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 the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of... show more
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 the Marshalsea. 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. Pancks, 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 maturity. This revised edition includes expanded notes and updated suggestions for further reading Includes a chronology of Dickens's life and works, original illustrations, and an Introduction by Stephen Wall examining Dickens's own memories of his father's incarceration in Marshalsea
Publish date: January 27th 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 985
Edition language: English
Returning from a long trip in India, Arthur Clennam finds his pious mother as unfeeling and callous as when he left her. Seeking to balance her selfishness with acts of charity, he notices that his mother takes an out-of-character interest in a maid: Amy Dorrit. Arthur decides to get to know the Dor...
Like many of his other books, Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit is about the (eventual) triumph of good people over adversity. But it is also about the futility of struggling against the establishment. The good people in this book don’t strive so much as endure what life hands them until good fortune ...
Little Dorrit is one of the less reviewed Dickens, it is clearly not “up there” with [b:Great Expectations|2623|Great Expectations|Charles Dickens|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327920219s/2623.jpg|2612809], [b:A Tale of Two Cities|1953|A Tale of Two Cities|Charles Dickens|https://d.gr-assets.com/bo...
I've enjoyed Little Dorrit quite a lot more than I've enjoyed some other Dickens novels, Bleak House in particular. Sure, Little Dorrit is arguably less funny than the others, but it's also richer, and more tragic. I particularly liked the descriptions of Marseilles and Rome and Venice: they are not...
Little Dorrit is not amongst Dickens' most famous works. I often think with Dickens that the critical reception and popularity of his novels is not a sure fire guide for their relative quality. While, along with everyone, I think that Great Expectations and David Copperfield are the best, I hold t...