out of 5
Review by Mary
Being my first Dickens book, i was initially a little naive to to the style, and i found it a little hard to get into for the first hundred pages or so. However, i am so pleased that a persevered with it, because i found myself creating attachments to the characters and truly 'getting into' it! I was surprised by some of the characters portrayal; i'd heard rumours that Dickens portrayed the female characters a boring and pathetic, such as was the social preconceptions at the time. However, Agnes, Little Emily and Rosa Dartle were all in my opinion some of the best characters in the book, with Agnes being a voice of wisdom and intelligence, with Rosa being feisty and independent and Emily having a slightly contraversial story line. I was however dissapointed in David's choice of wife; Dora was pathetic, and somewhat tedious to read about. I was a little dissapointed with the ending because i would have liked to see the horrible Uriah get more of what was coming to him. Despite that, and Dora, this book was excellent and therefore deserves a four out of five (a 4.5 if i could).