There are many things that came together in this book to make it such a good read. I loved the episodic style that made each new chapter feel like a new adventure in the story. I loved the humour and the drama. I absolutely adored the cast of characters who ranged from villain to virtuous and who I hated to say goodbye to. I loved the language. I loved the time period and the setting and last but not least I loved the pictures that were included in my edition. They were highly detailed, often comical and brought the scene to life. Now I can't deny that Dickens gets a bit long winded at times but there were so many things to enjoy in this book that I just looked at it as more to love. This was an enjoyable and entertaining reading experience.