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A forgotten classic, hidden among so many other fine works that Chuck produced I laughed, I cried and I nearly peed myself because I refused to put the book down It has been clinically proven that those who find Dickens too maudlin or sentimental are either emotionally stunted or full on cold hearted sociopaths Clinically proven.Not suprisingly, Kafka loved this book what with the Circumlocution Office and the strange almost alternate reality of Marshalsea Debtors Prison If you have never read Dickens, give yourself a good hard slap now and get started Ah Charles, still the champion of the Big Engrossing Superbly Written Novel. Little Dorrit is a wonderful comic novel Within these gentle pages are a severely brain damaged woman who was beaten and neglected by her alcoholic mother a bitter old lady who just sits in a room for 15 years evil twin brothers an abusive husband who beats and torments his wife spoiled twin sisters, one who kicks it early and is replaced by a resentful orphan an innocent man rotting away in prison for years children who are born and raised in prison a suicide a murder in articulo mortis misery paralysis and stroke blackmail a dog beaten to death a catastrophic collapse of a building the Tite Barnacle Branch of the Circumlocution Office, a government agency that suggests Kafka and The Trial It being one of the principles of the Circumlocution Office never, on any account whatever, to give a straightforward answer it was as everybody knows without being told the most important Department under Government No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart a variety of themes, including imprisonment, incarceration, quarantine and detention Also twins, doubles, and aliases Little Dorrit is a pleasure to read in spite of all the gloom misery that is Dickens s power The ending though, is rather hasty and muddled If I weren t so lazy I d draw a chart which would clarify this mess, but suffice it to say that there is no incest. Now this book is primarily a love story although in a convoluted narrative, containing fraud, murder, suicide and hate, domestic violenceplenty of that, mystery, weird noises in a dilapidated mansion, the lopsided shape edifice, inside an old recluse woman with bitter memories and a son which he and her the mother, dislike each other stating it mildly A evil man who likes doing evil things, however some think this is a comedy.to each their own Arthur Clennam the son after twenty years in China working with the recently deceased father in business comes home at the age of forty a virtual stranger in his native land of EnglandAnd the people old friends and particularly relatives unknown, they in reality are strangers Mother, Mrs Clennam cold, intelligent, unforgiving lady with dark secrets in a wheelchair for many yearsher eyes show hatred and Mr.Clennam wonders why The parents were for a numerous time, estranged In the same house a poor little woman of 22, Amy Dorrit a part time servant there that for obvious reasons Arthur calls Little Dorrit, the timid girl doesn t mindHer father William has been in debtors prison, Marshalsea for 23 years still the amenable man becomes the leader of the inmates, surviving by accepting small gifts from the unlucky creatures, the poor giving to the poorer But of course his daughter Amy lives with him in the ugly compound taking care of the wretch, the widower two other children envious Fanny , and Edward the drunk have shed the bad remembrances or tried to and live outside, not very well though Arthur falls for Amy but being 18 years older is he entitled, feeling uncomfortable and sees various women, Flora a lady he almost married but the flame is out only Little Dorrit can lite Starting a new business with Daniel Doyce a brilliant inventor lacking the ways of bookkeeping they are perfect until the troubles begin money or not enough as it is everywhere However the wealthiest man in England all say Mr Merdle, has a get rich quick business proposition, Arthur is tempted Then Mr.Blandois, not his real name for sure he has many, the evil man mentioned before, reenters the scene bringing gloom and destruction for those unable or unwilling to pay up, a mustached villain with a pointed nose the very image of mid 19th century, blackmail is his game To anyone who has read Mr Dickens will surmise the ending but the fun is taking the long log obstacles road getting there Little Dorrit is such a lovable girl which any person with a heart will love The bad thing is they only exist in fiction. Little Dorrit, Charles DickensLittle Dorrit is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857 It satirises the shortcomings of both government and society, including the institution of debtors prisons, where debtors were imprisoned, unable to work, until they repaid their debts The prison in this case is the Marshalsea, where Dickens s own father had been imprisoned Dickens is also critical of the lack