I’ve given myself the goal this year of reading every novel that Charles Dickens has ever written.
I’ve just finished A Tale of Two Cities (for the second time though I remembered so little about it I’m not convinced I actually read it) and started Dombey and Son.
I’ve also recently read Oliver Twist and David Copperfield.
There’s so much to read but compared to Dickens everything is short so I read other works (Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence for a book club that’s just forming, George Orwell’s Down and Out in London and Paris to learn about how writers depict poverty and privation, which I finished last night) as interludes.
“There’s a great BBC series on Dickens,” a fellow customer exclaimed as I bought Great Expectations at Bloomsbury Books on Sunday because our local library didn’t have a copy of it. “I just finished the first part and it was excellent.”
I think he was talking about this. I look forward to watching it but for now I’ve got reading to do.
Postscript: Economic hard times as portrayed by Dickens was the subject of a program on NPR. You can listen to it here.