Friday, December 31, 2010

Copperfield... check! (Shayla's item #3)

I finished David Copperfield this morning!  I am so glad I read it.  Here is my goodreads review below.  Be warned that it contains a huge spoiler...

** spoiler alert ** This was a phenomenal read! I loved the whole thing. Usually, when reading a larger book, I become more obsessed with how much I have left to really focus on the story, but I was engaged the whole time.

I had mentioned to my friend, Ashlee, that I was struggling with Dickens because I had just read Great Expectations and it just did not sit well with me. She suggested that I give this a try and I am so glad I did. I love the language, the characters, the clever little phrases, the morals behind all of the plots and sub-plots. It was a great study on humanity and human relationships... no wonder it was Freud's favorite Dickens' novel! And the chapter where David and Agnes finally become engaged was so very romantic... I also kept thinking about Dickens own life throughout reading this (he said it was semi-autobiographical).

My only critique is that Dickens was very obviously paid by the word in writing this. What he could have said in one page went on for many. But on the flip side, that was part of the charm of the book too. It was nice to not be hurried and to enjoy some delicious description and language that only Dickens can make so interesting.  Not to mention, my vocabulary was quite improved with reading this book!

I Recommend it wholeheartedly.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The clock is ticking...(Shayla's item #1, #2 and #3 in progress)

Okay, okay, I'm here at last.  So sorry... too bad I wasted 2 months of the time I could be getting things done for this project.  Or did I?

Actually, when Amanda and I first talked about this when we turned 29 in September, I actually wrote down 28 things (I need to find 2 more still, and I kind of wonder if the rest of my 28 things are actually do-able in one years time considering the pace of life)  So let me see, have I actually accomplished anything yet?

Create 2 new pieces of choreography...check and check!

  I didn't think this would be happening as quickly as it did, but due to the fact that I spent all my budget for my ballet company on costumes (which we desperately needed), I had to come up with all the choreography myself for the concert we had last month.

It was insane, and I feel intensely drained and like I need to go hibernate for a month to recover, but hey it's worth it if I can check something off my list, right?  and I got two checks from that one, even better!  (I'm a little type A, I know... remember when getting a sticker was enough incentive for you to do something as a kid?  Yeah, that will probably still work on me... just sayin')

#3 on my list of 30 things to do before I turn 30 is to read David Copperfield... in progress!  To be honest, I don't think I would have started it if I had realized that it's almost 1,000 pages long, but I'm on Chapter 18 and making good progress, and it has redeemed Charles Dickens standing in my eyes... I loved Tale of Two Cities and who doesn't love a Christmas Carol, but the last Dickens I read was Great Expectations (No disrespect intended, but what was the point, really Mr. Dickens?)

So, onward with David Copperfield and on to my 4th item on my list...