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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Dickens Biography, 3 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Dickens (Paperback)
When you first pick up this book in a bookshop or look at it online the first thing that hits you is obviously the size of it. From beginning to end Ackroyd's "Dickens" spans 1256 pages and to read it may seem like a daunting mission. This is not the case; Ackroyd is one of the best historical-biographial writers of our time and he knows how to make sure that long does not equal tedious. For fans and students of Dickens alike every word in this biography is essential; you may even find that you wish it was longer, I certainly did. The book chronicles everything Dickens from his birth through all of his works in periodicals and theatre to his sad and sudden death in 1870. To try and list the contents of this book would make the review over 200000 words long so i won't even try, but when I say everything I mean EVERYthing is in here from Dickens's family to his railway accident, his feelings, emotions, beliefs, experiences and relationships. There are also many caricatures and photographs of Dickens's life and times included, that add delight to what is already a wonderful read. If, however, you feel that 1300 pages really is too long but you still want to read Ackroyd's version of Dickens (which you should) try the abridged 500-page tie-in version that accompanied the BBC series in 2002. If you can manage the full version, you will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2010, 14:15:05 GMT
Hello there, are you sure you are reviewing the right edition? I have a copy which matches the ISBN stated here on Amazon; although it is a large hard cover, it is only 160 pages long including all of the rear index, not the 1300 page nor the 500 page editions you mention. It may be that the ISBN can cover different editions, I didn't think they could but as there are obvious differences there must be some reason for this. Cheers. JH
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