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Little Dorrit. By Charles Dickens. Paperback – December 22, 2005
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What are the keynotes for Anton Lesser's reading of Dickens's classic 1855-57 serial novel? Enthusiasm is one. Lesser's voice carries an excited thrill as scenes unfold the drama of Arthur Clennan's interest in William Dorrit, imprisoned for debt, and in Dorrit's children, who have grown up in the Marshalsea prison. One of these children is the kind and openhearted Amy, the title character. Another keynote is respect. Dickens's book runs close to 1,000 pages, so even an abridgment is long, yet Lesser lavishes care on every sentence. His pacing is wonderful and captures the suspense and charm of Dickens's masterful storytelling down to each colorful minor character, as memorably personalized by Lesser. --G.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The classic, definitive, world-famous Nonesuch Press edition of 1937, finally available again and bound in leather and linen. The text in these stunning volumes is taken from the 1867 Chapman and Hall edition, which became known as the Charles Dickens edition and was the last edition to be corrected by the author himself. The Nonesuch edition contains full-color illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour, and George Cattermole.
The Nonesuch Dickens reproduces the original elegance of these beautiful editions. Books are printed on natural cream-shade high quality stock, quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker, and feature special printed endpapers. Each volume is wrapped in a protective, clear acetate jacket.
The books are available as individual volumes, or as sets. The six-volume set contains Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Christmas Books, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations together with Hard Times. The three-volume set contains A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit, and The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Arthur is this genuine, sweet, good hearted soul who just wants to do the right things.
Little Dorrit is a sweet girl who does her best for her family.
Fanny Dorrit is living the best life she knows how given a disposition that has become a bit bitter.
William Dorrit is a mixture of pompous conceit and fragile pathetic character.
Pancks is the guy who gets stuck doing the dirty work of another and still turns out to be a good person.
Poor Flora is this utterly silly woman who you can tell from her character has a lot of feeling but has little ability to express those feelings without seeming ridiculous-- there's at least one person in everyone's past who has made them come off a little ridiculous, isn't there?
There are so very many characters I can't give you a sketch of all of them, but I can say that many of them are likable, all of them are relatable in one fashion or another.
I can't say the story is exactly believable. Of course there certainly were debtor's prisons, and very likely Dickens would know more about them than I would, that's not the part I find hard to believe. It's the rich dead uncle that rescued them all that is about as far fetched as the fairy tales of poor young women being found and married to a prince. Still it was an amazingly enjoyable tale and I will have to move on eventually, but not tonight. Tonight I'll immerse myself in this story and let it play on and on.
I have been told this is the closest to an autobiographical novel that Dickens ever wrote. I have also been told this is one of his funniest novels. While I did enjoy its darkish humor, I think of this book as a love story of two people that thought the other was out of their reach. I am happy to tell you this has a successful conclusion but it is a long time coming.
This is the story of Amy Dorrit known as Little Dorrit who was born and lived in debtor’s prison with her father and brother and sister. Her mother was dead. It is also the story of Arthur Clennam who is fascinated by Little Dorrit and seeks to help her in any way he can. There is a huge cast of characters and a storyline that encompasses most of the world before returning to debtor’s prison to end the tale.
The many plots of this tale evolve around a con man, a simple man who becomes rich after spending most of his life behind bars, an honest man who is conned and ends up in debtor’s prison because he will not do a dishonorable thing to save his life. A mother who keeps secrets and feels guilt.
I have never read this book before and I have read most of Dickens works. He is one of my favorite authors and does not disappoint here either. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it.
Other than that, the story is fairly interesting, as is usual for Dickens. There are lots of weird, interesting characters, lots of wry comments on the human condition, especially as it relates to law or government, and so forth. Although there is an orphan in the book, we don't realize it until 80% of the way through, and then, she's not exactly a major character, although an important one. We do, however, get our fair share of eccentric old maids, grifters, ne'er-do-wells, shady lawyers and all the other characters who make up Dickens' menagerie, and of course, a couple of poor but extremely good hearted people.
While this is not my favorite Dickens book by a long shot, it is still well worth reading.
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I enjoyed half of this book, specifically Volume I, and found many of the characters entertaining. Mr.Read more