of a social safety net, the treatment and safety of industrial workers, as well the bureaucracy of the British Treasury, in the form of his fictional Circumlocution Office In addition he satirises the stratification of society that results from the British class system 1974 1343 364 1370 1388 727 Wow, having disliked a lot of Dickens novels in the past I m surprised how much Little Dorrit appealed to me While I was a bit confused as to the ending and the several characters and all their relations I had to look up an analysis online just to make sure I got it all right , I still think that this is a really telling, humorous and interesting story What I liked the most about this 1000 page novel was the story of Little Dorrit and how she was raised I have never read of a character like hers before, and I found it hugely entertaining to dive into her story and also see how she develops over the 1000 pages I was also amused with the satiric paragraphs that are very typical of Dickens and which worked, in my opinion It was funny and it was sarcastic, and I appreciated it a lot for that All in all, it s hard to cover all of the 1000 pages and all of the underlying storylines in just a few words Let s just say that this is, in my opinion, one of Dickens better works because it is simple, original and overall very much entertaining and typical for the Victorian literary era. I have a really close friend let s call him Charlie Charlie began college at 18, like most of us did Then he sort of started drifting, and his friends began to suspect he wasn t sitting his exams The years went by, and gradually they began to realize he wasn t even enrolling He just avoided the issue, or made such an elaborate pretense of being terribly busy during exam season, they tacitly left the whole thing alone To this day, he hasn t officially quit university or laid out any alternative plans for his life he s just frozen But he s made such a good job of obliterating the issue, he firmly believes he s eventually finishing law school He s 30 now We talk on an almost daily basis, and I have never discussed this with him.I thought a lot about Charlie while reading Little Dorrit I m not going to dwell on the main themes in this novel Firstly, because I have nothing to add that hasn t already been covered in the previous reviews The imprisonment motif, the dysfunctional families, the criticism of Victorian society and of government incompetence they re all there, and they re probably what the novel is about, mostly But they didn t exactly surprise me rather, those are topics one can always count on Dickens for covering in his, at the same time, sarcastic and empathic style In this respect, the book delivers better than almost any Dickens I ve read to date The whole subplot concerning the fictional Circumlocution Office is borderline Kafkian, and the family melodrama gets dark Like, really dark.But that is not the novel I have read Which is embarrassing, because it s the novel all of the scholars have read, and all of GR s reviewers too Meaning what I m going to say now is going to sound, really, really pretentious Okay, here I come that s not what Little Dorrit really talks about ducks I don t know if it was intentional on Dickens s part or just a result of his criticism of Victorian society, but if you pay close attention to the character development, you ll realize what I mean Almost every main character in this novel and a good portion of the secondary ones as well are bent on deceiving themselves as methodically as possible Sure, there are a couple of people here and there who pretend in front of other people, but they aren t believing their own lies Still, pretty much everybody else is investing so much energy on self deception, and making such a point of believing their own lies, I sometimes felt exhausted just watching them.There s of course the Dorrit family, with their airs of self importance and wounded pride, overcompensating for the fact that they ve been penniless for the last 25 years Flora Finching insists on behaving like the 15 year old she once was, in the hopes that her old lover will propose to her again Arthur insists on shutting off his feelings for Minnie Gowan, even after it becomes obvious that he s feeling deeply disappointed the whole subplot is told in the third person, in a way that strongly reminded me of a depersonalization episode once recounted to me by a schizophrenic patient And on, and on, and on.Of course I m not claiming to know Dickens s mind better than the Harold Blooms of this world But trust me if you re at all interested in why people do what they do, you ll find Little Dorrit isn t just about bureaucracy and poverty In fact, it might be that it s about the power of the human nature for believing its own lies, and how everyone else is just too polite to tell you to shut up. Little Dorrit is one of the less reviewed Dickens, it is clearly not up there with Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and