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Little Dorrit

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'Clennam rose softly, opened and closed the door without a sound, and passed from the prison, carrying the quiet with him into the turbulent streets.' Introspective and dreamy, Arthur Clennam returns to England from many years abroad to find a people gripped in their self-made social and mental prisons. Against a background of government incompetence and financial scandal, he searches for the key to the affairs of the Dorrit family, prisoners for debt in the Marshalsea. He discovers through the seamstress Amy Dorrit the fulfilment of which he dreams, but only after he learns to understand his own heart. Revelation and redemption haunt Dickens's portrayal of human relations as fundamentally distorted by class and money. The swindling financier Merdle, the bureaucratic nightmare of the Circumlocution Office, and a teeming cast of characters display the inadequacy of secular morality in the face of contemporary social and political confusion. Mixing humour and pathos, irony and satire, Dickens's eleventh novel reveals a master of fiction in top form. This new edition, based on the definitive Clarendon text, includes all of Phiz's original illustrations and a wide-ranging introduction highlighting Dickens's move to more personal and spiritual concerns. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Leslie

A Timely Cautionary Tale

by Leslie on May 14, 2011

Everyone should read Little Dorrit. It is a cautionary tale about the power of money (and the lack of it), its effect on those who have it (or not), and how fortunes can change in the blink of an eye. It is as relevant today as it was then. There's also mystery, danger, and sinister darkness (with a hint of black magic) in this book. Plenty of page-turning action to keep readers engrossed.

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JTucknessB

One of the Best

by JTucknessB on Jun 25, 2009

The language use of Charles Dickens is unparalleled. It is so rich. Each time I read Dickens it is like enjoying a fine meal. ?Little Dorritt? is one of his finest. Without taking away the efforts of many to recreate the works of Dickens in video, it simply cannot be adequately done. The video results are entertaining, but they are not Dickens. His use of the English language of his time cannot be repeated in a film, in spite of all good intentions. ?Little Dorritt? and ?Bleak House? are two of his best and show a greater maturity than the wonderful ?David Copperfield.?

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smbseattle
by smbseattle on Jun 18, 2009

Book was in excellent condition. Highly recommend.

JMail

Dickens' Best

by JMail on Feb 12, 2009

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