Originally Posted by Astor Kaine
Great Idea! I've tried reading Dickens, but i've never been able to get very far into any of the ones i've tried so far.
If you can adjust to his self-taught style he's very readable. It is said that if you took away the name headers in a Shakespeare play, you could still tell who was speaking simply by the style, the same is probably true of Dickens. Every character speaks with their own, easily-identifiable voice or dialect.
If you want to get into Dickens then some of his shorter works, or so-called "sketches by Boz", might be your best bet. They're all written pre-Pickwick
but even at age 21 you can see his judgemental, arrogant, and delightfully descriptive style flowing through. I'd recommend the 1835 sketch of Newgate prison. It essentially explains the gallows-haunted world of Oliver Twist