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Kindle Edition published 2016-01-12
Bestseller ranking: 757432

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With the odd disappearance of her parents, Gussie Gibson has lived her entire life with her granny on a peaceful pecan orchard, owned by the meanest man in all of Georgia—Mr. J.P. Combs. Granny teaches Gussie many valuable life lessons as a black woman growing up in the still-segregated south. Mr. Combs is an evil underhanded banker who takes liberties beyond his privilege. When Granny dies, Combs informs Gussie she owes him back rent—but he wants much more than money for payment—and more than Gussie can live with.
After defending herself against his sexual advances, Gussie flees to escape certain vigilante justice when she meets a charming, handsome stranger, Sam Johnson, who is just returning from World War II.
Gussie and Sam’s friendship is short-lived when Mr. Combs hunts her down and drags her back to Green Ridge, driven by his craving for revenge and a grudge too deep to comprehend. Gussie fights to return to Sam and his lo...

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Offline EDDIEO

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What The Dickens!
« on: August 03, 2017, 02:53:19 AM »
Plot or character?

Actually you need both, to make a great novel.

Getting the mix right is the hard part. Dickens is arguably the greatest creator of memorable, modern characters. Think about, Fagin, Scrooge, Uriah Heep, Miss Havisham, Mr Micawber et al. (Shakespeare might have a say in the best characters of all time too)

Stephen King is my current favourite for characters.

And of all three of the authors mentioned, is plot anything more than a tool to play with their characters, in any of their works?

Indeed, is plot ever more than a device to wrap your characters around?

Dickens' characters are still well know and loved after 150 years. However, if you read the unabridged novels they are really hard work. Dickens spends three pages describing a character and it's too much for me.

The modern adage is "Show not tell" and Dickens does show in great detail why we should love, hate, fear and empathise with these giants of literary creation.

Of course, his writing was of it's time and I understand that.

What never changes for writers is breaking the story and using the characters to make the plot zing along.

Dickens seems to me, to enjoy taking his young male characters on journeys, which then allows him to introduce all of his wonderful character creations. (IE: Oliver Twist, meets The Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Bill Sykes.

David Copperfield, Pip and Nicholas Nickleby all meet a variety of people on their adventures.

 And here's my question. Did Dickens have anything more than a vague idea of plot in mind for his stories?

Or did he just keep writing until a story of sorts developed and then linked all the bits in to make a story?

Or am I just thinking about my own disorganized style?

So whaddya think? Plot or character?

PM me if you want to review either book
Eddie Owens