Around 350 pages
I hope the four posts I did give you enough reading material for awhile since this is a really busy time for me and I have a couple other books lined up before I get to the next one on The List. Of course, if it takes you two weeks to read four posts, I don't know why you are on a book blog in the first place.
This is our seventh Dickens book on the list and there is no end in sight. When I am done with all of these I am going to reward myself with cupcakes. Hell, I am going to do that any way but at least now it will have meaning.
Josiah Bounderby is a rich factory owner who predictably is a major jerk (hey, it is Dickens after all and he is rich). He marries his best friend's daughter, despite him being gross and her being good looking. Stephen Blackpool, a factory worker, walks around with a halo around his head but is stuck married to a terrible woman. And there is someone named Sissy, I think? Damn, now I can't remember. And I am having trouble finding any particle in me that cares.
So the good news? I think this is the shortest Dickens on The List. This book aims to bring attention to poverty in England at the time. I don't know about you, but every year in school we would have a unit on the Industrial Revolution so I kind of already know that it have sucked to be alive back then. Maybe in his time, he was divulging new information, but I was bored as soon as I turned the first page.
Mixed reviews from critics. Yay, some are on my side for once!
UP NEXT: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.