Do you think schools do Dickens many favours by using his books so much in English Literature classes? I remember doing bits of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations at school. We never did the whole book, just sections. Maybe we were supposed to read the rest for homework. My impression of Dickens' work back then was that it was turgid, wordy, dense, difficult to read and old fashioned. It put me off Dickens for about thirty years before deciding to give him another chance on his 200th anniversary. When I read some of the comments by school pupils, I suspect he is having the same effect on them.