Saturday, July 18, 2009

The irreplaceable Charles Dickens

Those who know me know I have a great affinity for Charles Dickens. The atmosphere he was able to create in his books could be matched by no other. I am immediately pulled into another time and place every time I open a Dickens novel. Not only am I pulled into his world, but I'm temporarily left void of any recollection of my own. I actually credit him with the reason it is a dream of mine to get to England one day, and even France.

Not too long ago, I came across a letter written by Charles Dickens to Count d'Orsay in 1844 after just visiting Paris. In my opinion, even his personal letters are a masterpiece:

"I cannot tell you what an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world. I was not prepared for, and really could not have believed in, its perfectly direct and separate character. My eyes ached, and my head grew giddy, as novelty, novelty, novelty; nothing but strange and striking things, came swarming before me. I cannot conceive any place so perfectly and wonderfully expressive of its own character; its secret character no less than that which is on its surface, as Paris is. I walked about streets - in and out, up and down, backwards and forwards - during the two days we were there; and almost every house, and every person I passed, seemed to be another leaf in the enormous book that stands wide open there. I was perpetually turning over, and never coming any nearer the end. There never was such a place for description."

The highlighted area is my favorite part of the letter. Now who wouldn't want to just get up and fly to Paris after reading that?!


  1. Would love to go to wanna join me ?? xx Dani

  2. Dani- Yes, I want to join you!! ;)


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