Tuesday 12 April 2011
"An interest not wholly free from pain"
And it looks like it's going to be a doozy, friends. On page 5 (the novel began on page 3), I read this sentence in the narrator's introductory remarks about finding Little Nell wandering and her childlike trust in him, a stranger: "I love these little people, and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." 'Oh, so it's going to be that kind of book is it, Chaz!' I thought as I choked on my easily played emotions while trying to read this sentence aloud to my husband.
Dickens is a master of extravagent, but for me nonetheless entirely irresistable, sentimentalism; and this sentence promises a level of the emotion-wringing unseen since I read A Tale of Two Cities about 2.5 years ago. In other words, The Old Curiosity Shop promises some seriously good, if weepy, times.