Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago today


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You may be aware that 7 Feb 2012 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth.
Charles Dickens at 200 | Books | The Guardian

I've set myself the goal of reading all of Charles Dickens novels this year. I read Bleak House and Little Dorrit a few years ago, but I now want to work my way through all of his novels. I'm going to do them in chronological order & have started with Pickwick Papers.

Are there any ADers who have read them all? And those of you who have read Dickens stuff - which is your favourite novel?

The BBC do some great adaptations of his stories. In the last month or so, they did a new version of 'Great Expectations' and 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' which I've enjoyed watching.


Old Deaf Ranter
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When I lived in El Paso , TX, I read a lot of Dickens and Horatio Alger, for the reason that the library had a smaller collection in English as a lot of the materials were Spanish language.

I think The Old Curiosity Shop was one I really did like.


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I've read many of his books but not all of them. Old curiosity shop was my first Dickens book that I read. Little Nell's death shocked me then even though I could see that coming.