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Edwin Drood & Drood A Novel

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Edwin Drood & Drood A Novel

Post by Misfit » Sun February 1st, 2009, 2:54 pm

I was just looking at Drood by Dan Simmons and noticed that Dickens has a novel called The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Should I read Dickens first to further enhance the enjoyment of the Simmons book?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sun February 1st, 2009, 3:05 pm

I'd say so. The frustrating thing, of course, is that since Drood wasn't finished, you'll be left hanging.
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Post by Misfit » Sun February 1st, 2009, 3:20 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I'd say so. The frustrating thing, of course, is that since Drood wasn't finished, you'll be left hanging.[/quote]

Yeah, I saw that. Kind of like Wives and Daughters by Gaskell.

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Post by Kasthu » Sun February 1st, 2009, 6:06 pm

It's not necessary, but I'd recommend it. Both books are very good!

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Post by gyrehead » Sun February 1st, 2009, 6:56 pm

I'm not a huge fan of Dickens but have read most of his work. Except Edwin Drood. However one particular literature course was very Dickens-centric despite the description never coming even close to alluding to the professor having such a fixation. Through that unfortunate experience I knew about Edwin Drood and how it fit into Dickensmania. Or Dickensablia. Or whatever.

So I'd say no if you are familiar with Dickens beyond just reading some of his work. Certainly it might help and if you like or love Dickens then even without the Simmons book? What's keeping you? (ha!).

While Simmons does tie into the whys and wherefores of the unfinished book, he does so in a way that I think is explanatory beyond this particular Dickens effort.

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Post by Misfit » Sun February 1st, 2009, 7:58 pm

Thanks for the info. Two more books for the pile......

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