19 Jul

Michael Cox (1948-2009) The Meaning of Night [it wasn’t until he knew he was going blind and dying that he was galvanized into completing a book he had been writing for thirty years] “Over the years I would return to the book, draft sections, plan, research, redraft, discard but the novel as a whole remained a disorganized set of ideas and possibilities. I simply could not charge the thing up, until……” These words, by Michael Cox, was my introduction to him as a writer. There was an immediate kinship, and I knew I just had to read the book to which he was referring. Against my better judgment, I became extraordinarily swallowed-up and addicted to the murderer, transgressing the boundaries into a Gothic Victorian where Cox simply broke all the rules;

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) The Mystery of Edwin Drood [something happened to Dickens during a train crash. Some say he lost his sanity. Thereafter, he never completed another book, leaving as his epitaph, (this) one unfinished manuscript]. Who breathing, does not know Charles Dickens? Great major works such as Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, both read and loved, but it wasn’t until I learned about the Staplehurst rail crash (1865), that I fully immersed myself in his life and the intriguing prequel that consumed Dickens to his death.


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