Friends of the Dickens Forum,
Julie Stielstra <[log in to unmask]> adds to our list of
"brutally funny" passages from Dickens: (pjm
Wackford Squeers surely qualifies as brutal and very funny, and I
chuckle just thinking about Blandois / Rigaud, a "gentlemanly" brute
of the first order.
--Here is the post which began this thread:
Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]>
forwards a recommendation that may indeed be too late, Christmas
busy-mess being what it is. The post makes us think of Jingle on
the woman who lost her head under the arch, but what other passages
does the post refer to? (pjm)
I hope it's not too late to recommend a piece by the
[Howard Jacobson] in The Independent for 29 December 2012
'It's easy to love the Christmassy Dickens. But can we
deal with the
brutally funny one?'
With the aid of some incisive remarks from Santayana,
convincingly to his conclusion that 'we are grown too
for the brutally funny Dickens. 'Quite simply, we are not
to enjoy him.'
Grahame Smith (Emeritus Stirling)