Thursday, September 15, 2016

Little Dorrit (!!!!)

Ladies. Followers. Friends.
I finished Little Dorrit--the book and the movie--last Friday and 

Absolutely marvellous.

I don't know where to start...but I will anyway.

I started reading the book when my best friend and I were talking about how our reading lists had been mostly fluff lately and we didn't feel like reading anything hard or deep but we felt like we should, and she suggested a Dickens. I didn't want to read Dickens, but she convinced me to agree to read Little Dorrit. I didn't own a copy so I downloaded one with my Kindle app, and started reading.

And I liked it! A lot! I didn't find it hard to get into, like I thought I would, and 300 pages in I found I really, really liked it!

Sooo...Random but (hopefully) coherent thoughts:

- First, Mr. Clennam (shocking, I know). But really! He's simply wonderful! I have never, ever read about a hero like him. 

-For one thing, I have rarely read books that showed the hero's point of view, and I enjoyed that in this one.
-He's so nice. He's consistently kind and caring, he's never rude (not really; sometimes he's a little sharp when he has to be, but it's just for the good of someone else), he always puts other's needs before his own.

-He is a gentleman.
Such a gentleman. He's polite, he's honourable, he takes care of others, etc. I love it.
-He is genuinely concerned for Little Dorrit.
This, of course, is a huge reason why we all love him. He finds out about Little Dorrit and takes her and her family into his arms--or under his wing, or whatever--and does everything he can to help them. He didn't know them before, but he still tried to help them in any way he could.

- Amy Dorrit (another shocker). 

-I have never read a book (or seen a movie) with a heroine like Amy Dorrit. It seems to me that a lot of heroines are liked because they stepped out of the "norm" and did things that weren't expected of them; they are often independent and outspoken. Little Dorrit? Not she. But in the very best way possible!
-She does everything she can for others before she thinks of her own needs. Look at her relationship with her father! She sacrifices everything she can for him! 

-She enjoys working hard, and she never complains. 
-Seriously, I'm pretty sure she's perfect. 
(And I LOVE that she finally gets the happiness she deserves in the end!)

- John Chivery. John Chivery!!! 

He is the single most chivalrous person I have ever read about (much less met). I am nearly 100% sure his last name, Chivery, is just a play on the word "chivalry" (it makes sense, doesn't it?).
Never, in all the many, many books I have read and all the (less than that) movies I've seen, have I ever wanted so strongly to comfort someone. I want more than anything to just take John in my arms and let him cry on my shoulder and smooth his hair and listen to him talk about Amy and give him lots of love and comfort. 
(Amy, I actually have a hard time forgiving you for this! You made John cry! CRY, for pity's sake!)
(But I know, you didn't love him and you most certainly deserved all the joy you got in marrying Arthur.)
Okay, but I'm a little torn about darling John. I feel like I'd love it if he found happiness again, but I feel like it couldn't possibly happen, because he loves Amy so much that it wouldn't be quite right...You know?

Because it's evident that he really, truly loves her, with all of his heart. 
Only true love would treat the person she loves with kindness and respect for her sake. Only true love would do that. His love for her is absolutely beautiful and it positively breaks my heart. I so wish he could find happiness but...I don't know. 
See? I just want to comfort him. Give him a shoulder to cry on. I'd love to be his sister or something.

- I didn't like most of the characters. 

Usually when I read a book, I like most of the characters well enough. There are, of course, one or two or three that I dislike, but in this one I disliked most of the characters and there were only a couple that I liked. But, of course, the ones I liked were amazing enough to make up for it!

- I HATE Monsieur Blandois Rigaud. 

I have never hated, despised, loathed, and dreaded anyone in any book or movie this much. He is the very personification of evil. I actually skipped half the scenes with him in the movie because he was just so evil, it felt evil. I didn't like it. Don't worry, I didn't miss anything because I read the book.

- Not to end on that note, The Wedding at the End. 

