07/02/2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLES DICKENS!

I should have celebrated this occasion, Dickens Bicentenary, at school with my oldest students, the ones in their final year. No way. Schools are still closed because of the snow and it goes on snowing right now outside of my windows. 
I had planned to tell them about Dickens life, his picture of Victorian London,  and show them scenes from David Copperfield and Oliver Twist.

I have to renounce and postpone. But can I celebrate with you? Genius story-teller , Dickens, deserves to be read, remembered and celebrated on his 200th birthday (7 February 1812) . There will be celebrations all through the year and lots of TV programmes and new adaptations of his novels. The latest BBC series were very good. Have you seen them? Have you read my posts about them? Great Expectations was stunning and Edwin Drood a revelation to me who had never read nor seen the story.

Google remembers Dickens today



Due to my appreciation of his narrative skills and my love for period drama,  I've posted quite a lot about Dickens on Fly High!  If you've got time and feel like having a look at some of my posts to celebrate Dickens  Bicentenary with me, here are the  links:


























Final suggestion: more than reading ME, I mean my posts about Dickens, pick up one of his books from your shelves, the one you loved best and  re-read it! By the way, which is your favourite Dickens novel? 

8 comments:

Ally said...

I will be celebrating Dickens with some of my classes in April, when we have a whole week dedicated to extra curricular activities :) It's great to rediscover him after so many years :)

MARIA GRAZIA said...

@Ally
Great project, Ally. I'll have to wait on to give my lessons about Dickens. I'll have much to catch up with once schools are back to work. Thanks for passing by and commenting. Happy celebration to you!

Julie @ Read Handed said...

I've only read four of his novels so far, but I love A Tale of Two Cities. As intimidating as people find Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities is such a page turner. Plus, it has probably the most famous first lines ever.

MARIA GRAZIA said...

@Julie@Read Handed
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair..."
Yes, unforgettable lines. And unforgettable characters, too.
Thanks for your comment, Julie.

Jenny Allworthy said...

Looking forward to Great Expectations and Edwin Drood. Now a remake of A Tale of Two Cities would be good! Come on BBC!

Stay warm!

MARIA GRAZIA said...

@Jenny Allworthy
You are right, Jenny, a new A Tale of Two Cities would be great news and very welcome!
I hope you can see and enjoy GE and ED soon.

Thanks for dropping by :D

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Anonymous said...

one of the best wristers ever, my favourite one is the bleak House and i have the change to see it( the tv-series i mean!
and hiw chrismas tales are equal wonderful
marian greece
thank you maria for your blogs