whatnot I wish I could advance a theory as to why but I can t because Little Dorrit really does deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as those acclaimed titles Anyway, it s been years since I read a Dickens and it is always nice to pick one up I just get a kick out of his writing style, the way the prose occasionally switch into a poetic rhythmic mode, the way every character seems to have their own distinctive speech pattern and catch phrases, and the characters and story of course.I am fairly useless at deciphering themes from novels but if there is a single overriding theme in Little Dorrit that communicates itself to me I would say it is the virtue of modesty The eponymous Little Dorrit real name Amy Dorrit is a young lady of twenty , small in stature, unassuming in manner, without an atom of malice, kindly and virtuous to a fault She is one of Dickens angelic girl stock characters Yet the novel also shows that always being self sacrificing, never thinking or doing anything for oneself can lead to a lot of unhappiness and being taken for granted by the people we are servicing TV Tropes.com classify this character type as Incorruptible Pure Pureness Sometimes I am a little resentful that Dickens expects me to love this shrinking violet of a character but her niceness does club me into submission after a while If only real people could be like thisThis is the way in which she is doomed to be a constant slave to them that are not worthy that a constant slave she unto them should beBesides being a character study Dickens also has a lot to say about the bureaucracy, the class system of the time, debtors prisons and whatnot I don t want to go into details about such weighty matters but a special note should be made for the Circumlocution Office, a fictional government office which is a great bit of lampooning about red tapes.Dickens prose is great to read as always, sometimes beautiful, sometimes sarcastic, and sometimes hilarious The dialogue similarly ranges from silly to heartfelt and profound, it brought a lump to this throat a few times A very rare thing while reading I assure you I am sedimental than sentimental.In rating the book so high I am really cutting Dickens a lot of slack His usage of deus ex machina at several plot points is a little outrageous People become rich and poor at the drop of a hat, buildings fall on people just because they deserve it Still, the way I see it a five stars rating does not indicate that the book is perfect it just means that I like it a lot and am willing to forgive its flaws If you were made to read Dickens at school and have consequently been avoiding him like the plague to this day as an adult reader I would suggest you give him another try Personally, I am always up for a bit of Dickens, my favorite Victorian author probably.Notes This review is based on the audiobook version amazingly well read by Mil Nicholson with voices and accents galore , available for free at Librivox The BBC adaptation is very good they almost always are. 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 Little Dorrit Is Edited With An Introduction By Stephen Wall In Penguin ClassicsWhen 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, Little Dorrit Is One Of The Supreme Works Of Dickens S MaturityStephen 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 IllustrationsCharles Dickens Is One Of The Best Loved Novelists In The English Language, Whose Th Anniversary Was Celebrated In His Most Famous Books, Including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale Of Two Cities, David Copperfield And The Pickwick Papers, Have Been Adapted For Stage And Screen And Read By MillionsIf You Enjoyed Little Dorrit, You Might Like Dickens S Barnaby Rudge, Also Available In Penguin Classics Ah, Dickens and his paragons I adore Dickens, but his paragons are no different from anyone else s they re excruciatingly dull They re stuffed full of every high minded, moral quality with nary an inch for any of the less attractive, negative qualities the rest of us mere mortals possess They face their trials and tribulations with gentle courage and purity, braving despair, degradation, and death, and they escape unscathed, as innocent as newborn lambs I thought, at first, that Little Dorrit was going to be one of these angels without wings Happily, I was not completely right.Don t get me wrong She s pretty darn innocent and pure The difference is that, unlike some of Dickens other virtuous characters, we re allowed a little access to her mind We see that she has fears, there are people she dislikes, and she recognizes some bad behavior when she sees it Amy Dorrit sorry, Amy I prefer your given name to Little Dorrit , while mind bogglingly forgiving of those she loves, seems a little fleshed out and real than I expected her to be when first introduced to her And she only fainted once or maybe twice Still, that s not too bad for one of Dickens ing nues, you gotta admit Little Dorrit