Top 10 Books by Charles Dickens

 

Charles Dickens was an English writer and a social critic. Charles Dickens is known for creating some of the best fictional characters that the world has ever known. He is also considered as one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian Era. He was also considered as a literary genius by many scholars during the 20th century.

Dickens started his career writing short stories in 1833. His stories were based on social evils, some of his novels also had traditional jokes like the “Pickwick”. Charles Dickens also wrote some plays for the theatre. The intelligence and compassion in Charles Dickens enriched his novels and made him a great force and an influential spokesman back in his day.

 

Great Expectations

This is considered to be as one of the greatest novels Dickens’s career though the novel had mixed reviews after it was released. The story is set in London at the beginning of the 1800s. The story is about an orphan named Pip who rises to wealth and forgets about his true friends and is humbled with his own arrogance while pinning for the affection of Estella

Read it For:
It is a classic. The story of Pip, who is rising to wealth and being arrogant while craving for the affection of Estella is very entertaining. Great Expectations is a good read as it features so many different, vivid but lifelike characters that you can hardly imagine them as real human beings.
Don't Read it For:
The story is complex, full of twist and turns and features some of the harsh realities of child exploitation, class struggles, and corruption present back in the day.
What makes this book stand out?:
The strong, engrossing plot, the well-developed romance between Pip and Estella and its mature storyline which is a treat to read. This is also considered as Charles Dickens’s Best books.

Bleak House

Bleak House is a complex story which is about Dickens’s view of the British judiciary system. The novel like other Dickens’s novels contains many characters. The main character Esther is Dickens’s only female narrator. Bleak House centers on generations long law suit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. The story mixing comedy, romance, and mystery, basically focuses on the problems and suffering caused by the inefficiency of law.

Read it For:
Bleak House is among Charles Dickens’s Best Sellers. The story contains scenes of comedy, romance, and mystery. The story is a backdrop of a legal system present back in the day when the novel is set. Esther is also one of Charles Dickens’s lucky orphans on whom the story is set.
Don't Read it For:
Bleak House is a story about the law but is about sadness with the souls of two women, one of them fights for happiness and security while the other is facing insecurity of not knowing who she is.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Bleak House is considered to be the most popular of Charles Dickens’s books. The Bleak House tells about the lives of two women and at the same time gives a backdrop of the problems faced by law and order at that time. The book is a must-read for those who love mystery and romance in the same picture.

David Copperfield

David Copperfield is a story of a young man’s adventure from a young impoverished and an unhappy childhood to the discovery of himself as successful novelist. The novel David  Copperfield remained closest to Charles Dickens’s heart and also had is initials if reversed. David Copperfield is also considered to be Charles Dickens’s Best Book.

Read it For:
There is a part in the story where David the main lead has to work as a child which also runs parallel to Dickens’s own experience when he used to work as a child. The story is a combination of Villainous characters, eccentric characters as well as some normal ones.
Don't Read it For:
The complexity of the story, at some point the story gets sad which may make some readers lose interest in the rest of the story. The story though also considered as Charles Dickens’s autobiography deals with family drama as David’s mother gets married to a violent man and David is faced with a new evil sister.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is an autobiography Charles Dickens’s life when he was a child and had to work when he was a child. This is a truly exceptional tale, and a must read for Dickens’s fans.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist was the second novel by the British writer Charles Darwin. The book was published in 1837. The story is about Oliver Twist who gets caught up with the pickpockets in London as he tries to free himself from their hands he gets in the underbelly of more evils in the capital including criminals, prostitutes and the homeless.

Read it For:
The story has an exciting plot and gives an insight of a criminal’s mind. The story also has many different characters which are very to be portrayed by someone in real life.
Don't Read it For:
It is different than Charles Dickens’s other novels and revolves around criminal activities.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is different from Dickens’s other stories and evolves a lot of information about the crime scene in that time and about the social evils which do make the story much more interesting.
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The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick papers was Charles Dickens’s first novel that was published in 1836. This was Charles Dickens’s Most Popular Novels. The story is about Samuel Pickwick who is the founder of Pickwick club who decides that he and his other three mates should take a trip to remote places far from London. The group then find themselves in highly amusing escapades that offer them an adventure into the life of the nineteenth century England.

Read it For:
The Pickwick papers is considered as one the most humorous work of Charles Dickens. The other reason is its brilliant, romantic and vivid portrayal of the nineteenth century England.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not for those who like serious scenes. Other than Pickwick getting imprisoned.
What makes this book stand out?:
Brilliant comic jokes and the story also gives you an idea of England in the nineteenth century.

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens was published in 1855. The novel is about a girl named Amy Dorrit who is also known as Little Dorrit. It deals with the psychology of imprisonment. The story is about the romance between Arthur and Amy Dorrit whose father was imprisoned for debt from which Arthur learns about the shadows of prisons and how they not only affect the person imprisoned but also his family members that get affected too.

Read it For:
The story revolves around Amy and Arthur, and the romance between that makes the story more interesting.
Don't Read it For:
The story involves the dark shadows of prison that go beyond the walls of prison cells.
What makes this book stand out?:
Not many novels tell you about the problems faced by a family where one member is imprisoned. The story also goes parallel with Dickens’s dad who was also imprisoned for debt.

Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend was published in 1865. Our Mutual Friend was Dickens’s last novel after which he as in a train accident from which he never fully recovered. This is considered his most sophisticated work. The story is about John Harmon who returns from exile to claim his fortune and a beautiful young girl who he never met.

Read it For:
Our Mutual Friend is considered to be the most sophisticated work of Dickens. The story involves mystery, obsession, and death which make a perfect combo for the readers.
Don't Read it For:
The novel is also Charles Dickens’s most complex novels.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel has an unexpected twist and turns and keeps you entertained. This is also Charles Dickens’s last novel ever to get published.

A Tale Of Two Cities

A tale of two cities is about two men Charles Darney and Sydney Carton whose lives get meshed because of their love for the same girl Lucie Manette whose father was a political prisoner

Read it For:
The story is set before the French revolution and gives a great understanding of those times.
Don't Read it For:
The story involves a lot of drama and violence.
What makes this book stand out?:
Set before the French revolution, it gives an idea of the problems people faced back then.

Hard Times

Published in 1854, this is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens. The book tells about the English society and evaluates the socio-economic conditions back in that era.

Read it For:
Interesting facts about the society and about the economic conditions of that era.
Don't Read it For:
Deals with the harsh realities of the era.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is the only novel by Dickens not to have scenes set in London.

Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son was published in 1848. The story is about Dombey who is an owner of a shipping company. Dombey had a wish to have a son who can continue his business.

Read it For:
Like all the other Dickens’s novels, this one also has many interesting characters that help in making the story more entertaining.
Don't Read it For:
Don’t read it if you are too sentimental
What makes this book stand out?:
The storyline in this one is different from the rest of Dickens’s novel with interesting characters.

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