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For whatever it's worth, when I was a kid I never understood why people wanted to hear stories that were plausible and realistic. If that was what they wanted, why didn't they just go out and experience life?

Gina: I think it's a glorious thing, and a feature of Trollope in the New Yorker an equally glorious one, don't you? No one can deny that they're different writers who excel in their respective spheres. When each is good, he's very, very good. But I also think Dickens was a genius, and Trollope was merely an excellent novelist with a keen sensibility. Dickens was a force of nature, so if in Gopnik's world that means a "poet," it's fine with me.

Well said, Christopher!

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