I found a great resource, particularly for those Dickens which were a bit dry! It’s called the Friendly Dickens by Norrie Epstein, She explains the plot and subtleties so i can understand Dickens (at least a little more!)
Here’s the highlights!
Favorite: Bleak House and Little Dorrit
I don’t know if i would like these books quite as well as if i hadn’t seen the movies based on these! They’re sweet, but with a bit of that classic dark dickens in them. Also Bleak House is the ONLY Dickens to be written (at least partly) from a female’s perspective!
Most thought-provoking: A Tale of Two Cities
I was VERY intimidated with this book. I was afraid that all those subtle under-lying themes would be lost on me. But, i took my time with it and found that it was quite enjoyable… if a little heavy 🙂
Least Favorite(s): Martin Chuzzlewit
I never got fully invested in this book. It seemed like it had the driest characters out of Dickens. It just seemed to drag!