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La piccola Dorrit (New Century Library - The Works of Charles Dickens Vol. XII)

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Amy, la devota figlia del vecchio William Dorrit, si prende cura del padre rinchiuso da molti anni per debiti nella prigione londinese di Marshalsea. La piccola Dorrit è segretamente innamorata del giovane amico di famiglia Arthur Clennam, ma una improvvisa eredità cambierà completamente le cose... In questo romanzo, scritto tra il 1855 e il 1857, il grande scrittore ingle...more
Paperback, ET Classici, 1028 pages
Published 2007 by Einaudi (first published 1857)
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Stas'
A forgotten classic, hidden among so many other fine works that Chuck produced. I laughed, I cried and I nearly peed myself because I refused to put the book down.

It has been clinically proven that those who find Dickens too maudlin or sentimental are either emotionally stunted or full-on cold hearted sociopaths. Clinically proven.

Not suprisingly, Kafka loved this book what with the Circumlocution Office and the strange almost alternate reality of Marshalsea Debtors Prison. If you have never re...more
B0nnie
Little Dorrit is a wonderful comic novel. Within these gentle pages are:
-a severely brain damaged woman who was beaten and neglected by her alcoholic mother
-a bitter old lady who just sits in a room for 15 years
-evil twin brothers
-an abusive husband who beats and torments his wife
-spoiled twin sisters, one who kicks it early and is replaced by a resentful orphan
-an innocent man rotting away in prison for years
-children who are born and raised in prison
-a suicide
-a murder
-in articulo mortis m...more
MJ Nicholls
Having not fallen fully under the sway of Dickens’s longest, Bleak House, we’re back to the savagely impressive corkers with this satirical and tender effort from the Immortal Blighty Scribe (IBS—unfortunate acronym). On a less grandiose scale than the preceding tome, Little Dorrit is much quieter, funnier, more powerfully affecting novel throughout than BH. In two parts, Poverty & Riches, the novel charts the progress of Amy Dorrit, (the token spirit of purity and goodness), and her family...more
Alasse
I have a really close friend - let's call him Charlie. Charlie began college at 18, like most of us did. Then he sort of started drifting, and his friends began to suspect he wasn't sitting his exams. The years went by, and gradually they began to realize he wasn't even enrolling. He just avoided the issue, or made such an elaborate pretense of being terribly busy during exam season, they tacitly left the whole thing alone. To this day, he hasn't officially quit university or laid out any altern...more
Christopher H.
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens is arguably one of the very best fiction books I've read in my entire life. I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone. It was captivating, engaging, and at times humorous, and at other times sad; with romance, mystery, and intrigue. Dickens' plotting is amazing, his characters intriguing, and his descriptions solidly place you in the midst of London in the Victorian Age in all social classes. The message and moral tone of this novel is so incredibly ap...more
Laura
For years I thought this book was some sort of a universal joke, because at the end of Evelyn Waugh's novel, A Handful of Dust, one of the characters ends up trapped in a jungle by a madman who forces the character to read Little Dorrit aloud — I figured this was clearly meant to be a fate worse than death. Turns out, however, that Little Dorrit was merely an appropriate choice because of its themes of imprisonment, delusion, and reversals of fortune. Ah ha!

Little Dorrit (the character) is the d...more
Sunday
Well, rub me with butter and call me a pancake. I lost my shit with 5-stars worth of merriment; Little Dorrit was incredible.

You don't even know what this book has in it. Just to name a few: gondola chases, miracles, prisons, people named Tite Barnacle, dog murders, crazy exes, and I'm about 99% sure this book had lesbians. And DICKENS. I mean, we all loved A Christmas Carol, but LITTLE DORRIT. To my satisfaction, there was even a ghost. Complete.

I've heard there has been a resurgence in Dickens...more
Mark
Good god, was this a snoozer. I love Charles Dickens like nobody's business, but this book was about 600 pages longer than it needed to be. If he was getting paid by the page, I'm not hatin', but it seemed to drag on and on and on without really going anywhere.

Little Dorrit herself is a really boring character because she is a meek little Mary Sue whose entire personality consists of being weak, submissive, and a pushover to everybody else.