Little Dorrit is finally as happy as she deserves to be! She gets to marry the man she loves so dearly! 
Here, just watch this:


This book/movie is wonderful. 
I a-Dorrit!
(I am surprised I have not seen that pun before, but I have three possible explanations. 1, it's far too lame for anyone to actually say even if they thought of it, or 2, I haven't read/seen enough Little Dorrit stuff to have seen it, or 3, no one has thought of it before. I don't think the last is very likely, though.) (I really am sorry if you all are groaning or just rolling your eyes and wondering how I could say such a thing.) (I wonder if this counts as ending a post badly.) (Enough with the parentheses.)

(Here, we'll end the post with these instead. :)

Anyway, Little Dorrit!!!! Have you seen or read it? What did you think?


  1. Eeeeeek! RAE! I love, love, LOVED this review! Excellent job, my dear!!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Little Dorrit! I've read parts out of the book, but I've never actually read the whole thing. As to the movie, I've lost track of how many times I've seen it. Isn't it SO good, though?! (Well, actually, there are a few minor things I could have done without, but overall it's an excellent movie!)

    Yeeees! ARTHUR! I LOVE him! He's one of the sweetest, most gentlemanly heroes EVER! And Amy! Yup. Just about perfect. Thankfully, though, she's not the kind of perfect that annoys me. (Yes, there are perfect heroines who annoy me. Heehee. ;))

    And Joooohn! Ohhhhh. Don't talk about it! You almost had me tearing up with all that you had to say about him. Poor, poor John. His story is SO sad. (I want to comfort him, too!) :(

    Oh yeah. That movie definitely has some completely dislikeable characters. (Miss Wade is another one. Ick! Can't stand her.)

    HAHAHA! Your pun! Good one! I confess I had to read it over a couple times before I actually got it (my brain has been very slow lately), but yeah...I don't know why I never thought of that! ;) Maybe you really were the first to think of it. That would be cool if you were. :)

    Lovely post, Rae! I enjoyed it very much!! :D

    ~Miss March

    1. Thank you!!!

      You should read the book. :) I recommend it. As to the movie, those "minor things you could have done without" in the movie, I agree. But actually, the book did not go into any of them like the movie, and actually they completely added some of them in the movie that were not in the book at all. But I did LOVE the movie!! It was marvellous.

      Yesss, exactly! Sometimes, as...L. M. Montgomery? said, "Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked" but not in Amy's case! She was the kind of perfect that made me love her.

      I KNOOOOOOWWW...Jooooohn!!!

      YES. Miss Wade. I strongly dislike her.

      Haha. :)

      Thanks for your comment, dear Miss March! I've missed you!

    2. I really should. Maybe next time I'm in a Dickens mood I'll choose that one. :)

      Haha. I never heard that quote before. It's rather true, though. I get my hackles up quite easily when the heroine is too perfect. So glad that isn't the case with Amy! She's a darling. :)

      Aww. Thank you! I've missed you, too, Rae. :D

  2. I have read three of Mr. Dickens books, and I'm reading David Copperfield right now, but now I'm going to have to read this one!!

    1. This is the first one I've read. You should definitely read it sometime!

  3. Oh... oh my poor dear John... I tear up when she refuses him, I get a lump in my throat when Arthur comes to the Marshalsea and the scene and agh! My heart! But I almost SOB, when Mr. Dorrit threatens him with a poker!! I get so mad at him (Dorrit, not John), and then I remember what has been through and I am so sad for him, and even sadder for Amy!!!

    For me, after John being my favorite character, I like Uncle Fredrick (Oh! The scene where he dies!!!!! *wails and sobs and wrings out handkerchief*) then Amy, Arthur, and I just love Edmund Sparkler. *laughs hysterically* he has The. Best. Pouty face EVER. And his LINES and his clumsiness and his entire character are just too hilarious for me to think straight! Then I also like Affrey. I mostly feel sorry for her, but she is a good old soul, and she deserves a better husband and mistress than she has. I love it that even after all Mrs. Clennam did to her, she still looked after her when she left her house and was distressed when she died. Like, Affrey is just... one of a kind. Like Amy, but much older and much weaker. Amy has more spirit, but they are hoth loving and caring and patient to the last.

