Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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The Battle Of Life: Charles Dickens

Well, well, well...

I look at it through my pink spectacles and think, what a lovely, lovely story.

I look at it through my green spectacles and think, but I don't believe a word of it.

Rose-tinted spectacles: You're judging it by the standards of realism and it's a fable. Dickens is a fabulist.

Green-tinted spectacles: There's fable and there's deliberate untruth. Dickens is misrepresenting human nature.

Rose: What a cynic you are. It's Shakespearean. Think Cymbeline.

Green: Shakespearean, my arse! Think Little Nell with knobs on...

Enough of that....

It must be the least regarded of Dickens' major works. Eleanor Farjeon- in her introduction to the Christmas Books- dismisses it in a line. And yet it's not something Dickens tossed off in an idle hour; it's a carefully constructed work of art, with splendid set-pieces and a clutch of variously delightful comic characters. Perhaps the final reveal is a little hard to take...

And off we go again....
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