Category Archives: Dickens Project

The Mysteries of Edwin Drood

Today, I am celebrating the anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth by posting my review (the last one for the Dickens Project!) of his last novel, cut short by his death. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the last novel of … Continue reading

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Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend is Dickens’s last completed novel. The story revolves around the Harmon fortune. Old John Harmon, a cold-hearted miser, has died leaving his fortune to his estranged son, also John Harmon, on condition that he marry Bella Wilfer. … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

Mrs. Hubble shook her head, and contemplating me with a mournful presentiment that I should come to no good, asked, “Why is it that the young are never grateful?” This moral mystery seemed too much for the company until Mr. Hubble tersely … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities is the second of Dickens’s two historical novels (the other is Barnaby Rudge). It is set before and during the early part of the French Revolution (1789-99). The two cities are London and Paris. The … Continue reading

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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit is one of the longest of Charles Dickens’s novels. It is the story of Amy Dorrit (the titular Little Dorrit) and Arthur Clennam, who befriends her. Little Dorrit’s father, William Dorrit, was imprisoned in the Marshalsea debtor’s prison … Continue reading

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Hard Times: For These Times

Hard Times is Charles Dickens’s shortest novel. It is much less character-driven than Dickens’s other novels. There are some interesting characters, but we don’t really get to know any of them very well. Louisa Gradgrind is perhaps them most interesting … Continue reading

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Bleak House

Bleak House by Charles Dickens is written with an interesting alternation of present tense and first person narrative. Following on the heels of David Copperfield, most of Bleak House is narrated by the central character — a young woman in … Continue reading

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David Copperfield

David Copperfield is the first of Charles Dickens’s books to be told in the first person. It is narrated by David Copperfield. Young David is a posthumous child. His father’s aunt, Betsey Trotwood, shows up the night David is born. … Continue reading

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Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation

“Kindness effects more than severity.” — moral from The Wind and the Sun, Æsop. Fables. (The Harvard Classics, 1909–14). I enjoyed reading Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens a great deal, until it came toward the end. The ending managed … Continue reading

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A Fancy for Christmas Time?

The Haunted Man; and the Ghost’s Bargain (subtitled A Fancy for Christmas Time) is the last of Charles Dickens’s five “Christmas Books”. Like A Christmas Carol, and unlike the other three Christmas Books, The Haunted Man actually takes place over … Continue reading

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