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Over long story telling not quite redeemed by good descriptive prose..
on 12 December 2014
Tedious, I have read many of Dickens's novels and found only the brief Oliver Twist and the tortuous Great Expectations actually engaging and entertaining. In this novel, as with The Old Curiosity Shop I find myself feeling that the female characters existed only for Dickens to create a miserable existence for them, one they had neither the wits or the will to escape. I think Dickens was brilliant at descriptive prose, didn't understand women came in other character types than the middle class damsel in distress or working class prostitute/murderess and tended to write the same story arc but simply shifted the heroes age,the time frame and the location of his story.
I honestly think that although he could exercise admirably concise descriptive prose his story narration and many of the events he over elaborates on are sometimes painfully boring and extraneous.
If Nicholas Nickleby etc made me think Dickens had a fascination with the mawkish and miserable then David Copperfield made me feel he had strange ideas about women, ideas I found annoying. I realise Dickens own experiences and that of his family are often portrayed I thinly disguised form in hus books, but his strange ideas are there as well.. I really don't like the way he portrays women.
By all means make your own assessment, but I have come to the conclusion Dickens is over rated, he wrote Scrooge as well and all those dire overly sentimental Christmas tales..