Other than A Christmas Carol, I think Oliver Twist will be our first Dickens book (unless another is recommended instead?).
Should I read it aloud or have it be read independnetly?
I think it's the better-written and drawn novel. The plot is less kitschy, the characters are fascinating, the plot twists and turns less nutty. I also don't like the murder of the prostitute in OT. My kids read OT, but I think it better left to a bit later. True, there is crime in GE too, but no murders of prostitutes. :-) Plus I think one of the better drawn characters in Dickens is Miss Havisham and her room she walks around every day. I think she's fascinating in a morbid way. LOL One of those scenes I read in a book as a kid and have never forgotten these many years later.
So, do you the Great Expectations is okay for an 11 and 12 yr. old? In terms of comprehension and interest-I don't want them zoning out on me.
I'm trying to make the best decision of a first serious Dickens book. I've got three lit. books I want to read next, 2 heavy and 1 light; I have the other two picked out.
Gillian Anderson (X-Files, Bleak House) is going to be Miss Haversham in the new production of GE; I can't wait!
JFYI other homeschool curricula companies schedule Great Expectations for an upper elementary Read Aloud and save Oliver Twist for high school. Great Expectations is considered to be Dicken's masterpiece. I love Dickens but I find GE depressing. My favorite Dicken's novel is David Copperfield. It is quite long but it never fails to fascinate, educate, and entertain me. I have never read Oliver Twist yet, but it on my to be read list.
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