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David Nicholls, author of the hit novel One Day, has always loved Dickens's novel. As the film version is about to be released, he reveals how he set about his adaptation
Read a book at the right age and it will stay with you for life. For some people it's Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but for me it is Great Expectations. I first read it at 14 or so and, apart from some infatuations with Orwell, Fitzgerald, Salinger and Hardy, it has remained my favourite novel ever since. By some miracle, a story written in the mid-1850s had captured much of how I felt in a small provincial town at the end of the 1970s.
Yet if I saw myself in the book, it wasn't a particularly flattering portrait. It's clear why a young reader might aspire to be Elizabeth Bennet, but who would want to be Pip Pirrip? »
- David Nicholls
After a long and arduous wait, enduring the perils of March Madness, our intrepid heroes have returned to us. And not a moment too soon. I was in serious withdrawals. And who wouldn't be? Person of Interest (TV) continuously raises the bar for themselves and easily vaults over it every week. When last we saw them, Reese (James Caviezel) saved a baby, had some adorable moments, some tearfully tense moments, and made women's ovaries the world over explode with the sight of him trying to figure out a onesie. This week, we discover that the Machine gets confused by identity theft and… oh yeah..... Finch (Michael Emerson) created social media. All of you Twitter/Facebook freaks out there, send him your sacrifices of thanks. The facts are these: The Machine kicks out a number belonging to Jordan Hester – a nice, androgynous name that Finch can make neither heads nor tails »
- email@example.com (Melissa Bijeaux)
In one of his most famous and personal obiter dicta, F Scott Fitzgerald once bitterly observed: "There are no second acts in American lives." The author of The Great Gatsby, arguably the supreme American novel of the 20th century, knew what he was talking about.
Few writers have ever enjoyed a more brilliant first act. Fitzgerald's 1925 debut was sensational in a way that's only possible in a feverish, self-inventing society such as the Us. This Side of Paradise was a first novel whose language, characters and attitude haunted the Jazz Age (Fitzgerald's phrase) like a hit song. A five-year creative spree followed, culminating in the book originally titled "Trimalchio in West Egg". As The Great Gatsby, it was a novel that had awestruck critics, led by the young Ts Eliot, »
- Robert McCrum
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