"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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London. And if I say that even now the guillotine might be the best cure for many a London lawyer. An exciting and compact narrative, it lacks too many of his strength to count among his major works.
Sydney Cartons self-sacrifice was found deeply moving by Dickens and by many readers Dr. Manette now seems a more impressive achievement in serious characterizations. The French Revolution scenes are vivid, if superficial in historical understanding.
Great Expectations resembles Copperfield in being a first person narration and in drawing on parts of Dickens personality and experience. Compact like its predecessors, it lacks the panoramic inclusiveness of Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and Our Mutual Friend, but though not his most ambitious, it is his most finely achieved novel. The hero Pips mind is explored with great subtlety, and his development through a childhood and youth beset with hard tests of character is traced critically but sympathetically.
Various great expectations in the book found ill founded - a comment as much on the values of the age as on characters weaknesses and misfortune. Our Mutual Friend, a large inclusive novel, continues this critique monetary and class values. London is now grimmer than ever before, and the corruption, complacency, and superficiality of respectable society are fiercely attacked.
Many new elements are introduced into Dickens fictional world, but his handling of the old comic - eccentrics are sometimes tiresomely mechanical. How the unfinished Edwin Drood would have developed is uncertain. Here again Dickens left panoramic fiction to concentrate on a limited private action.
The central figure was evidently to be John Jasper, eminent respectability as a cathedral organist was in extreme contrast to his haunting low opium dens and, out of violent sexual jealousy, murdering .Скачать