Frank'ly Dickens: A Pop Culture Myth Reinvents Itself

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Press: Xlibris; First Edition edition (January 4, 2005)
ISBN:9781413464313
Author Name:Vinci, Patricia A.
Pages:128
Language:English

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¿Frank'ly Dickens¿ is based on comparative stories taken from the lives of Charles Dickens and Frank Sinatra - two men who stand alone in popular culture in their respective representation of the centu

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  •     You are invited to a dance. One dancer is from the 20th century, while the partner is from the 19th Century. The dance will unite the two eras with perfect cadence. The music tells you to "put your dreams away for another day" because you about to experience mythic enchantment. To read this book is, to paraphrase one of its icons, a far, better thing you do than you've ever done.The greatest asset of this book is this: Ms. Vinci does not stetch history to reveal unique links between Charles John Huffman Dickens, of the 19th Century, with Francis Albert Sinatra, of the 20th. She begins, in medias res, with simple, undeniable facts, comparing one to the other, point by point, until her personal symphony has us in its literary and musical grasp.Surprisingly, she can cite events which are exactly one hundred years apart. The events of 1834 remarkably parallel the events of 1934, thanks to her creative research and mythic instincts.Ms. Vinci carves out two parallel worlds, populated by two super-stars "who got the world on a string." (BTW, she cleverly italicizes phrases which link back to Sinatra song titles and/or films in the text.)To cite some of the similarities between the two gentlemen would ruin your reading experience. However, let me whet your interest by the revelation of "just one of those things." Dickens favored the expression "Capital." Ms. Vinci, pushing on The Great Mandella, transports us through the universe, and ties the same word to Sinatra's recording company, which brought him fame and money.Parallel myths, and all that jazz, is serious stuff, one Ms. Vinci balances with wit, insight, and much research. The oracle is told with an intelligent, confident voice. She curls her finger to the reader, and coaxes them down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass, and into a time machine with a flux capacitor. This book is for the reader who seeks originality and a good time.Too often, one hears the quip: "You've got to read this book." Well, in this case, it's true. It's your destiny to read this magnificent and creative book. Rarely will you be witness to such a creative approach to history, myth and just plain vanilla karma.So, "hey there, cutes, put on your Basie boots" and buy this book!!! (And don't tell your Momma.)
  •     You are invited to a dance. One dancer is from the 20th century, while the partner is from the 19th Century. The dance will unite the two eras with perfect cadence. The music tells you to "put your dreams away for another day" because you about to experience mythic enchantment.To read this book is, to paraphrase one of its icons, a far, better thing you do than you've ever done.The greatest asset of this book is this: Ms. Vinci does not stetch history to reveal unique links between Charles John Huffman Dickens, of the 19th Century, with Francis Albert Sinatra, of the 20th. She begins, in medias res, with simple, undeniable facts, comparing one to the other, point by point, until her personal symphony has us in its literary and musical grasp.Surprisingly, she can cite events which are exactly one hundred years apart. The events of 1834 remarkably parallel the events of 1934, thanks to her creative research and mythic instincts.Ms. Vinci carves out two parallel worlds, populated by two super-stars "who got the world on a string." (BTW, she cleverly italicizes phrases which link back to Sinatra song titles and/or films in the text.)To cite some of the similarities between the two gentlemen would ruin your reading experience. However, let me whet your interest by the revelation of "just one of those things." Dickens favored the expression "Capital." Ms. Vinci, pushing on The Great Mandella, transports us through the universe, and ties the same word to Sinatra's recording company, which brought him fame and money.Parallel myths, and all that jazz, is serious stuff, one Ms. Vinci balances with wit, insight, and much research. The oracle is told with an intelligent, confident voice. She curls her finger to the reader, and coaxes them down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass, and into a time machine with a flux capacitor. This book is for the reader who seeks originality and a good time.Too often, one hears the quip: "You've got to read this book." Well, in this case, it's true. It's your destiny to read this magnificent and creative book. Rarely will you be witness to such a creative approach to history, myth and just plain vanilla karma.So, "hey there, cutes, put on your Basie boots" and buy this book!!! (And don't tell your Momma.)
  •     From this moment on (weaving Sinatra song titles into the text is a device the author uses effectively throughout the book), I will not only think differently about Charles Dickens and Frank Sinatra, but about coincidences (the sheer number pointed out is uncanny) in my own life as well. I think most people will. For every Dickensian and every Sinatra fan, this book is a 'must have'. However, I think it has an appeal way beyond that, to the general reader, who is simply interested in reading a fascinating book - one that will keep them turning pages (I sort of slowed down about half way through because I didn't want to run out). No doubt the book will appeal to folks interested in myths and coincidences and Carl Jung, as well.
  •     Kinda wacky....yeah....VERY wacky...Sometimes you shouldn't write down your thoughts...this book is one of those times!
 

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