The plot is kind of vague and poorly defined and goes...more
Ayu Palar
People may say that I am such a huge fan of Charles Dickens. Yes, I am, but at the same time I also have to be objective in reading and criticizing his works. This year I have gained back my love for Dickens’ novels. It started with The Mystery of Edwin Drood. With its bleak atmosphere, it has brought me back to the world of Dickens. Finishing it, I wanted some more of Dickens. Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend then charmed me with their own significant way. However, Little Dorrit does not do th...more
Apatt
Little Dorrit is one of the less reviewed Dickens, it is clearly not “up there” with Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and whatnot. I wish I could advance a theory as to why but I can’t because Little Dorrit really does deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as those acclaimed titles. Any way, it’s been years since I read a Dickens and it is always nice to pick one up. I just get a kick out of his writing style, the way the prose occasionally switch into a poetic / rhyth...more
Janice
I think I need a break from Dickens. Reading _Little Dorrit_ after _Dombey and Son_, and within months of finishing _Bleak House_ has made me frustrated with his ideal female character. He uses the phrase "active submission" to describe Amy Dorrit, but it could be equally applied to Esther or Florence, characters whose main virtue is waiting without complaint for their objects of devotion to treat them properly, and for their lives to be less miserable. _Little Dorrit_ and _Dombey and Son_ both...more
Kimber
How I loved this book. Dickens is amazing, although, I admit, he is incredibly verbose in this book! But the thing is, I ENJOYED every minute of the verbosity! His sentences are just crammed with meaning. Every paragraph is a sermon on human behavior. He paints each character as a particular human trait. For instance, the character in this book who is torn between being good or evil is a twisted man, literally. His body leans to the side, his head bends over, even his mouth is rather hideously t...more
Julie Davis
Casting around for something to listen to but in a weird frame of mind ... I began trying out books read by some of my favorite LibriVox readers, as well as those recommended in the comments. Then I got to Mil Nicholson who reads Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. I have been longing to read it for some time.

And I fell in love. Her reading is simply superb. It also is wonderfully supplemented by my reading the print copy. This allows for a slow, rich reading, which is not my usual style at all b...more
James
It is a rather mixed bag of mystery and intrigue between characters both well-off and not. The theme of prisons and imprisonment permeates this book with the title character residing with her family in the infamous "Marshalsea" prison for the first part of the book. The main plot is focused on the efforts of Arthur Clennam to assist Little (Amy) Dorrit's family in paying their debts so as to escape the prison and Arthur's own quest to solve the mystery of his family & identity. The Dorrits s...more
Jean
Little Dorrit is a novel of family loyalty. We follow the paths of three families, and rub shoulders with a few others as well. Our three primary households are the Dorrits, the Clennams, and the Meagles.

Little Amy Dorrit is the child of the Marshalsea debtors prison. She was born there and lived there with her father and two siblings, Fanny and Edward, for her entire early life. Once grown, Fanny and Edward leave the prison, but Little Dorrit stays on to support her father. Amy is the perfect d...more
Eddie Watkins
I was reading a book of conversations with the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead and in it he actually said that Dickens was a hack writer, and I think back in the 20's or 30's when these conversations took place that might've been the consensus opinion.

But what malarkey!
What balderdash!
What unmitigated posh and drivel!

Yes, his characters are more often than not cartoonish.
Yes, he can ooze sentimentality from even his schnozz pores. Yes, saccharine notions of love and loyalty were the air...more
Leslie
More complex than my other favorite Dickens novels (and less adventure) but what a wonderful story! And of course, the many eccentric characters which Dickens excelled at - Miss Wade (who epitomizes the phrase "a chip on the shoulder"), Mr. Dorrit (the "father of the Marshalsea"), the Bosom (!! otherwise known as Mrs. Merdles), Affrety... I could go on and on. I can see that some readers would not care for this, especially the ending but I like the way Dickens always gives us that happy ending.
Melanie
So, Jeanne and I were going to London and doing some of the study-abroad course she had designed, including a visit to Dickens' house and a meal at an old inn where they eat in "Little Dorrit." What better than to read along? For the first 400-500 pages, I couldn't believe how good it was--compelling major characters, the usual band of interesting minor types, the absurdity of debtor's prison (once you're in, how are you supposed to earn the money to pay your debt?) and the legal system. Amy Dor...more
Clare Cannon
What a wonderful book to read at a leisurly pace, savouring the subtly humourous commentary on human beings and their daily struggles in 19th century England. The complexity of his characters is so rich, each one responding to their circumstances at various points along the way between self interest and true selflessness. Even the simpler ones show a strength of character that - at least for me - brings tears to the eyes.
Joy C.
I really enjoyed reading 'Little Dorrit'! - in fact I have come away with a whole new appreciation for the writing and talent of Charles Dickens, with his talents for storytelling, plots, characters, satire and drama. While this story suffers in the way of plot in comparison to some of his other works, Dickens weaves his plots nonetheless like a master weaver, pulling threads here and there, colours from east and west, from London, Venice and Paris, the depressing cloisters of the Marshelsea, Bl...more
K.
I love Dickens. Any and all.

