A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities Description:

b i Liberty equality fraternity or death the last much the easiest to bestow O Guillotine i b br br After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England There the lives of two very different men Charles Darnay an exiled French aristocrat and Sydney Carton a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette From the tranquil roads of London they are drawn against their will to the vengeful bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine br br This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in to convey the full scope of Dickens s vision and includes the original illustrations by H K Browne Phiz Richard Maxwell s introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy br back cover

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Great Expectations

Great Expectations Description:

In what may be Dickens s best novel humble orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman and one day under sudden and enigmatic circumstances he finds himself in possession of great expectations In this gripping tale of crime and guilt revenge and reward the compelling characters include Magwitch the fearful and fearsome convict Estella whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness and the embittered Miss Havisham an eccentric jilted bride

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Description:

In October Charles Dickens heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher began work on a book to help supplement his family s meagre income That volume i A Christmas Carol i has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language As much a part of the holiday season as holly mistletoe and evergreen wreaths this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill br br With its characters exhibiting many qualities as well as failures often ascribed to Dickens himself the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors Journeying with them through Christmases past present and future he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant obstinate and insensitive miser to a generous warm hearted and caring human being Written by one of England s greatest and most popular novelists i A Christmas Carol i has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist Description:

i You can find an alternative cover edition with the same ISBN a href https www goodreads com book show oliver twist rel nofollow here a i br br i b Let him feel that he is one of us once fill his mind with the idea that he has been a thief and he s ours ours for his life b i br br The story of the orphan Oliver who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves shocked readers when it was first published Dickens s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters the arch villain Fagin the artful Dodger the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy Combining elements of Gothic Romance the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama in i Oliver Twist i Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction scathing in its indictment of a cruel society and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery br br This is the first critical edition to use the serial text of presenting i Oliver Twist i as it appeared to its earliest readers It includes Dickens s introduction and preface the original illustrations and a glossary of contemporary slang

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

David Copperfield

David Copperfield Description:

See alternate cover edition a href https www goodreads com book show david copperfield rel nofollow here a br br i David Copperfield i is the story of a young man s adventures on his journey from an unhappy amp impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather Mr Murdstone his formidable aunt Betsey Trotwood the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep frivolous enchanting Dora amp the magnificently impecunious Micawber one of literature s great comic creations br In i David Copperfield i the novel he described as his favorite child Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant amp enduringly popular works filled with tragedy amp comedy in equal measure br Originally published as a monthly serial from to

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Bleak House

Bleak House Description:

Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens published in monthly installments between March and September It is held to be one of Dickens s finest novels containing one of the most vast complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub plots in his entire canon br br At the novel s core is long running litigation in England s Court of Chancery Jarndyce v Jarndyce which has far reaching consequences for all involved The litigation which already has taken many years and consumed between and in court costs is emblematic of the failure of Chancery br br Though Chancery lawyers and judges criticised Dickens s portrait of Chancery as exaggerated and unmerited his novel helped to spur an ongoing movement that culminated in the enactment of legal reform in the s

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth

A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth Description:

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Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit Description:

A novel of serendipity of fortunes won and lost and of the spectre of imprisonment that hangs over all aspects of Victorian society Charles Dickens s i Little Dorrit i is edited with an introduction by Stephen Wall in Penguin Classics br br When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit his mother s seamstress and in the affairs of Amy s father William Dorrit a man of shabby grandeur long imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea prison As Arthur soon discovers the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many from the kindly Mr Panks the reluctant rent collector of Bleeding Heart Yard and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching to Merdle an unscrupulous financier and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment i Little Dorrit i is one of the supreme works of Dickens s maturity br br Stephen Wall s introduction examines Dickens s transformation of childhood memories of his father s incarceration in the Marshalsea debtors prison This revised edition includes expanded notes appendices and suggestion for further reading by Helen Small a chronology of Dickens s life and works and original illustrations br br Charles Dickens is one of the best loved novelists in the English language whose th anniversary was celebrated in His most famous books including i Oliver Twist i i Great Expectations i i A Tale of Two Cities i i David Copperfield i and i The Pickwick Papers i have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions br br If you enjoyed i Little Dorrit i you might like Dickens s i Barnaby Rudge i also available in Penguin Classics

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Hard Times

Hard Times Description:

Longman s new Cultural Editions Series i Hard Times i by Charles Dickens edited by Jeff Nunokawa includes Books of i Hard Times i and contextual materials on the age of Dickens

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby Description:

i b I shall never regret doing as I have never if I starve or beg in consequence b i br br When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father s death he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister But Ralph Nickleby proves both hard hearted and unscrupulous and Nicholas finds himself forced to make his own way in the world His adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics Wackford Squeers the tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall a school for unwanted boys the slow witted orphan Smike rescued by Nicholas and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummles and their daughter the infant phenonenon Like many of Dickens s novels Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work revealing his comic genius at its most unerring br br Mark Ford s introduction compares Nicholas Nickleby to eighteenth century picaresque novels and examines Dickens s criticism of the Yorkshire Schools his social satire and use of language This edition includes the original illustrations by Phiz a chronology and a list for further reading

Rating: 3.44 out of 5