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Little Dorrit Paperback – Jan 27 2004
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Because his novels are so long, I've avoided reading many of Charles Dickens' novels until quite recently. I'm working with a number of budding novelists, and it occurred to me that it would be good to study all of the novels.
Little Dorrit turned out to be a delightful surprise. I found the book to be far more appealing than many of the author's more famous novels. The novel features not one, but two, memorable characters: Amy Dorrit who was born in London's Marshalsea debtors' prison, and Arthur Clennam who seeks to ease the difficulties experienced by the Dorrit family through the father's long imprisonment.
Seldom do today's books contain characters that provide good examples of right living. This book abounds in them. I won't mention who they are, lest I give away the plot.
While you might not think that debtors' prison would make a worthy subject, remember that Dickens loved to draw contrasts between the top and the bottom of English society. In this case, those who are in charge of the government and "society" are what the Bible would call the poor in spirit, rather than the poor in economic terms. Pride, influence, and power are the coins of the realm that they can never get enough of.
The book also contains some of the best satire I've ever read about government red tape and general humbug. Dickens lays in on thick, but he'll have you nodding your head, I'm sure.
Another major theme involves how values determine how life is lived, and the quality of character.Read more ›
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Words will simply not come to describe this wonderful book. I can only say that if you love the classics you will love the characters in this wonderful book.Published on July 20 2013 by Donna Ackert
This novel does not rank among Dickens' most famous ... probably because it simply is not one of the best.
The plot is completely unrealistic and convoluted. Read more
Little Dorrit is frustrating and uplifting to read (usually not at the same time) but Dickens ultimately comes through and makes a story out of it. Read morePublished on June 25 2010 by Rodge
Little Dorritt was born at Marshalsea-the debtors prison. Her father is something of an informal mayor ('father') of the place, and everyone imprisoned there pays him homage-and... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Ted
This was a mandatory reading for a Literary Theory class and I must say, at first, I was less than pleased. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Fitzgerald Fan
With Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens touched upon a subject near and dear to his own heart; that of having a father who was incarcerated in Debtor's Prison. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by B. Morse
Almost as good as Bleak House. Two shortcomings, though. One, the poetry of the language never reaches the same heights. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002
this is a novel about disappointment. almost every character is unhappy about his lot in life: clennan about his lost youth, lost loves; mrs clennan about her marriage; william... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2002