Haven’t read any Dickens for a while, not since Hard Times almost five years ago to be exact and this was the second time that I attempted this particular tome.
The first time, I just couldn’t get into it. I found it wordy and the characters didn’t hold together for me. I lost interest, got confused and it came to an abrupt halt.
This time, I still found it a bit tedious but managed to get over the hump, pass the place that I fell at last time and sail through to the end. Some great readers on Librivox helped.
Was it worth it. Yeah, but this is nothing like Great Expectations or David Copperfield. The story revolves around a case of mistaken identity, inheritances passing to the wrong people and everyone out for all they can grab. Along the way, this brings everyone’s true natures to the surface which the obvious characters appearing.
There were a couple of twists which you normally expect from reading Dickens. But these were constructed less skilfully than I expected from the genius. I enjoyed it, but this is not his greatest work.
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