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April 16, 2009

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Good morning, Gina! I have to say that this blog entry illustrates one of my pet peeves when browsing books, especially the 'classics.' One needs to be careful that one doesn't buy an abridged version. I almost inadvertently purchased bought an abridged version of "Les Miserable" a few years ago. I know that we should encourage reading, no matter the content; but it really seems fundamentally wrong to abridge the work of any author. Either the reader wishes to read the entire work, or none of it; and who makes the decision on which portions of the book to edit out?

I remember the movie, "Amadeus" when the King mentioned to Mozart that he "...thought there were too many notes..." in one of Mozart's recent compositions. Mozart, of course, took umbrage and retorted, "Majesty, and just which notes would you suggest that I drop?" This kind of sums up how I feel about abridgment.

BTW, I am actually half-way through "Great Expectations" now and loving it. I finished "Little Dorrit" a few days ago (much to my sorrow). "Little Dorrit" is one of my all-time favorite novels ever! I am going to read it again soon.

Have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!

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