What are the best Charles Dickens books?

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    #1Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    Andrew Ortiz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I have long been a fan of reading great novels of all time. One of favorite authors is Charles Dickens. From reading his many novels, I believe his best book is Great Expectations. "
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    #2The Cricket on the Hearth

    The Cricket on the Hearth

    John Peerybingle is a carrier who lives with his young wife Dot and their baby boy. This family's life has strong connections with Caleb Plummer, who has a daughter named Bertha and a son Edward, who was supposed to be dead, but will end up taking a very important role in the love affairs to come. 


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    Catherine Martin
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The story has some interesting plot twist. It shows how the dead can still mess with the present."
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    #3The Chimes

    The Chimes
    This short novel written by Charles Dickens is the second book from the 'Christmas Books' series, a collection of books with strong moral and social messages. It narrates the adventures of Trotty Veck, a ticket-porter who was on the verge of losing faith and will to live, only to be blessed by magical chimes New Year's Eve. 


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    Emily Hall
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Chimes sounds like a very good book by Charles Dickens. This is a 2nd book in the series, so the first one should be read first to keep the series in order."
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    #4Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 

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    Shaurya Yadav
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is one of Charles Dickens' best works. A serial written between 1852 and 1853, it tells tells a satirical story of the English judicial system at the time. At times it can be tragic, hilarious and informative. The stories of the many characters in the book are all interesting and make for an enjoyable read."
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    #5The Battle of Life

    The Battle of Life

    The fourth book of the 'Christmas Books' series is set in an English village narrates the lives of two sisters, Grace and Marion, who are happily living in this village next to where an historic battle was held: just like in that battlefield, they have to fight for everything in order to succeed at their lives. 


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    Ralph Reynolds
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "The Battle of Life is a really great read, but it definitely isn't the best book by Charles Dickens. I like the story, but when everybody thinks of Charles Dickens, they're going to think his best book is A Tale of Two Cities."
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    #6Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens is a nonfiction biography book about Charles Dickens written by Claire Tomalin. This book was published on October 17, 2011 by The Penguin Press.


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    Kathleen Hopkins
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "he is an very famous author . he writes biography in the books regarding the charles dickens"
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    #7The Uncommercial Traveller

    The Uncommercial Traveller

    This book is a collection of sketches and reminiscences of Charles Dickens, that were originally published in the journal called 'All the Year Round' he founded in 1859. In these semi-autobiographical texts, Dickens reminisces about his childhood and past through the streets of London. 


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    Amy Riley
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Dickens at his most objective. His description of the wreck of the Royal Charter and his appreciation of the work done by the Rev Hughes and his household for the families of the victims is a literary and historical highlight. This work is an informed commentary about people, their strengths and foibles, and events as Dickens observed them mostly in and around the London of his day."
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    #8The Old Curiosity Shop

    The Old Curiosity Shop

    This book tells the story of Nell Trent, a young and beautiful girl who lives with her maternal grandfather in his shop. Despite loving living with her grandfather, she is kind of lonely due to not having friends of her age, but that will be the last of their problems when, after gambling all his money, both her grandfather and Nell found themselves living as beggars. 


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    Bruce McDonald
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This is a classic book and a good read. I could not put it down. Charles Dickens never disappoints."
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    #9The Pickwick Papers

    The Pickwick Papers

    Written for publication as a serial, this is Charles Dickens' first novel, a collection of vaguely related adventures in which Dickens, narrates with a great dose of humor the life of Samuel Pickwick, founder of the Pickwick Club, and many of is members. 


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    Joseph Newman
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "The Pickwick Papers isn't a great book. This was Dickens' first novel and it shows. "
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    #10Nicholas Nickleby

    Nicholas Nickleby

    Published as a serial, Dickens' third novel narrates the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, whose father died under strange circumstances after a poor investment and is now the only one able to help his mother and sister, who have no choice but to leave the comfortable lifestyle they had in Devonshire and are forced to move to London. 


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    Heather Reyes
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Charles Dickens is always a classic and while Nicholas Nickleby doesn't get the attention of some of his other work, it's one of my favorites. The story maintains Dickens' trademark humor and UK setting with lots of fun, different,and odd characters. Very readable with beautifully descriptive and transporting language--a great entry point for anyone new to the author!"
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    #11Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist
    Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress, is a novel by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of the orphan Oliver Twist, and is notable for its unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.

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    Diana Williamson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "While I'm not a huge fan of Dickens to start with (never pay an author by the word), this is definitely one of his best. You really get to understand the plight of Oliver while never really taking away his agency fully, and it has some good twists and turns to it."
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    #12David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charles Dickens with an introduction from David Gates. David Copperfield was published by Modern Library.


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    Victoria Nguyen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "There is a long list of the best Charles Dickens books and David Copperfield is certainly at the top. This one draws most closely from Dickens' life and is a must read."


Best What are the best Charles Dickens books
1Great ExpectationsBooks 37 Paid
2The Cricket on the HearthBooks 36 Paid
3The ChimesBooks 34 Paid
4Bleak HouseBooks 26 Paid
5The Battle of LifeBooks 22 Paid
6Charles DickensBooks 18 Paid
7The Uncommercial TravellerBooks 12 Paid
8The Old Curiosity Shop Books 9 Paid
9The Pickwick PapersBooks 7 Paid
10Nicholas Nickleby Books 5 Paid

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