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Which Dickens next?

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1Nickelini
mar 3, 2008, 7:17pm

I'm just finished Bleak House, which I really loved, and I read A Christmas Carol years ago. I want to take on another Dickens, but I'm not sure which one. Recommendations? Two caveats: I'd prefer something shorter than Bleak House, and I already own Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Tale of Two Cities. Which one of these would be a good follow up to Bleak House?

2digifish_books
mar 3, 2008, 7:44pm

Nicholas Nickleby, although its only a tad shorter than Bleak House. Otherwise, Great Expectations would be my pick.

3marise
mar 3, 2008, 8:18pm

I second Nicholas Nickleby!!!

4philosojerk
mar 3, 2008, 8:32pm

A Tale of Two Cities - get something exciting in after the lengthy tale that is Bleak House!

6Nickelini
mar 4, 2008, 3:17pm

You guys are great . . . and fast!

I see two votes for the Tale of Two Cities, so I think that I'll tackle that one next because I went out of my way to buy it, and I've started it twice. Nicholas Nickleby I got for free, so I haven't invested anything in it yet. I'll put it second on the list. I see no one suggested Oliver Twist. Poor Oliver. :-)

7mikeepatrick
mar 4, 2008, 4:41pm

Well, Oliver Twist is, imho, a pretty minor work by Dickens. Heck, I'd even be so bold as to say the same thing about Great Expectations, but there are plenty who would disagree with me on that one...

8digifish_books
mar 4, 2008, 6:36pm

I read Oliver Twist right after Bleak House at the end of last year. It was nowhere near as enjoyable. In fact, I found it to be one of CD's more dark and depressing works, and very light-on for humour. Still a worthy book but not his best, in my opinion.

9slickdpdx
mar 4, 2008, 10:44pm

Two Cities is okay...Expectations would be my recommendation based on your criteria.

10tomcatMurr
mar 4, 2008, 11:31pm

Read them all!

11Nickelini
mar 5, 2008, 11:10am

Well, of course I'm going to read them all. But I can't read them all at the same time :-)

12twacorbies
mar 5, 2008, 2:40pm

A Tale of Two Cities is his worst book. The melodrama is cranked up well past 11.

I really want to pick up Martin Chuzzlewitt soon.

13slickdpdx
mar 5, 2008, 3:44pm

#12 Agreed (at least of the Dickens I've read.) The characters just aren't as vivid as you expect from Dickens either.

14geneg
mar 5, 2008, 6:37pm

Well, but you have to consider Dickens was in rather a tough spot when he wrote Tale of Two Cities, after all it was the best of times, but it was also the worst of times. It's awfully hard to write well in the worst of times.

15slickdpdx
mar 5, 2008, 6:55pm

rimSHOT!

16twacorbies
mar 5, 2008, 7:36pm

*groan*

but a groan followed by a chuckle. :)