Going to the Dickens

I have never read anything by Charles Dickens. The closest I ever came was playing Young Scrooge in a production of The Christmas Carol (many years ago - Dickens was probably still living). 

I have decided this is the year to correct this oversight, and I am looking for recommendations. Anyone have any favorites?  Other than Christmas Carol.

 

 

 

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Ken Hartke on Friday, 05 January 2018 16:33

Happy reading -- there's a lot to choose from. I had to read Great Expectations and Tale of Two Cities in school and still remember most of both books. Both were written later in his career. Oliver Twist is an early book. I tried to read Bleak House but gave it up. So many have been made into movies or mini-series that you probably have seen. He wrote a bunch of short stories, like Christmas Carol, that are less known. American Notes is a travelogue of his trip to the USA in the 1840s. Most, maybe all, of his major writing is online. Check Project Gutenberg.

Happy reading -- there's a lot to choose from. I had to read Great Expectations and Tale of Two Cities in school and still remember most of both books. Both were written later in his career. Oliver Twist is an early book. I tried to read Bleak House but gave it up. So many have been made into movies or mini-series that you probably have seen. He wrote a bunch of short stories, like Christmas Carol, that are less known. American Notes is a travelogue of his trip to the USA in the 1840s. Most, maybe all, of his major writing is online. Check Project Gutenberg.
Rosy Cole on Friday, 05 January 2018 21:05

Are you sure you want to read Dickens? You can't skip all the narrative with him! He's much dramatised, but hardly the postage stamp playwright's choice :-)

Are you sure you want to read Dickens? You can't skip all the narrative with [i]him[/i]! He's much dramatised, but hardly the postage stamp playwright's choice :-)
Stephen Evans on Friday, 05 January 2018 22:22

Thank you! Ken has reminded me that I read A Tale of Two Cities in school. I am moving on to Carson McCullers :)

However, I am adding Bleak House to my list of unreadable books that I must try, right after The Magic Mountain.

Thank you! Ken has reminded me that I read [i]A Tale of Two Cities[/i] in school. I am moving on to Carson McCullers :) However, I am adding [i]Bleak House[/i] to my list of unreadable books that I must try, right after [i]The Magic Mountain[/i].
Katherine Gregor on Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:41

I haven't yet been able to read a Dickens novel in ful (shame on me).

May I recommend a wonderful New Year story? THE CHIMES. The first couple of pages alone is a joy. About the sounds a wind makes when trapped in a church...

I haven't yet been able to read a Dickens novel in ful (shame on me). May I recommend a wonderful New Year story? THE CHIMES. The first couple of pages alone is a joy. About the sounds a wind makes when trapped in a church...
Stephen Evans on Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:37

Thank you! That sounds just my style :)

Thank you! That sounds just my style :)
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