Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

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Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

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Dickens' 'galumphing humour' is no joke

(Author) Hilary Mantel doesn't like Charles Dickens (because of "his moralising and crass sentimentality and the galumphing humour".) He's the only author who makes me laugh out loud when I read him and who brings tears to my eyes.

nutella

I've never been able to read Dickens (since being forced to for exams - Great Expectations) but I quite enjoy the television adaptations.

AdmiralNelson

Well, everyone is entitled to an opinion. I've read only a few of his works but the sheer overuse of language makes them rather turgid for me. I know he was paid by the word when published in the periodicals but I prefer a briskness to my reading material.

lanokia

My favourite 19th-century novel is George Eliot's Middlemarch but I love to immerse myself in Dickens' highly entertaining world, even if it is sentimental and verbose for many modern tastes. Ms Mantel seems to have forgotten that Dickens was very much a man of his Victorian time, with his heart in the right place when considering the suffering of the poor, even if he was not always as sensitive in his private life. …

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