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Miércoles, 30 de mayo de 2007 - 11:07 GMT
El mundo de Dickens
Gerald Dickens, el tataranieto del escritor Charles Dickens, con su hija, Jasmine, de 13 años, y su hijo Cameron, de 8 años en "Dickenslandia".
Gerald Dickens, el tataranieto del escritor Charles Dickens, con su hija Jasmine y su hijo Cameron en "Dickenslandia".

Dickens World

A $120m theme park that celebrates the life and writings of Charles Dickens has opened in Britain. It's built on derelict docks just east of London where Dickens lived for a time as a child. This report from Lawrence Pollard:

One of Britain's greatest ever writers, Charles Dickens is most associated with Victorian London and in particular the misery and poverty we call Dickensian, so he hasn't - up until now - been much used as a literary brand. Now on an industrial estate in the rather run down town of Chatham in Kent where the writer grew up, Dickens World is opening, a theme park dedicated, so it says, to giving a flavour of life in Dicken's England.

The centrepiece is a boat ride through an elaborate interactive stage set of picturesque slums and their associated smells, to conjure up an illusion of real Victorian life - and misery. It's ignited a familiar debate of entertainment versus education. While critics have attacked the trivialisation of Dickens's legacy, the organisers reply that the writer was a great popular entertainer who would have heartily approved of such a theme park.

The critics say the real Dickens experience is in the books - and trips down fake Victorian sewers won't get people reading. But it is of course ultimately a business proposition, investing 120 million dollars, and predicting 300,000 visitors a year. That shows a lot of confidence in both the pulling power of Dickens and of theme park versions of misery and poverty.

Lawrence Pollard, BBC

VOCABULARY

associated with
asociado o vinculado con

a literary brand
marca comercial asociada con un escritor muy conocido

giving a flavour of life
dar el sabor y experiencia (de la Gran Bretaña decimonónica que Dickens describió en sus cuentos)

centrepiece
la mayor atracción

to conjure up
hacer aparecer como por arte de magia

ignited a familiar debate
desató un viejo debate

trivialisation
trivialización

legacy
legado

heartily
sinceramente y con entusiasmo

the pulling power
la fuerza y atracción (de Dickens)



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