    I'm sorry to disagree, but I love/hated Rigaud. Like, he is pure evil and he scares the living daylights out of me, but at the same time he is so psycho that I can't help admiring his brilliant mind and his... I don't know. I'm awfully wierd like that.

    Oh! I also like Panks!!!! He cracks me up!
    And Mr. F's Aunt. *dies of laughter*

    I couldn't stand Mr. Merdle (did I spell that right?). Ugh! I don't know. I just.... no.

    Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to read the book, but I plan to soon.... or someday at least!

    You always write such fun posts! I love reading them!!

    1. I KNOOOOOWWW. *Goes to sob some more*

      HOW COULD I FORGET TO GIVE UNCLE FREDERICK HIS OWN HIGHLIGHT IN THIS POST?!?! Rae, Rae, Rae. But YES, I LOVE him, and the scene where he dies...I definitely cried.
      Edmund Sparkler is hilarious, agreed. "Sparkler." "Yes?" "Be quiet." "Quite." (Is that how it goes? Something like that.) YES, his pout. :D
      Affery, too! I forgot to mention her! Agh. I agree, she deserves better.

      Hmmmm...we'll just agree to disagree on that one. :)

      PANCKS. Yes.

      I agree. I wasn't really sure what to think of him for a long time, and I was just prepared to tolerate him or dislike him depending on how he turned out. But how he did turn out! *shudders* I'm glad people warned me to skip that scene!

      You should definitely read it someday!

      Thank you so much!!! That's so sweet.

      Thank you for your lovely long comment! It was delightful. (Also, I just followed your blog. :)

    2. Oh dear Sparkler. Yes, that is how it goes. My sister and I often quote scenes with he and Fanny. I am usually Fanny, and she is Sparkler. It is such fun!!

      Good ol' Pancks.
      "Chivery Old, and Chivery New, just the men I want to see. *snort*" :)
      "Uncle Ned *snort* is dead!"

      You're welcome! I so enjoy commenting! But I fear I always say too much!
      (Why thank you!! I just followed yours!)

      P. S. I was thinking of doing some "My Face When..." posts, I hope you don't mind me stealing your idea!

    3. I would love to see some "My Face When" posts from you! It isn't exactly my idea anyway; no one owns an idea! :)

    4. Well then I shall!! I am so excited!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this + I agree with you on everything. Amy is the SWEETEST heroine and ahhhh JOOOOOOOOOOOOOHN MY POOOR BOOOY. :'-(

    And that pun!!!! LOVE it! Why did I never think of it before? :-O

    1. THANK YOU.

      JOOOOOOOHN!!!!!!!!!! I KNOW.

      Well... thank you! :D

      Thanks for your comment!!

    2. Your new blog look is really REALLY cute.

      Yesterday I used the dorrit pun on someone and she laughed. I should have given you credit, haha.

    3. THANK you!!!

      Haha, no. :) I'm glad you and she liked it. My sisters found it incredibly lame. Hahaha.

  5. "I a-dorrit."XD Oh Rae, Rae. You are priceless.<3 I can't wait to read and watch this!! Is the movie completely appropriate, though? I just want to be safe.:)


    ~Rilla Blythe

    1. Hahaha, awww.
      Oh, yes, I forgot to mention (I guess because I was thinking of the book, in which it isn't a problem) but there are some scenes that I skipped. There was one scene with Monsieur Rigaud and a girl, and there's a gory suicide scene. I also looked away/turned off the volume for a couple other more minor things. But the book is clean!

      THANK YOU!!! So kind.

  6. Now I really MUST go read Little Dorrit!! I've read a bit of Dickens but never Little Dorrit and it sounds really awesome! (Also, I actually loved the pun! ;D)

    1. You should definitely read it!
      Thank you. :)

  7. I have seen Little Dorrit and liked it a lot!! Really a lot! The Little Dorrit book..I havne't read it, only a little, but that one was not the official one. And that pun was really good!
    I a-Dorrit. That's just lovely! I never thought of it in that way!

    1. Thanks for your comment! Little Dorrit is great, isn't it? :)


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