Best novel by Charles Dickens for a 15 year old?
Can anyone recommend a good Charles Dickens that would be ideal for a 15 year old. I respect Mr Dickens a lot and intend to read all his novels...but for now...it would be great if anyone could recommend a good one (for 15 years old lol ).
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I would recommend 'A Christmas Carol', it's for all ages. Also the one that I personally like is 'A tale of Two Cities'. All his books are terrific, however and I would rate Dickens as one of the best authors of all times. I have read all his books except Dombey and Son. You can take any of his books be it Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Dorrit, Martin Chuzzlewit, Nicholas Nickleby, but for now, do not choose Bleak House. Although it is a very beautiful book, it is a bit dense and will be complicated to follow for a 15-year old. There is a book of short stories by Dickens known as Christmas stories. It is most often printed in the same book as 'A Christmas Carol'. It features the stories 'The Chimes' and 'The Cricket on the Hearth' and one another but I can't remember the title right now.
There are other authors whom I really like apart from Dickens. If you really like reading, you could check them out(after finishing with Dickens, of course!):
Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, Adam Bede, Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Grapes of wrath, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl,Tortilla flat by John Steinbeck
Tess of the Duberville, Jude the Obscure, The return of the Native, Under the Greenwood tree, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Villette, Shirley, The Professor, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Agnes Grey, The tenant of Windfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Diary of Anne Frank
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth and any other play by Shakespeare
The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and other stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fury and Light in August by William Faulkner
All Quite on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
Night by Elie Wiesel
Black Boy by Richard Wright
The Picture of Dorien Gray, the Canterville Ghost, Salome, Vera Or The Nihilists,The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles
Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malroy
The Metamorphosis by Kafka
Candide by Voltaire
Heart of Darkness and The Scret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Lost world by H.G.Wells
Roll of Thunder, Hear my cry and Let the Circle be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor
A Grain Of Wheat by Ngugi
Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
The Grass is Singing by Dorris Lessing
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
A Room with A View and A Passage to Indiaby E.M.Forster
Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez
A House For Mr Biswas and Mr Stone and the Knights companion by V.S.Naipaul
The Guide, The English Teacher, Waiting for the Mahatma and Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan
A Streetcar named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennesse Williams
All My Sons, Death of A Salesman, The Crucible and A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Reef, The Custom of the Country, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
To the Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Hope this helps!
- 1 decade ago
I would recommend Oliver Twist because it has childlike theme but at the same time has the grimness for a growing 14 year-old, it has great lesson and at the same time it's one of the best and loved novel of all time, together with a christmas carol, it's also somewhat an autobiography of Charles Dickens when he was a child and it is well suited for a Charles Dickens fan just like you, hope you enjoy it as I did, Good luck.Source(s): I'm a book worm.
- suzie_lea_2007Lv 61 decade ago
I started with Oliver Twist. I was 15 at the time. So far this is the only one I have read fully. It's probably the easiest to get in to. I haven't read it yet but going by story lines David Copperfield would be a good one to follow it up.
- James BLv 41 decade ago
Two good ones are:
Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. I found, as a 15yo that David Copperfield was too turgid for me. Both Oliver Twist and Great Expectations have a story line that keeps driving ou to the end.
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- 4 years ago
It depends what you prefer to read; I am also a 15 year old girl, and my all time favourite books have been the 7 Harry Potter books- they're interesting, entertaining and without a doubt adventurous! The storylines of the first six tie together in the 7th book, which adds to the greatness! Another book I like is The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.
- slashgirl_1984Lv 51 decade ago
Like the other answerers have said, start with Oliver Twist - it's the best one of his I've read so far, and though it can be confusing at times, it's well worth the effort and I think you'll probably appreciate it at your age. It has pretty much everything one could want - adventure, suspense, a hint of romance, some laughter, some tears...
Enjoy the read!
- 1 decade ago
David COpperfield and Oliver Twist!
- T MLv 61 decade ago
I would recommend either Oliver Twist or Great Expectations.
- Anonymous1 decade ago