I get it. I do. Dickens was unhappy with English society and he rips into it, as he does in all of his books that I have read. And at times, he is his usual biting/hilarious self. But on the whole this thing is intermnable. It goes on and on and on and on, and there are all sorts of characters, some of whom are hard to keep separate, and many of whom appear to be mere characitures of people I wouldn't know, since I was born in the late 20th century. And the story is not particularly compelling to hold one's interest over 900+ pages. And then of course (spoiler alert?) he imposes his usual wholly inappropriate happy ending on the whole thing. A big waste of my time and it took me absolutely forever to read. My only consolation is I paid exactly $1 for the book, so I can sleep nights.