Today, February 7, is Charles Dickens’ birthday. This an author who needs little or no introduction, being perhaps the most famous 19th century English language author. Even if they haven’t read a word, everyone knows A Christmas Carol, can quote the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities and most likely can summarize Oliver Twist. There are other big name books, like David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, etc.
Dickens is known for some of the most colorful characters created in the English language. He also pushed for social reform and helped improve the lot of the average British citizen. He is often thought of as the greatest, most influential British author since William Shakespeare.
Anyway, the man is well known and well respected.
Recently I was talking to Yvette Prior on one of my posts. She had brought up Dickens’ book Little Dorrit, a work that I do not know. I was surprised to find out that this is a lot of people’s favorite Dickens’ book. Wow. I would expect it to be one of the ones listed above, or the other half dozen that I know better, like The Old Curiosity Shop (of course the main character in that book’s last name is Trent, so…). No, for many it is Little Dorrit.
Talking to Yvette about it, we decided to both read the work and discuss it in posts on or around June 9, which is the anniversary of Dickens’ death. We don’t have it nailed down yet, but we were thinking of an open discussion. And we planned on inviting others to join as well.
That is where this post comes in. And where you come in…
Would you like to join us? We don’t have a sign up sheet or anything at this time, but we will do some type of blog party or link up on June 9. That gives you four months to read the book.
Are you ready? I have my copy right here!
We’ll announce it again later, as we get closer, but I wanted to give you a warning so you can start reading – it is a huge book!
Oh, and if reading this great work of fiction and talking about in our blog party it isn’t incentive enough, we have decided to do a raffle: everyone who joins in with the Little Dorrit Link Up on June 9th will be entered to win. We will be raffling off two books and a $25 Amazon gift card and perhaps miscellaneous surprise items.
(Go visit Yvette and see what she has to say about the challenge :) )