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Little Dorrit (Version 2)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. Preface
2. Book 1, Chapter 1
3. Book 1, Chapter 2
4. Book 1, Chapter 3
5. Book1, Chapter 4
6. Book 1, Chapter 5
7. Book 1, Chapter 6
8. Book 1, Chapter 7
9. Book 1, Chapter 8
10. Book 1, Chapter 9
11. Book 1, Chapter 10
12. Book 1, Chapter 11
13. Book 1, Chapter 12
14. Book 1, Chapter 13
15. Book 1, Chapter 14
16. Book 1, Chapter 15
17. Book 1, Chapter 16
18. Book 1, Chapter 17
19. Book 1, Chapter 18
20. Book 1, Chapter 19
21. Book 1, Chapter 20
22. Book 1, Chapter 21
23. Book 1, Chapter 22
24. Book 1, Chapter 23
25. Book 1, Chapter 24
26. Book 1, Chapter 25
27. Book 1, Chapter 26
28. Book 1, Chapter 27
29. Book 1, Chapter 28
30. Book 1, Chapter 29
31. Book 1, Chapter 30
32. Book 1, Chapter 31
33. Book 1, Chapter 32
34. Book 1, Chapter 33
35. Book 1, Chapter 34
36. Book 1, Chapter 35
37. Book 1, Chapter 36
38. Book 2, Chapter 1
39. Book 2, Chapter 2
40. Book 2, Chapter 3
41. Book 2, Chapter 4
42. Book 2, Chapter 5
43. Book 2, Chapter 6
44. Book 2, Chapter 7
45. Book 2, Chapter 8
46. Book 2, Chapter 9
47. Book 2, Chapter 10
48. Book 2, Chapter 11
49. Book 2, Chapter 12
50. Book 2, Chapter 13
51. Book 2, Chapter 14
52. Book 2, Chapter 15
53. Book 2, Chapter 16
54. Book 2, Chapter 17
55. Book 2, Chapter 18
56. Book 2, Chapter 19
57. Book 2, Chapter 20
58. Book 2, Chapter 21
59. Book 2, Chapter 22
60. Book 2, Chapter 23
61. Book 2, Chapter 24
62. Book 2, Chapter 25
63. Book 2, Chapter 26
64. Book 2, Chapter 27
65. Book 2, Chapter 28
66. Book 2, Chapter 29
67. Book 2, Chapter 30
68. Book 2, Chapter 31
69. Book 2, Chapter 32
70. Book 2, Chapter 33
71. Book 2, Chapter 34

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    Summary

    Little Dorrit, one of the three great novels of Charles Dickens’ last period, was produced in monthly installments from 1855 to 1857, and is considered one of his most profound. Dickens’ father spent three months in Marshalsea Prison for debt, which made a lasting impact on his life. This story centers around life in Marshalsea Prison and, as always, society in general.Book One begins in the infamous Marseilles Prison in France, where two prisoners, Rigaud the French rogue and the ever cheerful Italian Cavaletto, share a cell. We meet them again later, but the scene shifts quickly to the English debtor’s prison, The Marshalsea, where Mr. Dorrit is confined. His daughter Amy is born there, the only baby ever born in that prison. Tiny as a baby, she grows into a sweet-natured tiny adult, better known as “Little Dorrit.” The other inmates love and respect the child and the caring woman she becomes. Mr. Dorrit is also revered by them, and as the inmate with the longest term of imprisonment, he becomes “Father of the Marshalsea.”Enter Arthur Clennam, who meets Mr. Dorrit and Amy. He notes that she takes care of her father’s every need, and also cooks, cleans, and mends the clothes of her older siblings. Arthur suspects that Dorrit was wrongly imprisoned, and begins investigating the case, which may involve his own family as well.In Book Two, Mr. Dorrit has been freed, and his family begins a new life. Arthur Clennam, now a dear friend of Little Dorrit, becomes partner with an engineer and inventor named Daniel Doyce, but a surprising event occurs which puts Arthur into prison. The twists and turns of fortune for himself, the Dorrit family and many others are changed forever.

    Reviews

    DantheMan

    - Had potential

    I also was dissuaded from continuing by the narration. Dickens' language is so precise, so English, that an ESL reader usually has a hard time keeping the energy.

    Sorry - made it to chapter 3 but gave up. Monotone narration hard to follow.

    Arlie

    - Little Dorrit

    Ellis Christoff does a wonderful job of reading this book.