Since I posted my review of Foundation today I decided to see what Isaac Asimov thought of Charles Dickens for my post for the Charles Dickens month hosted by Fig and Thistle. Here is a quote by Asimov:
“Good writers are invariably fascinating writers—the two go together. In my opinion, the English writers who most clearly use the correct word every time and who most artfully and deftly put together their sentences and paragraphs are Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and P. G. Wodehouse.”
I have to agree with Asimov wholeheartedly concerning Dickens. I am continually amazed by his ability to make me feel what the characters feel. People have asked if I have favorite quotes from my current read, Oliver Twist. It is so hard to decide since he writes so well and his descriptions are beautiful, even when they are terrifying. Here is an example from my reading last night.
“There was something so uncommon in her manner, that the flesh of the concealed listener crept as he heard the girl utter these words, and the blood chilled within him. He had never experienced a greater relief than in hearing the sweet voice of the young lady as she begged her to be calm, and not allow herself to become prey of such fearful fancies.”
I’m hoping to finish the novel today. It is at an exciting point and it was hard to set it aside last night, but it could not be helped.