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Little Dorrit By Charles Dickens Helen Small Stephen Wall Little Dorrit A novel of serendipity of fortunes won and lost and of the spectre of imprisonment that hangs over all aspects of Victorian society Charles Dickens s Little Dorrit is edited with an introduction by

  • Title: Little Dorrit
  • Author: Charles Dickens Helen Small Stephen Wall
  • ISBN: 9780141439969
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Little Dorrit By Charles Dickens Helen Small Stephen Wall A novel of serendipity, of fortunes won and lost, and of the spectre of imprisonment that hangs over all aspects of Victorian society, Charles Dickens s Little Dorrit is edited with an introduction by Stephen Wall in Penguin Classics.When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother s seamstress, and in theA novel of serendipity, of fortunes won and lost, and of the spectre of imprisonment that hangs over all aspects of Victorian society, Charles Dickens s Little Dorrit is edited with an introduction by Stephen Wall in Penguin Classics.When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother s seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy s father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea prison As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr Panks, the reluctant rent collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickens s maturity.Stephen Wall s introduction examines Dickens s transformation of childhood memories of his father s incarceration in the Marshalsea debtors prison This revised edition includes expanded notes, appendices and suggestion for further reading by Helen Small, a chronology of Dickens s life and works, and original illustrations.Charles Dickens is one of the best loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012 His most famous books, i
    Little Dorrit By Charles Dickens Helen Small Stephen Wall

    Little Dorrit TV Series Oct , This mini series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors Little Dorrit Little Dorrit Dec , We Watch Little Dorrit come into the world in this place and discover hat there are others who are just as bad off, yet all maintain themselves as best as they can We see Little Dorrit grow into a fine young lady and we see what it must have been like, living in the Victorian age, of Pomposity, and Airs of Superiority and Aristocracy. Watch Little Dorrit Prime Video Little Dorrit Season X Ray TV PG This gripping series by Andrew Davies brings to life Dickens s powerful story of struggle and hardship in s London. Little Dorrit novel by Dickens Britannica Little Dorrit, novel by Charles Dickens, published serially from to and in book form in The novel attacks the injustices of the contemporary English legal Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens Little Dorrit is Charles Dickens s eleventh novel, published in monthly parts between December and June , and illustrated by his favourite artist and friend Hablot Knight Browne, or Phiz.

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    1. Stas' on said:

      A forgotten classic, hidden among so many other fine works that Chuck produced I laughed, I cried and I nearly peed myself because I refused to put the book down It has been clinically proven that those who find Dickens too maudlin or sentimental are either emotionally stunted or full on cold hearted sociopaths Clinically proven.Not suprisingly, Kafka loved this book what with the Circumlocution Office and the strange almost alternate reality of Marshalsea Debtors Prison If you have never read D [...]

    2. Jean on said:

      Little Dorrit is Charles Dickens s eleventh novel, published in monthly parts between December 1855 and June 1857, and illustrated by his favourite artist and friend Hablot Knight Browne, or Phiz We tend to give Dickens s novels convenient labels, such as the one criticising the workhouse Oliver Twist , the one criticising schools Nicholas Nickleby , the one criticising the legal system Bleak House , and the one criticising unions Hard Times This one could be thought of as the one criticising go [...]

    3. B0nnie on said:

      Little Dorrit is a wonderful comic novel Within these gentle pages are a severely brain damaged woman who was beaten and neglected by her alcoholic mother a bitter old lady who just sits in a room for 15 years evil twin brothers an abusive husband who beats and torments his wife spoiled twin sisters, one who kicks it early and is replaced by a resentful orphan an innocent man rotting away in prison for years children who are born and raised in prison a suicide a murder in articulo mortis misery [...]

    4. Helene Jeppesen on said:

      Wow, having disliked a lot of Dickens novels in the past I m surprised how much Little Dorrit appealed to me While I was a bit confused as to the ending and the several characters and all their relations I had to look up an analysis online just to make sure I got it all right , I still think that this is a really telling, humorous and interesting story What I liked the most about this 1000 page novel was the story of Little Dorrit and how she was raised I have never read of a character like hers [...]

    5. Alasse on said:

      I have a really close friend let s call him Charlie Charlie began college at 18, like most of us did Then he sort of started drifting, and his friends began to suspect he wasn t sitting his exams The years went by, and gradually they began to realize he wasn t even enrolling He just avoided the issue, or made such an elaborate pretense of being terribly busy during exam season, they tacitly left the whole thing alone To this day, he hasn t officially quit university or laid out any alternative p [...]

    6. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Little Dorrit, Charles DickensLittle Dorrit is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857 It satirises the shortcomings of both government and society, including the institution of debtors prisons, where debtors were imprisoned, unable to work, until they repaid their debts The prison in this case is the Marshalsea, where Dickens s own father had been imprisoned Dickens is also critical of the lack of a social safety net, the treatment and safety of ind [...]

