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Google Doodle

February 7, 2012

I absolutely loved today’s Google Doodle.

Google celebrated the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens by dedicating a Google Doodle showcasing the characters from the famous Dickens Novels. Anyone who had read the David CopperField or Christmas Carol would be able to identify with some of characters shown in the doodle, but I have to admit, I had to consult the Google Book Blog to identify the entire list of the characters. We have Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in the front and center; doodle also includes Estella and Pip from Great Expectations, Oliver and his friends from Oliver Twist, and Charles Darnay from A Tale of Two Cities. What I particularly liked about the doodle was the background showcasing a London Street, complete with lamp posts, buildings, windows, et all. Makes you dream about the Victorian era; just as you had imagined it while you were reading many of those Dickens Novels.

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, was published in serial format, with successive installments appearing each month. Many of his early novels were released in this manner – and Dickens began work on Oliver Twist while in the middle of The Pickwick Papers. He was one of the most influential writers of 19th century English literature and his works include classics such as A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend. David CopperField is considered his most autobiographical novel and the first Dickens novel to be written in first person narration.

The Charles Dickens’ novels that I enjoyed reading thoroughly were David Copperfield and Christmas Carol. Which is your favourite Dickens’ novel?


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