truehobbit wrote:I read "The Battle of Life" from Dickens's Christmas Books over the holidays, liked it very much. Some oddities in the plot, I thought, but overall very good.
Witchwench wrote:He is just so darn wordy!!
Silverberry_Spritely wrote:I'm sure he cared for his craft, but he really cared deeply for his paycheck.
SilverScribe wrote:Perhaps, but that would be understandable considering that as a child, his entire family except for himself spent time in a debtor's prison, and he got a taste of cruel working conditions for next to no pay quite early in life . . .
Morwenna wrote:A few of his books, all from the last half of his works, are shorter than the rest (Edwin Drood excepted): Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. He was finally capable of telling a large tale in fewer words; in other words, he tightened up his style. Of course that doesn't account for Little Dorrit or Our Mutual Friend! Anyway, some critics think that Great Expectations is his greatest work, because it is told so economically.
I still prefer Bleak House.
Morwenna wrote:If I don't get out of this post I'll bore you all far more than Nickleby could ever do!
siddharth wrote:Morwenna, what's Bleakhouse about? I'm thinking of trying it sometime.
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