    7. Apatt on said:

      Little Dorrit is one of the less reviewed Dickens, it is clearly not up there with Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and whatnot I wish I could advance a theory as to why but I can t because Little Dorrit really does deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as those acclaimed titles Anyway, it s been years since I read a Dickens and it is always nice to pick one up I just get a kick out of his writing style, the way the prose occasionally switch into a poetic rhythmic mode [...]

    8. Cindy Newton on said:

      Ah, Dickens and his paragons I adore Dickens, but his paragons are no different from anyone else s they re excruciatingly dull They re stuffed full of every high minded, moral quality with nary an inch for any of the less attractive, negative qualities the rest of us mere mortals possess They face their trials and tribulations with gentle courage and purity, braving despair, degradation, and death, and they escape unscathed, as innocent as newborn lambs I thought, at first, that Little Dorrit wa [...]

    9. MJ Nicholls on said:

      Having not fallen fully under the sway of Dickens s longest, Bleak House, we re back to the savagely impressive corkers with this satirical and tender effort from the Immortal Blighty Scribe IBS unfortunate acronym On a less grandiose scale than the preceding tome, Little Dorrit is much quieter, funnier, powerfully affecting novel throughout than BH In two parts, Poverty Riches, the novel charts the progress of Amy Dorrit, the token spirit of purity and goodness , and her family from Marshelsea [...]

    10. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) on said:

      Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens is arguably one of the very best fiction books I ve read in my entire life I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone It was captivating, engaging, and at times humorous, and at other times sad with romance, mystery, and intrigue Dickens plotting is amazing, his characters intriguing, and his descriptions solidly place you in the midst of London in the Victorian Age in all social classes The message and moral tone of this novel is so incredibly applicab [...]

    11. Rick Slane on said:

      I was given a copy of this book by a co worker It was 860 pages long with denser prose than that of which I am fond A debtors prison is the main setting and where Little Dorrit is born I am not a careful enough reader to catch much of the humor Dickens injects regarding low and high society as well as patent offices and other government bureaucracies view spoiler There is a Bernie Madoff like character and a happy ending hide spoiler

    12. Mark on said:

      Good god, was this a snoozer I love Charles Dickens like nobody s business, but this book was about 600 pages longer than it needed to be If he was getting paid by the page, I m not hatin , but it seemed to drag on and on and on without really going anywhere Little Dorrit herself is a really boring character because she is a meek little Mary Sue whose entire personality consists of being weak, submissive, and a pushover to everybody else The plot is kind of vague and poorly defined and goes off [...]

    13. Laura on said:

      For years I thought this book was some sort of a universal joke, because at the end of Evelyn Waugh s novel, A Handful of Dust, one of the characters ends up trapped in a jungle by a madman who forces the character to read Little Dorrit aloud I figured this was clearly meant to be a fate worse than death Turns out, however, that Little Dorrit was merely an appropriate choice because of its themes of imprisonment, delusion, and reversals of fortune Ah ha Little Dorrit the character is the diminut [...]

    14. S. on said:

      Reading Little Dorrit is like having your own portable fireplace to cozy up to It s also huge, like a log or a brick At 1,000 pages, if you set it on fire, it would burn for a long time But I don t mean it that way I mean reading Little Dorrit makes you want to take off your shoes, don your housecoat and lean way the hell over the open pages, soaking up all that homey tenderness.Reading Little Dorrit is like suffering the ritual of birthday cake It s also enormous like cake is enormous, heavy an [...]

    15. Jean on said:

      Little Dorrit is a novel of family loyalty We follow the paths of three families, and rub shoulders with a few others as well Our three primary households are the Dorrits, the Clennams, and the Meagles.Little Amy Dorrit is the child of the Marshalsea debtors prison She was born there and lived there with her father and two siblings, Fanny and Edward, for her entire early life Once grown, Fanny and Edward leave the prison, but Little Dorrit stays on to support her father Amy is the perfect daught [...]

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    17. Yaboimazz on said:

      from da scorchin sun a marsellies 2 da dark cold cellof a debtors prison, lill dorrit b 1 of dickens 4gotten masta piecesy be lockin boyz up 4 sum wack shit back in da day ma man dorrit wuz in jail 4 debt 4 so long he had 3 dam kids up in there N now he think he hot shit jus cus all da prisoners look up 2 him n he always thinks his kids don work but dey do he is off his wacker n shiyt, nom sayin so dis guy arthur think he owes dees dorrit peeps bc his pops was into sum shady shyt or whateva N li [...]

    18. Laura on said:

      From BBC Radio 4 Extra Arthur Clennam befriends seamstress Amy Dorrit and meets her extraordinary family at a debtor s prison Dickens adaptation stars Ian McKellen.2 5 Arthur Clannam worries about his parents, but thinks he s found a new love Amy receives a proposal.3 5 Surprising discoveries about the Dorrits are revealed, but Arthur is yet to solve his family s secret.4 5 The newly wealthy Dorrits set off on a tour of Europe, but Amy is feeling homesick.5 5 Arthur is struck by disaster, and Mr [...]

