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Which (if any) Charles Dickens book is the most fun read?

Asked by Rheto_Ric (1172 points ) February 14th, 2012

I have never read a Charles Dickens book. Seen a few movie adaptations, never read a book. I,m not necessarily interested (yet) in his best work, but which in your opinion is his most accessible and fun to read? If I like it, I can then choose to dig deeper…

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janbb's avatar

Oh – it’s like a box of chocolates! A Tale of Two Cities might be the most accessible but I love Our Mutual Friend and Nicholas Nickleby which are longer and denser. Great Expectations and David Copperfield are also two of the easier ones.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Our entire family, including our six year old son all love to read/listen to A Christmas Carol.

However, if Christmas isn’t your thing I recommend recommend you begin with either David Copperfield or Nicholas Nickleby.

It’s a difficult choice, but if I were beginning ^ these would be my top three to start the journey from.

Bellatrix's avatar

I would say A Christmas Carol too. I loved Great Expectations too though. I have heard many people say Bleak House is wonderful. It is on my list to read. I enjoyed David Copperfield as well.

Dickens was my father’s favourite author. I should dig them out to read again.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@janbb You are actually making me want to read Dickens. Maybe I’ll give one of the middle two a try.

flutherother's avatar

Not the most fun, but the most interesting to me is The Uncommercial Traveller

Rarebear's avatar

I really liked Oliver Twist.

tranquilsea's avatar

@Rarebear me too. I read it to my kids and we squirmed every time that poor boy was tortured.

bea2345's avatar

Pickwick Papers. One of the great reads.

Kardamom's avatar

I’m not sure if fun is the exact word to use for Dickens’s books. They’re wonderful, but there is a lot of bad stuff happening to good people in all of his books, but they usually have a fairly pleasant ending, although not necessarily the ending the protaganists in the stories were expecting.

That being said, if you love dialogue and being able to see and smell and hear what is going on during that period of Victorian England, then Dickens is the man for you. I can’t get enough of his books. I have not yet read them all, but I’m slowly, but surely making my way through the list.

A Christmas Carol is probably my favorite. Not only is it a wonderful story, in and of itself, but because it is set around Christmas (my favorite holiday) it makes it even better.

Oliver Twist is wonderful too, as are both Great Expectations and David Copperfield.

Dickens is a master of details and characters, you will be transported to Victorian England when you read any of his stories. You’ll probably appreciate his ironic manner of naming some of his characters. One of the best is Uriah Heep. It just sounds so deliciously unctuous.

YARNLADY's avatar

Whoa! How to answer this one – I read them all and loved every one.

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