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Perhaps no writer in all of literature was better able to populate his world with memorable characters that immediately seemed so very true to life than Charles Dickens. Dickens' magical touch is evident throughout this delightful collection of stories including Horatio Sparkins, The Bloomsbury Christening and Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings. Bringing the stories to vivid life ar Perhaps no writer in all of literature was better able to populate his world with memorable characters that immediately seemed so very true to life than Charles Dickens. Dickens' magical touch is evident throughout this delightful collection of stories including Horatio Sparkins, The Bloomsbury Christening and Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings. Bringing the stories to vivid life are the wonderful illustrations of Edward Ardizzone. The Boarding House Horatio Sparkings The Bloomsbury Christening Mr. Minns and His Cousin Nobody's Story Going into Society Somebody's Luggage Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy Dr. Marigold Mugby Junction "Births. Mrs. Meed, of a Son" The Lamplighter To be Read at Dusk Hunted Down George Silverman's Explanation


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Perhaps no writer in all of literature was better able to populate his world with memorable characters that immediately seemed so very true to life than Charles Dickens. Dickens' magical touch is evident throughout this delightful collection of stories including Horatio Sparkins, The Bloomsbury Christening and Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings. Bringing the stories to vivid life ar Perhaps no writer in all of literature was better able to populate his world with memorable characters that immediately seemed so very true to life than Charles Dickens. Dickens' magical touch is evident throughout this delightful collection of stories including Horatio Sparkins, The Bloomsbury Christening and Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings. Bringing the stories to vivid life are the wonderful illustrations of Edward Ardizzone. The Boarding House Horatio Sparkings The Bloomsbury Christening Mr. Minns and His Cousin Nobody's Story Going into Society Somebody's Luggage Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy Dr. Marigold Mugby Junction "Births. Mrs. Meed, of a Son" The Lamplighter To be Read at Dusk Hunted Down George Silverman's Explanation

30 review for The Short Stories of Charles Dickens (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This is Dickens at his best. I thoroughly enjoyed these charming, funny, touching stories. It was a fun, light read. Dickens is a master of characterization, and I marveled at how well I could get to know a character in these stories in such a short period of time and how each character or story teller had their own individual voice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I feel bad that I'm DNFing this collection, as well as, giving it a rating, but I have gotten bored (I know I used the "B" word.) with this. The writing is great of course, as its Dickens after all, but the stories are too short for me. I know, I know they are short stories, but I am used to his novels, and I have a complicated relationship with short story collections. Sometimes I like them well enough, but most of the time they are just disappointing. I'm used to Dickens' complex plot lines an I feel bad that I'm DNFing this collection, as well as, giving it a rating, but I have gotten bored (I know I used the "B" word.) with this. The writing is great of course, as its Dickens after all, but the stories are too short for me. I know, I know they are short stories, but I am used to his novels, and I have a complicated relationship with short story collections. Sometimes I like them well enough, but most of the time they are just disappointing. I'm used to Dickens' complex plot lines and long stories. The ones in this collection that I read were okay such as Mr Minn's Cousin, The Bloomsbury Christening, and Horatio Sparkins. The Boarding House was a bit dull and I could not comprehend Nobody's Story. The last one I started was Somebody's Luggage but I could not get through the first chapter, because it was very confusing. This edition does have some lovely water color drawings throughout the collection of scenes from the stories. Though, I have become a fan maybe I am a hardcore enough fan to really appreciate this and I have plenty of other library books (and ones from my personal library) to get through to continue.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Matzeder

    An excellent collection of sketches of people and places of Dickens' England in his inimitable style. These are not so much stories in the traditional sense of narratives having a beginning, a conflict, and a resolution, but are more glimpses into the characters who inhabited a world at the cusp of industrialization where shifting paradigms created horrible, inescapable poverty, told with sincere affection for the individuals he portrayed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    It was interesting to read other things in Dicken's style.

  5. 4 out of 5

    T.

    Some of the short stories were very good and some I did not like.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fazackerly Toast

    brilliant denunciation of the hypocrisy of those who would bring in a bill to Parliament to prevent the poor either working or having any pleasure on Sundays, while ensuring that the rich themselves can still enjoy their leisure activities and employ servants on that day. And the same kind of appalling cant, right honourable and wrong honourable members of the jury, is still being heard in Parliament today.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    A Christmas Carol was a great story. It was better than the shows by far. There really isn't much more to say than it was a great story. The other short stories were okay. That's why I have three stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Priyanshu Singh

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Choma

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sreemoyee Acharya

  11. 5 out of 5

    Evghenii

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Kelley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julian Bretts

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mdb

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nina

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Frick

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meg

  26. 5 out of 5

    shwetha

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  28. 5 out of 5

    LauraT

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aung Hein

  30. 5 out of 5

    Midnight Blue

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