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Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
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Oct 02, 10

bookshelves: classics, fiction
Read in September, 2010

I started reading Little Dorrit because the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation on public TV was leaving out important information, and I wanted to know what happened. Plus, I've always meant to read more Dickens beyond A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, and Great Expectations. Little Dorrit did not disappoint. It has Dickens' usual blend of lovable, despicable, selfless, greedy, monstrous, noble, and humorous characters, set against the backdrops of gaslit London, the dismal Marshalsea Prison, the relentlessly bureaucratic Circumlocution Office, and scenic Venice. Fortunes made and lost, love spurned and found, ancient secrets unearthed. Once again, two minor characters steal every scene: Mr. Pancks, who is right up there with Mr. Wemmick, and Young John, the most pathetic and noble character I ever wept for.
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