I am one of the unfortunate students who had to read this book at degree level in my first year of university. The book is good in that it explores the themes of class, love, relationships, friendship etc, however it is considered as highly boring to students of today. It should be realised that this book was compiled together from Dickens' serial publications; each series was then bought together and made into one book. However, this had the downside of it being EXTREMELY long, and tedious and nerver racking owrk for poor students in the future. If you are going to read this book for your studies I advice each and every one of you to read chapter summaries, because some chapters do not need to be read thoroughly. Good Luck to All!