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Little Dorrit

Dickens, Charles (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Little Dorrit


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Coming to PBS in March 2009-a MasterpieceTM Classic production of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit Charles Dickens 's great satire on poverty, riches, and imprisonment, Little Dorrit is the story of Arthur Clennam, a man whose kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, assures him nothing but trouble. Her father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, has long been imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is a supreme work of Dickens's maturity. .
Authors: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Title: Little Dorrit
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2009
Edition: Rev. ed
Characteristics: 924 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Dickens ; notes by Stephen Wall and Helen Small
Notes: "Now a companion edition to Masterpiece on PBS"--Cover
Additional Contributors: Small, Helen
Wall, Stephen
ISBN: 0143115871
9780143115878
Branch Call Number: FICTION DICKENS 2009
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Report This Feb 17, 2012
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Recently returned to London after spending twenty years abroad working in China, Arthur Clennam finds himself taking an interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and her father, William Dorrit, a long-time inmate, due to his debts, in the Marshalsea Prison. As Arthur befriends Little Dorrit, he encounters a wide cast of characters on whom the shadow of the Marshalsea falls. While there are dark and conniving characters and others whom are simply superficial and flawed, Little Dorrit remains constant and is the impetus for far more changes in his life than Arthur ever could have imagined. Charles Dickens, for all his flaws, knew how to create a compelling novel. While there's no denying that he created some hefty tomes (my edition of the novel comes in at 860 pages), they are filled with rich characters and expansive and intricately detailed plots. In this novel, Dickens begins with a mystery that slowly unravels over the course of the narrative, shedding new light on relationships and characters but always leaving the reader wondering just where the plot might be going. The characters are vivid from Amy Dorrit's diminutive stature to Pancks and his hair that defies gravity to Rigaud with his terrifying smile. And while Little Dorrit is very demure as all of Dickens' idealized heroines are, she still has an independent spirit that is never quite subdued regardless of her circumstance. In addition to the plots and characters, Dickens includes some truly delightful turns of phrase. His wit comes through in a multitude of places, whether he be ranting about the general ineffectualness of government or describing a character with a healthy dose of snark. Full of sympathetic characters and a plot that pulls you on to discover what will happen to all of them, Little Dorrit also explores the long-term effects of imprisonment and poverty on the psyche with pathos. A delight throughout, the novel will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you reach the final page.

Report This Sep 28, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this book, it's now one of my favourites. All the subplots get nicely tied up, which is always important to me. This is my first Dickens book, and I hope all the other ones are like this.

Report This Sep 03, 2011
  • pentmm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Love the wit of Dickens! *for those who don't care for reading...the BBC adaptation is faithful to the book. Of course there are a few things out of order and slightly different, but over all well done.

Report This Feb 21, 2011
  • rwcobur rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really had trouble following all the sub-plots. It was good to read other reviews on the book because I think a 2nd reading would have been required to get a full understanding of all the sub-plots. I still enjoyed the book immensely and will read it again. I watched the BBC drama of Little Dorrit and I am reading the book for the second time and enjoying it even more. The governments of today seem little changed from that of Dickens time.

Report This May 28, 2010
  • 22950006606826 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Dickens' writing. I highly recommend this book.

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