Dickens’ Fur Coat…

I have just begun reading Dickens’ Fur Coat and Charlotte’s Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances of England’s Great Victorian Novelists by Daniel Pool.

If you thought the title was wordy, feast your eyes on this sentence from page 13:

“In the narrow, dingy street just north of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of London the booksellers’ reps arrived early on the last day of every month in the mid-1830’s, clamoring for copies of the magazines and periodicals to put in their large bags, followed at around ten by the authors anxious to see if they’d been published or reviewed, while the clerks for the wholesalers burrowed away getting the periodicals out to the provinces.”

ONE SENTENCE! I’m not sure how much of this I can take.

Have you read this book? Is it worth reading?

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  1. I read another of Pool’s books: “What Jane Austen Ate…”. They’re interesting, but you do have to slog at times.


  2. Smiley Woman says:

    No, I haven’t. Can’t help you this time… The thing is that after reading so much shit from my Masters what you wrote sounded pretty “easy” and interesting… what are they doing to me???!!!


  3. Stitchywitchy says:

    Maybe I don’t want to be that literate after all.
    Was the Victorian attention span longer than mine?


  4. Katie – The books sound dangerously similar. This one barely acknowledges the existence of Jane Austen, so I’m assuming he used up all his Austen research in the first book. But this one is Dickens heavy, and surely he’d covered Dickens before. Huh.

    Smiley Woman – This sentence worried me because it’s toooo loooooong and doesn’t have enough punctuation; I was afraid the whole book was this poorly written. But no, the writing got much better.

    All that Masters reading is stretching your brain! You’re getting smarter by the minute. ;)

    Stitchywitchy – After an almost painfully self-indulgent opening and some truly rotten sentences, the book got a lot better. Worth skimming for interesting words or anecdotes about favorite authors, if nothing else.


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