follows the lives and adventures of Amy Dorrit and Arthur Clennam They meet while Amy is working as a seamstress for Arthur s very unpleasant mother, and he is taken by her air of gentle sweetness She is in her early twenties, but looks much younger, so Arthur persistently views her as a child He befriends her and also gets to know her family Amy has the dubious distinction of being the first child ever to be born and raised in Marshelsea prison, where her father is imprisoned for debt This part draws on Dickens personal experience of having his own parent incarcerated in this same prison for this same offense Just as the Dorrit family did, Dickens own family joins their patriarch in the prison Charles didn t, but was no less humiliated about the whole situation.Mr Dorrit deals with his humiliation by affecting airs of gentility and lording it over the other prisoners as a gentleman fallen on hard times Eventually, his arrogant attitude and his sheer longevity earn him the title of Father of the Marshelsea, and his air of condescension would have done a duke proud Amy s brother and sister are whiny, entitled somehow brats who blame everyone else for their problems and generally bully their baby sister Amy alone feels the shame of their position, but her loving nature forgives her family s crass self centeredness and ignorance.This book follows the ups and downs of Amy s and Arthur Clennams s fortunes, and both of them experience the extremes of wealth during the story There is so much going on in this book mysteries and secrets, unrequited love and heartbreak, shady characters and innocent victims, blackmail and fraud and money Everything comes back to money We go from the elegant salons of the uber rich to the dank cells of the imprisoned impoverished and sometimes these people trade places Dickens is at his satirical best here, as he skewers both the arrogance and pretensions of the upper classes, as well as the delusions of the power of wealth by the economically disadvantaged Their comfortable conviction of their own superiority, their reverence for Mr Merdle solely for his power to make money, and their embrace of Fanny, the former dancer, after she becomes wealthy lays bare their venality and hypocrisy The Dorrits, meanwhile, bemoan their lot in life and their lack of means to support their station, but are no happier when they are suddenly in possession of the wealth they had long dreamed of.And of course, there is the portrayal of the benevolent powers of government This is a literary portrait of true beauty, and Dickens deft touch is sublime to behold He presents us with the all powerful, awe inspiring Circumlocution Office literally talking in circles , which is mostly staffed by the members of a socially prominent family by the name of Barnacle another jibe , and the sole aim of this government office is to show how NOT to do things They are very careful to never actually accomplish anything or help anyone that would be beyond the pale Dickens presentation of this institution is laugh out loud funny There were SO many quotable lines that I just couldn t include them all in my status updates, or it would have taken me twice as long to finish this book I m not going to go into all the characters, sub plots, and mysteries in this book there are so many It s quite an entertaining read, and contains a host of Dickens trademark minor characters, such as Flora, Clennam s ex, who speaks in stream of consciousness, and her slightly addled bequest, known only as Mr F s Aunt There s Young John Chivery, the lovelorn turnkey, and Edward Sparkler, the brainless stepson of the eighth wonder of the world, Mr Merdle As with all of Dickens books, I highly recommend it. Having not fallen fully under the sway of Dickens s longest, Bleak House, we re back to the savagely impressive corkers with this satirical and tender effort from the Immortal Blighty Scribe IBS unfortunate acronym On a less grandiose scale than the preceding tome, Little Dorrit is much quieter, funnier, powerfully affecting novel throughout than BH In two parts, Poverty Riches, the novel charts the progress of Amy Dorrit, the token spirit of purity and goodness , and her family from Marshelsea debtors prison into a shaky life of infinite riches and never ending Italian holidays Central to the novel is her father William, who replaces his memories of destitution with violent hauteur, and whose mental collapse is rendered with masterful swings of wrenching drama Clenham is the complex, reticent hero, almost frustratingly dim in spots, but no less than impeccable on the moral scruples front Apart from a sudden gallop into action packed melodrama in the last 100pp or so, and a byzantine final reveal sequence to out Lost Lost, Little Dorrit goes straight atop the essential Dickens pile, along with all the others And a final warning to Oxford World s Classics if you make your fonts any smaller, I will send in the midget assassins.Recent Andrew Davies BBC version on YT