The Old Curiosity Shop (Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 6 Jan 2003
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The lascivious and repellent dwarf Quilp who dogs saintly Little Nell and her feckless grandfather is one of Dickens's most vividly nasty creations. Anton Lesser is wonderful in all the intricacies of this powerful fable a sound investment for winter evenings. --Rachel Redford, The Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The Old Curiosity Shop is a story of the road, a genre at which Dickens excelled. Little Nell and her grandfather, pursued relentlessly through England by the evil and loathsome dwarf Quilp, meet a fascinating variety of vividly portrayed characters, including Mrs. Jarley, and Codlin and Short, the Punch and Judy men. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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There are so many things going on it, and although some things are just *too* coincidental, it never fails to grab you into the story. Couple this with the fact that Dickens can draw a wonderful picture of London of his time, and you feel part of the whole thing.
The characters are wonderful as well - my favourites being Quilp, the evil dwarf, and Richard Swiveller (his antics 'working' in the office were always highly amusing).
In short, a real rollercoaster of a novel, thoroughly recommended!!
The novel wins the reader over most through its array of characters, both major and lesser, who are never dull and are always brilliantly drawn and entertaining. Many past readers have criticised Little Nell and Kit as being too good to be true (and irritating as a result); I didn't find that to be the case, although in fact I found Quilp, the evil dwarf, to be more tiresome in his relentless nastiness. The star of this book, I think, is the memorably named Dick Swiveller, a bon vivant who doesn't often pay his bills - he is a highly amusing creation who entertains the reader, is quite central to the plot, and, I would argue, is the only character who really develops throughout the novel.
One last comment on this particular edition of the book. I must admit, I have always been a fan of Everyman classics in hardback. They don't cost all that much more than the standard Penguin classics/OUP paperbacks - and they look and feel like books of such a high quality, made to last. The cloth binding, the integrated ribbon bookmark and the thick paper of the pages are all luxurious.Read more ›
First of all, I found it eminently 'Dickensian' in several aspects: the captivating characters, Dickens' rarely equalled talent for the spoken word and to give each character its very own voice, the overall sheer exuberance of the language, the sometimes rickety plot, and an amazing story-telling talent that captivates from page one and keeps you reading on well into the night. Concerning those characters, it struck me - more so perhaps than in the other novels I've read - that it's above all 'the villains' that are most powerfully depicted and claim center-stage.Read more ›
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My sister bought all the Katie books for me as a child. I was enthralled with her antics. Got this to add to my collection. Reminds me of when I was young.Published 12 hours ago by dosh1
Not sure the title makes sense as there's no action in a shop to be honest. The writing is beautiful as Dickens is but the story is a little dull. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Robi Kemp
No body can beat Charles Dickens for a good well told storyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Dickens humour and plays on death, justice and poverty make this one of his classic stories, if a little too drawn out to be his best.Published 1 month ago by JRob