Christopher Hitchens - Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens
     What I have been dreading for months, has finally occurred.   The last article of  Christopher Hitchens appeared in print.   Actually, it was published a few weeks after his death.  The topic was not about himself.  He did not try to leave one last mark fortifying his fervent anti-theist beliefs.  Instead, he chose the topic of Charles Dickens.
     For fans of Hitchens and Dickens, this final article is a bit of a present in and of itself.  For me, it was an emotional read.  Partly because in reading it,  the realization seeped in that  Hitchens spent some of his last hours that he lived, writing the piece.     Maybe he was making a statement?  That the enjoyment he had gotten from reading Dickens was treasured?   Surely an author's last printed words would be something they held dear.   It  made reading  it bitter sweet.
Christopher Hitchens
Here is the  link to the article.  In true Hitchens style, he did not sugarcoat the author but described him as he honestly saw him.
     The book David Copperfield by Dickens is my favorite book.  It has been ever since I first read it many years ago.       
    The opening line of the book is:   
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."   
     What a nice line to think about.
     It is a semi-autobiographical story of a boy's personal struggle to become an individual he can be proud of--the hero of his own life. What could be more appealing, especially if it comes to pass?
    David Copperfield is one of the books of my life.  You know, one of the handful that leave their mark for all the rest of your years.  Dickens genius is in the details, in which he cleverly endears you to each character.  I am proud to be, as Hitchens states, "one of those who study Dickens, or who keep up the great cult of his admiration."     


  

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