That is not Amy on the cover!
I think it's Fanny, Doyce or Clenham
and Mr. Casby? What do you think?
As I was tired and lacking motivation when I started this review, here is a two part review of the things I enjoyed and the things I didn't.
THINGS I ENJOYED
Dickens put several lessons into this book, some subtly, some not as subtly, but still not what I would call preachy. The most important lesson I came away with was from Miss Wade. She always thought that people were doing things to make fun of her rather than to be kind. She actually was a fool. Sometimes I catch myself doing this, and it scares me. I don't want to turn out to be a bitter person like Miss Wade. While I don't agree with the Meagles' treatment of Tattycoram/Harriet, I do think their motives were pure. I appreciated Miss Wade's backstory, something I don't remember from the miniseries. Doyce also taught practical lessons: always try hard, don't get bitter, surround yourself with people who can fill up your weak places.
|Because Doyce needs his own picture because he's that cool!|
Cavalleto: He's awesome! From the first chapter, where we learn he can draw maps and sleep anywhere (something I wish would come into play more later), he captivates me!
Plonishes: They were so nice! I liked how they were represented in the miniseries possibly more...
Sparkler: He was pure of heart and funny. He didn't put on airs and obeyed without question. I feel bad for him with a wife like Fanny and a mother like Mrs. Merdle...
Uncle Fred: He was so nice, but broken down by life. Actually, paired with his brother it was kinda ridiculous.
From Sink Me!
Pancks: The tugboat!! He was amazing! A true friend and always busy (A good or bad thing depending on the situation..) I loved Dicken's using him as a tugboat!
Maggy: I loved Maggy! She was so genuine and real.
Now to the other parts of the book that weren't characters. The Circumlocution Office segments were great! "How not to do it" and "how to do it" were beautifully represented. The Barnacles got on my nerves, but I suppose it's an accurate picture. Dickens' prose, although at times wordy, is beautiful! Sometimes the book would get boring, but then I would get to a great passage/metaphor. The day I finished Little Dorrit, I started Little Women. Nothing against Alcott, but wow, going from Dickens verbosity to Alcott's short sentences was a shock! The plot was impeccably pulled off, although the end took a while to come together, or maybe I missed stuff? Anyway, I highly recommend watching the miniseries close to reading this because it kinda helps you visualize the plot, and the miniseries is verrrry close to the book! (Score for the BBC)
Things I Didn't Like
Although I loved most of the characters, some of them reallly got on my nerves.
|This is the second-most-awkward scene in the miniseries.|
The first is the stair scene with Flora, but I couldn't find a screencap for it :(
|Which hat is worse?|
And I seriously thought he was a clergyman because of his collar...
The Merdle scenes, especially the dinner parties, and the dialogue of the circumlocution office were pretty dry and boring and didn't really have bearing on the story.
Finally, another controversial point... I didn't get Rigaud. Sure, he murdered somebody, but nobody in England knew that until later! Was he just really creepy looking or something? I think he may have been explained better in the miniseries. Please tell me if I missed something! He was creepy though...
Over all, I enjoyed this book. It was just a leetle too long. I know Dickens can write a great book that's shorter (A Tale of Two Cities). I'm glad I read this, and highly recommend this if you like Dickens. However, if you've never read Dickens before, please start with A Tale of Two Cities. Also, this post was kinda long because it's kind of a long book!!