I guess I HAVE to give it a five "star" rating because Dickens is a VERY talented writer.<br/>A word of advice for any novice Dicken's reader would be this...skimming paragraphs or even sentences can leave you missing IMPORTANT scenes of interest. He IS too descriptive on matters that "I" didn't see the need for but when he described matters "I" enjoyed I savored every word. It took me a long time to finish reading this book because of the "old" language and his myriad of vocabulary words!!! This is only the second book I have read of his. My first was Hard Times....now THAT was a HARD read, but I still loved it!!!!