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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago today -- and what better way to celebrate than with words of praise from readers who are enjoying his writing right now? The Reading group reaction to Bleak House has been overwhelmingly positive.
To give just a few examples:
"I am so pleased that I was persuaded to overcome my totally unfounded prejudices against Dickens and take on this excellent novel. I am in the happy position of which canfan is so envious, my first read of Bleak House. I am hooked."
"Bleak House -- a metaphor for Britain -- is a fantastic book. Who else could capture a whole society, in all its class divisions from the aristocracy down to the street cleaner, in one glorious novel? Our contemporary society is so fragmented, false and fluid that it may never be possible again. Dickens nailed it with a timeless wonder."
MendraMarie, told us:
"I absolutely adored Bleak House, especially the way that, against …