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World Book Club: Great Expectations

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

World Book Club: Great Expectations

In honor of Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, the BBC's World Book Club invitied acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin to talk to Harriett Gilbert about Dickens’ novel Great Expectations with actor Simon Callow, famed for his portrayal of Dickens. Dickens’ popularity extends throughout the world but India’s love for Dickens is likely the strongest.

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Dickens and India: Mutual Friends

In this special from the BBC, Indian born writer Ayeesha Menon explores India’s love affair with Dickens.  India loves Dickens because India today feels what Dickens was writing about then. His themes deeply resonate with Indians: the importance of extended family, familial bonds, the rich-poor divide, child labour, domestic violence, social injustice and stratification, and the plight of the deprived and displaced.

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