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    Charles Dickens

    I don’t get to read as much as I would like due to where I am, but when possible I focus on what I regard as one of the greatest novelists of all time.

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    Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) English author and social critic; he is regarded as the best commentator on social conditions in Victorian England. He became so famous that some of his expressions are still in common useage today. ‘Dickensian’ is still used to donate destitution and a ‘Scrooge’ for someone who is a miser.

    Dickens is to the 19th century as Orwell is to the 20th, with his works, ‘Down and out in Paris and London’ (1933) and ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ (1938), or America’s Steinbeck and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939). All lead the reader through destitution, but Dickens’ differs in that he uses a sociological approach and his differing class characters each tell their story using their own moral relativism. All four books below are based on a rags to riches approach and what make Dickens different is that he takes the reader through the class system of each and details what life was like at each stage.

    Dickens’ works are fiction but based on the social conditions of the English Victorian period and also describes the English class system perfectly as his narrative travels within the various social hierarchies.

    My personal favourites are:

    Great Expectations (1861)

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    Oliver Twist (1838)

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    David Copperfield (1850)

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    A Christmas Carol (1843)

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    All four works have been adapted into films, which lose none of the appeal of his written works.
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    Dickens' attitudes toward Jews is interesting. $#@!an in Oliver Twist is definitely depicted as a Jew and some argue the same of Scrooge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Dickens' attitudes toward Jews is interesting. $#@!an in Oliver Twist is definitely depicted as a Jew and some argue the same of Scrooge.
    His reflections are a sign of the period in which he was writing. You won’t find any black business men in his novels either and Jews are portrayed in a stereotypical image.








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    I like Chuck.
    Not Debatable.

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    Definitely a national treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Refugee View Post
    His reflections are a sign of the period in which he was writing. You won’t find any black business men in his novels either and Jews are portrayed in a stereotypical image.
    Ah, stop. Maybe they're just a observation of the people he's writing about. I didn't post that to his discredit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperback Writer View Post
    Definitely a national treasure.
    Yes, he is. He's also a treasure to Europe.
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    A Pun on the Run

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    Definitely a national treasure.
    And you are natural trash, sir.
    On the outside, trickling down on the Insiders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Ah, stop. Maybe they're just a observation of the people he's writing about. I didn't post that to his discredit.
    Yes, he was a social commentator, now a kind of historian of that period. Dickens gives you a good read as well as lessons in British history.








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