Posted by Linden on August 26, 1998 at 19:39:00:
In response to my favorite Dickens, written by Olivia Ann on August 26, 1998 at 09:06:35
] Personally, I found it very hard to get started in Dickens, but once I got halfway through I usually found that I enjoyed it. David Copperfield was the only one I started that I simply couldn't finish. A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, and Little Dorrit are my favorites. I also liked Hard Times and Great Expectations.
Bleak House is my favourite: it's got a good mystery, plenty of Dickens' wonderful characters, and a growing sense of gloom.
Plus, in Esther Summerson, Dickens managed to give us one of the very few of those sweet, innocent 19th century heroines who is actually likeable these days (possibly because he wrote her in the first person, and couldn't resist giving her some of his own wit: eg the line where she meets an ageing, fat Regency model of deportment, and she says that when he bowed she could almost see his eyeballs crease!)
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