"Why I hoarded up this wretched little rag of the robe of hope that was rent and given to the winds, how do I know! Why did you who read this, commit that not dissimilar inconsistency of your own, last year, last month, last week?"
( Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, page 348, Penguin Classics, 1994).
It's one of my set books for my next course - Literature - at the Open University. It doesn't begin until the end of September but there's a lot of reading to be done during the course and I thought I'd spend as much time as possible making a head start.
When I saw it was this particular Dickens on the reading list I wasn't overjoyed as it has never been one of my favourites. But maybe it's because I've changed since I last read it or perhaps it's the benefit of the course I've just finished which dealt a lot with how to read and interpret texts. Anyway, I'm loving it this time round and for anyone interested in the other books I'll be covering, here is a link to what I'll be doing