I've never liked Dickens' books, though I've read them all. Mostly, it's his sentimentality and his clotted prose that puts me off, but there's also his essentially liberal, rather than radical, view; he regards poor people as inferior creatures to be taken care of by their wealthy superiors, but never seems to consider the eradication of poverty. Outstanding poor people are to be rescued by philanthropists.
That said, I agree passionately with this article by Pen Vogler.
Good, cruelty-free food is a right for everybody, whatever their income or status. It was a radical message to many of his Victorian readers. Do we still need to listen to it? In a country of food banks, children going breakfastless to school, and lifestyle diets that separate rather than unite, perhaps we do.
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