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Little Dorrit (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Another great Dicken's classic!

I first encountered Charles Dickens in high school. My first Dicken's book was A Tale of Two Cities. This book made a lasting impression in me of the gifted writer's genius and ability to reach the heart with a great story, masterfully told. After I read this book, I fe...
I first encountered Charles Dickens in high school. My first Dicken's book was A Tale of Two Cities. This book made a lasting impression in me of the gifted writer's genius and ability to reach the heart with a great story, masterfully told. After I read this book, I felt encouraged to find other books by Dickens, and through the years have worked my way through most of his titles.

Dickens will challenge you. His books are not "light reading". But if you devote yourself to reading them, you will find rich rewards. His pace in introducing characters is slow and he seems to savor the development of his characters. He takes the time to flesh them out and to slowly build suspense and curiosity in the reader's mind of the fate of his heroes and heroines. I have found that it takes me about 1/3 of the book before I am fully acquainted with the full cast of characters and their place in the story. But this slow development is to be savored and enjoyed, rather than fought.

As you read, you will find yourself learning a good deal of classical literature and how well read the typical 19th century reader was! I found the end notes very informative, and book marked that section of the book for easy reference as I read. In doing so, not only did I enjoy the story, but I enhanced my education as I read. In addition, I often referred to the list of characters in the front of the book, as some of the more minor characters take some time to get to know.

Little Dorrit is a story that enchanted me. I found myself taken a way to a world of debtor's prisons, family obligations, love, humor, and intrigue. I got angry at some characters, and longed for others to be rescued. Mysteries drove me forward through the book to find their solutions, and in the end, I was very satisfied. This book made me think, and I know I am the better for having read it. Although Little Dorrit was not my favorite of the Dicken's novels, it is a strong book that I will read again, which, for me, is the mark of a truly good book.

posted by Susuford on May 14, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Misprints and formatting errors yank you out of the narrative

This book is frought with misprints and formatting errors. One would be better served by buying a more thoughtfully digitized ebook version to actually enjoy Dickens' work.
The ebook deserves 2 stars solely on the basis of it being free and the content of the original b...
This book is frought with misprints and formatting errors. One would be better served by buying a more thoughtfully digitized ebook version to actually enjoy Dickens' work.
The ebook deserves 2 stars solely on the basis of it being free and the content of the original book.

posted by 13095530 on February 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    FORCEMATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stormstar of Lightningclan at tempest result one. Careful she does bite you know. Reward 25 rabbits if done very soon or 10 rabbits if later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2011

    contains NO INTRODUCTION as advertised

    Classic Dickens style, I enjoyed the book. A bit disappointed that this Nook version does not actually contain the introduction that it claims.

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