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Read with Victorians! Jan 2011. Just reminds me how much I love Dickens.

As I began this, the tone of it made me wonder and I had to look up a list of Dickens' works to see where this one fell. It sounded darker, more cynical, more like "Hard Times" to me than the more lighthearted and sarcastic things like "Oliver." It was indeed published just after "Hard Times." Funny, then I read on a Dickens site the very same observation.

I actually like the tone of the later...more
Joanna Sundby
I read this book when I was 12. I never cried so hard, and ached so much or loved any heroine Like Amy Dorrit. It wasn't until I became an adult that I understood that Dickens had nailed the character of the dutiful daughter who is caregiver to her parent, and he had described my life for me. The debtors prison, the Marshalsea, is such a perfect metaphor for the debt such a parent owes. The hubris of the newly released and wealthy Mr Dorrit, mid book, is so typical of the gratitude the child get...more
S.
Reading Little Dorrit is like having your own portable fireplace to cozy up to. It’s also huge, like a log or a brick. At 1,000 pages, if you set it on fire, it would burn for a long time. But I don’t mean it that way. I mean reading Little Dorrit makes you want to take off your shoes, don your housecoat and lean way the hell over the open pages, soaking up all that homey tenderness.

Reading Little Dorrit is like suffering the ritual of birthday cake. It’s also enormous like cake is enormous, hea...more
Rauf
Jul 18, 2009 Rauf rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strictly for people who can't go on living without Charles Dickens
1. I bought Little Dorrit almost a decade ago. I remembered I just read Oliver Twist and when I went to the bookstore I just lunged for the thickest Dickens book on the shelf. How effing stupid was that? I had tried to read this twice before. Always gave up before the hundredth page. I don't really know why I was so driven to finish it this time. Could be just to tell Atchoo what Blandois's motive is :P

2. I don't have a favorite character. Blandois didn't show up often enough and he didn't cause...more
Mike
Dickens' most challenging and troubling book. Interesting to re-read it while Wall Street is falling apart for some of the same reasons: vastly over-leveraged capital and Ponzi schemes.

Although it's customary to write about Dickens' anger towards the debtors' prisons, I've always found Dickens' depiction of Marshalsea Prison somewhat soft-focused. I wouldn't want to live there, but it could be (and certainly was) much worse. What I find chilling is the way William Dorritt manipulates social conv...more
♪ Kim
I got bogged down about half-way through the book and considered putting it on my “try-again-later” shelf. But I realized there was little chance I’d pick it back up again and so decided today to push through to the end.

I hadn’t read a Dickens novel in many years, so I’d forgotten how long and convoluted and melodramatic they could be. But none of those things is the reason I wasn’t enjoying it. After all, one of my favorite books of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo, which is just as convol...more
bookyeti
1820's rags-to-riches tale, Dickens style

Where most books develop one puzzle piece at a time, Dickens' novels are comprised of large pieces that are gradually deconstructed into tiny individual parts, scattered with wild abandon, and then slowly reconstructed methodically until the final puzzle is complete. Little Dorrit is no exception to this Dickensian template.

A sardonic social lampoon and a searing satire at bureaucracy’s expense, Little Dorrit serves as Dickens’ analysis of society at the...more
Melissa (ladybug)
Oct 31, 2012 Melissa (ladybug) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Charles Dickens Fans, Classic Book Lovers
I hadn't known that Charles Dickens' father had been imprisoned in the Marshalsea, at one time, when Dickens was a child. While reading this book is when I found out. This made the book much more realistic and interesting for me. Dickens was writing what he knew. This is what distinguishes between just a good book and a classic (which I can say this is a classic).

The summary found at Goodreads tells us that:
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interes
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Tanya
...in whom had I watched patience, self-denial, self-subdual, charitable construction, the noblest generosity of the affections?

I solemnly and sincerely affirm Dickens cast a spell on me. Being immersed in the Dickensian atmosphere I am now reluctant to leave.
Little Dorrit was a delight to read. Complex rather than complicated plot, compelling, vivid, memorable characters, virtuous and vicious, fully developed and equally important.
Amy Dorrit - "little, quiet, fragile" , "a slender child in b...more
Karen
Corruption; inept officialdom; capitalism, the pretensions of social class and status: few elements of Victorian life seem to escape Dickens' scrutiny in Little Dorrit.

Published in monthly instalments between 1855 and 1857, first reactions from the critics were not very favourable. They completely overlooked the social critique element and focused their attention instead on what they considered an unnecessarily incoherent plot and insubstantial, two-dimensional figures. Fortunately the mid twen...more
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A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awarenes...more
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