Patrick Cann

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (76 of 84)
Location: Kenilworth, UK
 

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The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Dickens?, 8 July 2014
I must confess that I was unsure about this one as although it started well I felt it began to meander in the section detailing Nell and her grandfather's wanderings. However all of a sudden it picked up and by then end I was again gripped. Without giving the end away Dickens can be very harsh to his readers.
All the usual Dickens themes are here, poverty, a side of London long gone, villains who are monsters, angelic children, the improbable coincidence and beautiful descriptive language.
This is the nearest I have come to crying reading a book for a long time.
Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet, 17 Jun 2014
Three short ghost stories to be found here. The Signalman and Trial for Murder are both excellent. The Haunted House veers off into abstract territory and ends weakly. In a rare occurrence the BBC adaptation of the Signalman is better than this story and well worth watching. Most enjoyable if one fancies a little Dickens without having to give up weeks of one's life.
The Pickwick Papers (Unabridged Start Classics) by Charles Dickens
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 16 April 2014
I enjoyed this one even if it seemed a bit meandering at times. Must I write more? If you like Sickens then read it. If you are looking to start then pick another one, I can't tell you which as I haven't read 'em all yet.

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