Dickens - where to start?

(12 Posts)
noneshallsleep2 Fri 17-May-13 11:06:50

Shameful confession - I never enjoyed Dickens when I read him at school - and I really think I should give him another go. What should I start with? I'm researching a lot of Victorians in my family history at the moment, so one with a good social history element from that time would be good (although maybe that's all of them? my ignorance is being exposed!)

Littleturkish Fri 17-May-13 11:10:24

David Copperfield is cracking!

Whitewineformeplease Fri 17-May-13 11:14:58

Tale of two cities is the one I usually recommend to people, A Christmas Carol is awesome too. Ooh, I love Dickens, I studied him at Uni! Takes me back, sitting up until three o clock in the morning trying to finish David Copperfield!

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 17-May-13 12:57:16

My favourite is Great Expectations, I've read it lots of times.

David Copperfield is also great, Oliver Twist isn't too long, but have never managed to finish A Tale of Two Cities blush

EasterHoliday Fri 17-May-13 12:58:11

Pickwick Papers! I love that book so much, it was painful to finish it. It's very funny indeed.

kotinka Fri 17-May-13 12:59:07

tale of two cities was my favourite, best opening line ever.

mysteryfairy Fri 17-May-13 13:02:24

I like Bleak House but I think I am biased as I had to study property law at uni and it just makes me think of that.

Reading Dickens as an adult is fab! They really are totally unputdownable!

PlumBear Fri 17-May-13 13:05:37

Would recommend David Copperfield/Great Expectations to start with. Oliver Twist is excellent in terms of social commentary. Bleak House my absolute favourite though.

mimbleandlittlemy Fri 17-May-13 13:54:39

Anything but Hard Times which is very much an odd one out, as far as I'm concerned. I've read about half his output and out of those I've read Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend come out at the very top with Great Expectations and Nickleby somewhere just behind.

Note to self: add Dombey & Son and Little Dorrit to reading list.

Why don't you start off with A Christmas Carol? It's short and you probably know the story, plus it's a cracking read.

noneshallsleep2 Fri 17-May-13 16:32:03

Thanks for all your suggestions. I've ordered David Copperfield, but I think I should have gone for Bleak House!

StellaNova Fri 17-May-13 16:36:25

Bleak House is my favourite followed by Great Expectations. I always think "I don't like Dickens" then read something and think "well I like that one but not Dickens generally.". I think it is just Oliver Twist I don't like....

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