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Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
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May 31, 10

Read in April, 2009

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 Dorrit might have been so good as to be a little irritating, but not so much that I couldn't root for her, and there were enough villains and decent people trying to do what's right to keep me interested. Then the latter 300-400 pages jumped, as they say, the shark. What a disappointment! Overwrought ending, even by Dickensian standards, clumsy, creaking with the weight of machinery. So disappointing!
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