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Faithful, Well-Produced Rendering of Dickens,
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This review is from: Little Dorrit Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)
After a single episode of "Little Dorrit," I am convinced of two things: first, the excellence of this BBC adaptation, second, that Charles Dickens, however eminent a writer, irritates me.
Dickens did not write "escapist" literature as that term is commonly understood. His genius was for the exaggerated, the grotesque--for caricature more than character. By the time he began to write he had seen his share of the harsher side of 19th century English life. Debtor's prison, child labor, the fear of destitution that drove so many women like Amy Dorrit to abject dependency on "charitable" social and business connections were all part of his lived experience, and he was determined to portray the social injustice he knew only too well. Perhaps I have seen too much of the harsher side of my own world--the financial and personal ruin of once prosperous friends, the condemnation of well-educated men to menial labor, to tolerate Dickens' unsparing eye.
Conclusion: If you are a Dickens fan, you will find this a treat. If not, keep searching the wilds of Amazon.