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I love to read and it is a good thing because I spend hours reading all the excellent writing found here on WordPress. At night before bed, I spend another hour or so reading again. I used to watch television and then found I could not get to sleep. For me, reading in bed with my husband beside me is the best part of the day. The dogs are in their kennels sleeping. The house is quiet. It is peaceful!
Currently, I am working my way through the classics of Charles Dickens. Here is a great list of all of Dickens works and the years they were published. I love his particular style of writing. Descriptions are Dickens’ expertise, and no matter how he describes it, I am instantly transported back in time to Victorian England.
Presently, I am reading David Copperfield. I have a Kindle and am enjoying all the free classics that are available, as well they should be. We should always have excellent literature available to us. For those of you that blog for free, just as I myself do, remember that writing a book and making lots of money is not always the aim of all writers. I just want people to read my writing and be touched by what I have written. My writing will lead me to whatever destiny is out there for me.
Last night, in David Copperfield, I had the pleasure of meeting the character, Uriah Heep!
Not the rock group Uriah Heep, but the one in Dickens’ imagination. Here is a quote from David Copperfield taken from the Dickens Character page where young David describes Mr. Heep:
“David describes him as a red-haired person – a youth of fifteen, as I take it now, but looking much older – whose hair was cropped as close as the closest stubble; who had hardly any eyebrows, and no eyelashes, and eyes of a red-brown, so unsheltered and unshaded, that I remember wondering how he went to sleep. He was high-shouldered and bony; dressed in decent black, with a white wisp of a neckcloth; buttoned up to the throat; and had a long, lank, skeleton hand, which particularly attracted my attention, as he stood at the pony’s head, rubbing his chin with it, and looking up at us in the chaise. He had a way of writhing when he wanted to express enthusiasm, which was very ugly.”
This is what I love, those deep, rich descriptions that only Dickens can give us. I literally feel like Uriah Heep is at best, a creepy guy! Can’t you just see Heep in your mind from that description? He makes me shudder.
Try on some classics by authors that you would like to emulate. Amazon free Classics is a great start to finding authors that you will like. I like to check out the style of other authors to see if I can incorporate that into my own writing.
Who is your favorite classical novelist?
Thanks for visiting and taking the journey with me!