Not that I'm a great Dickens scholar. I suspect that having read A Christmas Carol, The Magic Fishbone and half of Bleak House (twice) doesn't qualify me. But I am interested in Dickens. I think that Bleak House is one of the best books that I've only half read. I've seen Simon Callow speak about him, and portray him. I've seen Miriam Margolyes astonishing one woman play Dickens Women twice now. I've watched the Dr Who episode. And bits and pieces of various BBC miniseries too of course. One day I will embark on my project to read all of Dickens.
Still I thoroughly enjoyed the hour or so I spent in Dickens Museum on a somewhat cool Thursday morning.
|I didn't have the time to do a walk,
and I was there on a Thursday,
maybe next time?
|You get to see upstairs
|Learn about Victorian housekeeping practices-
|And think about how long the laundry took!
Once a year the copper would be cleaned
and used to boil the Christmas pudding
|There's great memorabilia
Dickens' lectern that he designed and
used for his reading tours
|His writing desk
|and even his commode
|It's a fascinating place to spend an hour or so
|I was tempted by the action figure but it would have meant
one less jar of Caramel Beurre Sale to bring home from Paris-
no contest really...
It was certainly 8 pounds well spent.
Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street, London
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