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Re: What is your favorite Dickens novel?

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Dickens is my favorite classic author. My favorite is Great Expectations. I read it first when I was in the fourth grade. I got the story line. and everytime I have read it after I have gotten a little more from it. I even wrote my extended essay in high school about Pip and Estella: relationships and expectations in the novel.

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David Copperfield is not only my favorite Dickens novel it is one of my favorite novels of all time. It was also Dickens favorite of all his works.
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Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol.

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A Tale of Two Cities. I've got a soft spot for Sidney Carton.

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Mine is A Tale of Two Cities, then A Christmas Carol (not sure if it really qualifies as a novel).

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It would have to be Great Expectations. Turing a weekly series into a novel, one that is in part auto-biographical and one part social critique was brilliant. I believe writing while in poor health, persevering to conclusion, demonstrates both the author's ability commitment to his craft. The theme of Pip and Estella resonates with me. Dare I say, I have an "Estella" in my past.

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I read a few Charles Dickens books. My all-time favorite novel by this author is A Tale of Two Cities. I love the time and place the story is in. I even love the dramatic irony involved. I could read this book over and over again...but I think I lost that book in school. :(

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I love Great Expectations.
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This is a tough one. I'd have to say that it's A Tale of Two Cities by a nose.
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Does no one else love Hard Times? I tend to think of it as his neglected jewel. I had to read it in AP English and fell hopelessly in love with it. It also makes some very thoughtful points about the best ways to educate and raise children.

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Great Expectations!

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I loved Great Expectations and Pip, but A Tale of Two Cities is a close second.
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A Tale of Two Cities: ( Interesting Novel )
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope,
Before I read the novel this fall, I assumed this sentence was a meaningless series of hyperboles, unworthy of its master. Imagine my mortification to find that, on the contrary, it is a perfectly tuned overture to the story that follows. With each crescendo and fall, it draws the reader into the rhythms of a plot driven by pairs, doubles and echoes, political contradictions and moral extremes. It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.
Paris and London are the two tall cities, and the year is 1775. Inspired by Thomas Carlyle’s influential 1837 study The French Revolution, Dickens conceived of A Tale of Two Cities as a historical novel dramatizing the ties between England and France during that tumultuous period.

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chauhansaab writer wrote:A Tale of Two Cities: ( Interesting Novel )
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope,
Before I read the novel this fall, I assumed this sentence was a meaningless series of hyperboles, unworthy of its master. Imagine my mortification to find that, on the contrary, it is a perfectly tuned overture to the story that follows. With each crescendo and fall, it draws the reader into the rhythms of a plot driven by pairs, doubles and echoes, political contradictions and moral extremes. It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.
Paris and London are the two tall cities, and the year is 1775. Inspired by Thomas Carlyle’s influential 1837 study The French Revolution, Dickens conceived of A Tale of Two Cities as a historical novel dramatizing the ties between England and France during that tumultuous period.
@chauhansaab writer
EXCELLENT POST! I had never considered the comparison of "doubles" within the story itself. And this is your FIRST post? I have Great Expectations regarding your contributions to the forum in the future. [:- )
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