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Great Expectations
I see more in this book each time I read it. Class distinctions, friendships, character development, sin, repentance, forgiveness, redemption--all are...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
The Pickwick Papers (Everyman's Library)
I had a hard time when I first tried to read this first of Dickens' novels, but now that I have read all the others I thoroughly enjoyed this time thr...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Bleak House
"Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Like Miss Flit...more
Sep 14, 2014
Jun 18, 2009
Barnaby Rudge
When a witless young man and his witty pet raven get swept into the furor of the Gordon "no-Popery" riots in the London of 1780, you can be sure you'r...more
May 29, 2009
May 29, 2009
Martin Chuzzlewit
Dickens's sixth novel gets off to a lumbering start, stalls in the middle, but ends in a flurry of excitement reminiscent of Shakespeare (Macbeth), Po...more
Sep 30, 2011
Nov 05, 2009
Dombey and Son
Dickens' seventh novel is packed with memorable characters. My favorite, I think, is Captain Cuttle, though perhaps he ties with the amiable and devot...more
May 15, 2009
May 15, 2009
David Copperfield
"I Am Born." it's my birthday-- a great day to start reading David Copperfield again.

Now that I'm finished I can only say that it gets better with ea...more
Oct 2012
May 29, 2012
David Copperfield
I find new things to love about this book each time I read it. A true masterpiece.
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
A Tale of Two Cities
A finely honed masterpiece! I love Dickens' novels, but I do not usually expect them to be as pristine and disciplined and poetic as this work. I was...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
The Old Curiosity Shop
My goal is to read all of Dickens's novels (he wrote 15) in 2009-2010. Some I have read before, but I plan to read them all again. This is my fourth t...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
I didn't finish reading this book because Dickens didn't finish writing it. (He died instead, thus creating a real mystery.) As Chesterton wrote, "And...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Hard Times
Well done, Mr. Dickens! This novel is as scathing an indictment of materialism as anything I have ever read, and in sentences as measured and poetic a...more
May 22, 2009
May 23, 2009
Nicholas Nickleby
A wonderful, multifaceted tale. It occurs to me that Dickens took the form of the eighteenth-century English novelists here and improved on it vastly.
Jun 03, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Little Dorrit
This was my first time to read this book by Dickens. A new treasure discovered.
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
Oliver Twist
A wonderful book wonderfully read by Martin Jarvis.
Feb 04, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
Our Mutual Friend
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
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