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March 25, 2013


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Just asking, is the 1982 version of Oliver Twist discussed in this film?

I don't know, I haven't seen it. I was just linking to the "Gazette's" review of it.

Hey Gina, this actually reminds me, I've been wanting to read a copy of Edwin Drood after seeing the movie last year (and recently rewatching it), and I was wondering if you recommended a particular edition? I know that several people have attempted to end it, but I don't know what is supposed to be the best ending or if you had any idea. :)

Nina, it's good to hear from you! I confess I'm not familiar with most of the editions. I have two copies, both of which are older, and neither of them has anyone's ending -- they just break off where Dickens left it. And I think, though I'm not certain, that a lot of modern editions do the same thing.

If I were getting a new copy, I believe I'd go for the Modern Library Classics edition from 2009, because I like the "special features," as we'd say of a DVD. :-) It has an introduction by Matthew Pearl (author of "The Last Dickens") and a transcript of the 1914 mock trial in which G. K. Chesterton, George Bernard Shaw, and others attempted to decide the guilt or innocence of John Jasper.

Hope you enjoy the book and let us know what you think of it!

Ah, okay, maybe it's best to leave it where Dickens left it, then. ;) It's one of only two Dickens novels I haven't read (the other being The Old Curiosity Shop) so it will nice to start a new Dickens story. :)

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