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 Post subject: Your top two Dickens novels, please....
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There's this awesome bookstore next to where I work (downtown Milwaukee). It's in a huge old building. Also has 2 cats that just wander around in the store and follow you around.

I've never read any Dickens and I'm going to head over there and pick up 2 books of his.

Does anyone have 2 that they'd recommend that were your favorites?


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There's this awesome bookstore next to where I work (downtown Milwaukee). It's in a huge old building. Also has 2 cats that just wander around in the store and follow you around.

I've never read any Dickens and I'm going to head over there and pick up 2 books of his.

Does anyone have 2 that they'd recommend that were your favorites?


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I will go with David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities. Although it's not a full-length novel, A Christmas Carol is a classic for good reason.

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I will go with David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities. Although it's not a full-length novel, A Christmas Carol is a classic for good reason.



Those are two good novels. Or GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

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p.falk wrote:
There's this awesome bookstore next to where I work (downtown Milwaukee). It's in a huge old building. Also has 2 cats that just wander around in the store and follow you around.

I've never read any Dickens and I'm going to head over there and pick up 2 books of his.

Does anyone have 2 that they'd recommend that were your favorites?


Thanks.



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I think my two favorites are probably David Copperfield and Pickwick. (That might change from day to day.) I'm not sure those are the ones I'd recommend for someone new to Dickens.

Tale of Two Cities is great, and somewhat more compact than many others. Same with Oliver Twist. And of course Great Expectations is probably a much better book than Pickwick (though probably not as great as David Copperfield, for all that latter's faults). But it is sprawling.

I dunno, I almost think I'd suggest starting with Oliver Twist and then going to David Copperfield. After that, Pickwick, and by then you're hooked and it won't matter where you turn next.

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Thanks for the tips!

I was reading that GK Chesterton thought "Bleak House" was his favorite.


The one book I had picked up last week was Oliver Twist. I had some spare loot and was going to pick up two more.
Maybe I'll just start with Oliver Twist first.

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I don't know about "favorite." He said that Bleak House may be Dickens's best novel, though it may not be his best book. I suspect Chesterton would pick David Copperfield as his favorite, although he's pretty hard on it, too. On the other hand, I can't call to mind offhand any passages where Chesterton actually took an explicit position on his favorite.

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BTW, I haven't read Bleak House, because I made the mistake of watching the BBC miniseries version of it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/bleakhouse/welcome.shtml

It's an absolutely splendid little movie, one of my favorites ever, and I really don't want the book to ruin it for me.

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I don't know about "favorite." He said that Bleak House may be Dickens's best novel, though it may not be his best book. I suspect Chesterton would pick David Copperfield as his favorite, although he's pretty hard on it, too. On the other hand, I can't call to mind offhand any passages where Chesterton actually took an explicit position on his favorite.



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p.falk wrote:
Thanks for the tips!

I was reading that GK Chesterton thought "Bleak House" was his favorite.


The one book I had picked up last week was Oliver Twist. I had some spare loot and was going to pick up two more.
Maybe I'll just start with Oliver Twist first.


i actually liked the movie musical of the same name with ron moody as fagin and shani wallace as nancy and oliver reed as bill sykes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0a1HYYmiXM

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The movie is VERY different from the book.

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Very, but I liked the musical, too.

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So do I. But I was rather young when I saw it and was confused when I tried to read the book. I don't know if I ever got back to it when I went through my Dickens-reading period in my thirties.

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I don't know about "favorite." He said that Bleak House may be Dickens's best novel, though it may not be his best book. I suspect Chesterton would pick David Copperfield as his favorite, although he's pretty hard on it, too. On the other hand, I can't call to mind offhand any passages where Chesterton actually took an explicit position on his favorite.



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Very, but I liked the musical, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCMbulnXMg (no rolls!)

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The movie is VERY different from the book.


the big reveal there was that i actually liked a movie musical... it must have been worth the best movie oscar if i not only sat through it, but i also liked it :yes:

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I love musicals. :fyi:

Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Yankee Doodle Dandy...probably plenty more I'm not thinking of.....

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