    19. Kimber on said:

      How I loved this book Dickens is amazing, although, I admit, he is incredibly verbose in this book But the thing is, I ENJOYED every minute of the verbosity His sentences are just crammed with meaning Every paragraph is a sermon on human behavior He paints each character as a particular human trait For instance, the character in this book who is torn between being good or evil is a twisted man, literally His body leans to the side, his head bends over, even his mouth is rather hideously twisted [...]

    20. James on said:

      Another classic from Dickens by definition obviously although not my favourite Great characterisation and social observation as per usual with striking resonance to many areas of contemporary life in many respects particularly the circumlocution office loved it It goes without saying that the complex plot lines and unlikely intertwining of plot sub plot and seemingly unrelated characters is often hugely implausible but with Dickens this is somewhat missing the point All his novels are so packed [...]

    21. Julie Davis on said:

      Listening to Anton Lesser s superb narration, courtesy of review audiobook via SFFaudio Casting around for something to listen to but in a weird frame of mind I began trying out books read by some of my favorite LibriVox readers, as well as those recommended in the comments Then I got to Mil Nicholson who reads Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens I have been longing to read it for some time And I fell in love Her reading is simply superb It also is wonderfully supplemented by my reading the print c [...]

    22. Manray9 on said:

      Charles Dickens Little Dorrit is an intricate tale with a wide cast of characters, each leading a seemingly separate life, who become interwoven in a story contrasting the poverty of social prominence with the wealth of a commonplace life Prison, both physical and social, is a recurrent theme Some critics and scholars consider it among Dickens finest novels I disagree Little Dorrit is representative of the author s later, darker period of literary output, and as such suffers from an overly emoti [...]

    23. Janice on said:

      I think I need a break from Dickens Reading _Little Dorrit_ after _Dombey and Son_, and within months of finishing _Bleak House_ has made me frustrated with his ideal female character He uses the phrase active submission to describe Amy Dorrit, but it could be equally applied to Esther or Florence, characters whose main virtue is waiting without complaint for their objects of devotion to treat them properly, and for their lives to be less miserable _Little Dorrit_ and _Dombey and Son_ both have [...]

    24. Leslie on said:

      More complex than my other favorite Dickens novels and less adventure but what a wonderful story And of course, the many eccentric characters which Dickens excelled at Miss Wade who epitomizes the phrase a chip on the shoulder , Mr Dorrit the father of the Marshalsea , the Bosom otherwise known as Mrs Merdles , Affrety I could go on and on I can see that some readers would not care for this, especially the ending but I like the way Dickens always gives us that happy ending.

    25. Ayu Palar on said:

      People may say that I am such a huge fan of Charles Dickens Yes, I am, but at the same time I also have to be objective in reading and criticizing his works This year I have gained back my love for Dickens novels It started with The Mystery of Edwin Drood With its bleak atmosphere, it has brought me back to the world of Dickens Finishing it, I wanted some of Dickens Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend then charmed me with their own significant way However, Little Dorrit does not do the same thing [...]

    26. Feliks on said:

      For a long time I languished in the supreme belief that Bleak House was the highest caliber product of Dickens when it came to his really big works Bleak House is renowned in English literary criticism as gasp the 1 novel of the English language And I too, thought so.But the difference which makes Dorrit better are these 1 humor The book is riotously funny 2 Better females The women in Bleak House are melodramatic, traumatic, and oh so serious None of them are really lovable But Amy Dorrit is ad [...]

    27. Ziad Nadda on said:

      First, I have to admit It is my favorite novel of all time Second, I would say that Amy and her story breaks my heart to pieces Third, the prison presented as a home makes me sob and ache so much There is never such a powerful illustration of the social injustice of the 19th century British society William Dorrit the tragedy that shakespear talked about It is the misery of the past haunting the luxury of the present which gives you the joyful misery at the end Mrs clennam, if I had the opportuni [...]

    28. James on said:

      It is a rather mixed bag of mystery and intrigue between characters both well off and not The theme of prisons and imprisonment permeates this book with the title character residing with her family in the infamous Marshalsea prison for the first part of the book The main plot is focused on the efforts of Arthur Clennam to assist Little Amy Dorrit s family in paying their debts so as to escape the prison and Arthur s own quest to solve the mystery of his family identity The Dorrits succeed in lea [...]

    29. kaśyap on said:

      Not as well known as his other works but this is such a brilliant satirical and symbolic novel I have laughed so much, in the chapters of the father of the marshal sea or that involving the high society or the bureaucracy It is filled with some idiosyncratic and entertaining characters like the father of the marshal sea, the benevolent Mr.Casby, Mr.Sparkler who loves women with no nonsense about them, Mrs.Merdle and her extensive bosom and also a wicked pantomime villain Along with the comical p [...]

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