"The Old Curiosity Shop" tells the tragic story of Little Nell. Raised by her loving grandfather, the actions of the malevolent Quilp sees the pair cast out of their home and falling into poverty. A moving story of courage and pursuit, the novel blends a realistic portrayal of the damaging effects of industrialisation with fairytale elements. It ...
"The Old Curiosity Shop" tells the tragic story of Little Nell. Raised by her loving grandfather, the actions of the malevolent Quilp sees the pair cast out of their home and falling into poverty. A moving story of courage and pursuit, the novel blends a realistic portrayal of the damaging effects of industrialisation with fairytale elements. It is based on the world-famous Nonesuch Press edition of 1937. The text is taken from the 1867 Chapman and Hall edition, which became known as the Charles Dickens edition, and was the last edition to be corrected by the author himself. The Nonesuch edition contains illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ('Phiz'), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour and George Cattermole. The new Nonesuch Dickens reproduces the original elegance of these beautiful editions. Books are printed on Natural Cream shade high quality stock, are quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker and feature special printed endpapers.
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HAVING REaD THE BOOK BEFORE THE STORY WAS FAMILIAR, my reading again because of having seen a recent drama series of it; I found it boringly focussed (too much time of story on this), on the wanderings of g-father and young girl Nell. In my opinion Dickens liked to write, to picture poor young girls, 10-16 year olds, in poor circumstances bravely trying to cope with life, in this story ending that part of book on death of the g-father and girl. In other parts of the novel Dickens pictures a dreadful, ugly dwarf, for a time manipulating characters to his wishes, later getting his just punishment by an accidental death; an odd delopment of story is the character D. Swiveller, who first appears as a selfish, odd-ball man easily taken advantage of by others, later becoming a near hero of the story. I'm inclined not to ever read the book again, opinion that it's inferior to some, maybe most of Dickens' other novels.
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