Monday, March 25, 2013

Apparently I can …

 … at least three times out of four: Can you spot a Charles Dickens sentence? | Books | (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I've never understood why people have got so down on Bulwer-Lytton because of that notorious sentence of his. What exactly is so bad about it? And imagine if you were a Victorian reader. I suspect it would have sucked you right in. Maybe we should all go out and read The Lat Days of Pompeii. 


  1. I don't think Nige and I are all that far apart, since my point (which I could have made clearer) was that I could well understand how Bulwer-Lytton's contemporaries might find him appealing in a way readers no longer do. I still don't think that the notorious sentence, while certainly pedestrian, is so notably awful. Perhaps there should be a contest in which people re-write the sentence, turning it into what they would prefer (without, of course, entirely discarding its Victorian inflection).