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In your opinion, what is the greatest book by Charles Dickens?

Asked by erikaziger (345points) July 21st, 2010

I just finished David Copperfield and I really loved it. What should I read next? Which book is your favorite?

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YARNLADY's avatar

I cannot choose between any or all of his excellent works, and I have read them all.

MacBean's avatar

I haven’t read a whole lot of Dickens, but I’ve enjoyed everything I have read. Great Expectations is my favorite.


“Oliver Twist”. One of my favs.

mammal's avatar

i’m going for a tale of two cities, even though i haven’t read it. i’m sure the political context and the scope would have more drama to engage me personally.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t know which is the greatest, but I’d probably suggest A Tale of Two Cities.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I’m not a huge Dickens fan, so Disney’s Christmas Carol with Mickey Mouse totally helped me make my choice there.

gorillapaws's avatar

I also have to go with A Tale of Two Cities.

Rewgreen's avatar

The one problem that I have with Dickens’ character rich novels, is that after reading most of them, they all kind of blend into one homogeneous whole. I can never remember which oddly named characters features in which Dickens’ novel.
The novels that do stand out the most for me are Dombey and Son and Pickwick Papers, but there wasn’t a Dicken’s novel that I didn’t enjoy. I just love his style of writing, his prose are like a Victorian stand up comic’s routine.

Austinlad's avatar

I don’t know if it’s his greatest or what the criteria for “greatest” are, but I’ve always loved the dickens out of “A Christmas Carol.” I think it still has relevant messages for us.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I loved Nicholas Nickleby.

When I was in 8th grade, my class adapted Tale of Two Cities as a play for a end-of-school-year assembly. Mr. C picked just the right bitc.., I mean, girl in my class, to play Madame LaFarge.

Unexpected_Rain's avatar

I haven’t read all of them yet, but of the ones I have i’d probably choose Christmas Carol or The Old Curiosity Shop

Andreas's avatar

@erikaziger I’ve only read parts of Dickens’s work, but I’ve seen a few movies and mini-series. Little Dorrit has just played on Australian TV (ABC 1) and it was a great four-part series. As with all film and TV, there’ll be more in the book.

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