickens show me the heartbreaking effects of the French Revolution, and how the historic event divided the classes even more so than ever before.
I know that for many people, Victorian novels can be quite a chore to make your way through. Yes, writers of this great literary period (I am not biased, I swear), spent a lot of time describing their surroundings with somewhat confusing language, so if you’re one of those people, I wouldn’t recommend picking up a copy any time soon.
But if you have a love for classics and can get as involved with the description as I can, then I advise that you read it immediately. There is definitely a reason it has gone down in history as a classic and that it’s opening sentence, ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times’, is noticed by just about anybody, no matter what their knowledge of the novel.
My next book is How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran. I’ll keep you updated!