tj asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

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 ).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    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.
  • 1 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.

  • 1 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.

  • 1 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 M
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I would recommend either Oliver Twist or Great Expectations.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Nicholas Nickleby

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