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The Old Curiosity Shop

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"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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
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TYPICAL DICKENS,NOW BORING

by slfwrite72nnl@verizon.net on Jun 18, 2009

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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