Why Great Novels Are Not Written by 10-Year-Olds

And look upon us, angels of young children, with regards not quite estranged, when the swift river bears us to the ocean.
— Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son

And so, on page 243 of a 900-page novel, the 6-year-old Son referred to in the title dies!

“So what’s the rest of the book going to be about?” I wonder aloud.

“Your butt,” my son suggests.

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