Nov 30, 07
Read in November, 2007
A classic that I enjoyed start to finish. Great to be reminded of why Dickens is universally regarded as being one of the top twenty authors of all time (and that's being conservative). Yes it's his first novel, yes it was originally published in serial form, so it reads in nice complete thirty page blocks, many of which are comic set pieces. But when he sends you off on a detour to describe something, you know you can relax and go along for the ride--you are in the hands of a master, and you will be paid off. Nobody describes and establishes a minor character as lovingly, efficiently, or indelibly as Dickens. I was sorry when it ended.