The Old Curiosity Shop (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

Overview

• The book is an edited and illustrated version of the original one and includes 18 or more unique illustrations which are relevant to its content.
• The humour of the shop and the pilgrimage counterbalance the tragic and sentimental story of Little Nell. The story is rich in Dickensian characters, including Mrs Jarley, Quilp, Dick Swiveller, and the Marchioness. A Disney production of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP has recently finished shotting in Ireland, starring James Fox, Peter Ustinov, and Tom Courtenay.
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The Old Curiosity Shop (Illustrated)

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Overview

• The book is an edited and illustrated version of the original one and includes 18 or more unique illustrations which are relevant to its content.
• The humour of the shop and the pilgrimage counterbalance the tragic and sentimental story of Little Nell. The story is rich in Dickensian characters, including Mrs Jarley, Quilp, Dick Swiveller, and the Marchioness. A Disney production of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP has recently finished shotting in Ireland, starring James Fox, Peter Ustinov, and Tom Courtenay.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015561982
  • Publisher: Five Star Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    What the Dickens is up with Dickens?

    Ah, Dickens. If only we could spend our days only with you. He truly is The Inimitable. I won't lie to you, folks. This book isn't perfect. If you haven't read David Copperfield, Great Expectations or Oliver Twist (the three i'd read before this one) - i'd go for one of those. Any Dickens novel, though, if its your first, will be a remarkable experience. His devotion to CHARACTER, and PLOT (don't know how to use italics, so capitals will do for emphasis), as opposed to getting bogged down in long dissertations on what he thinks the story's about, like many Victorians did - is incredible. He did so much for creating the NOVEL as we know it today. When you pick up Old Curiosity Shop, or another one, just try and have fun. Settle back in a nice comfortable chair, and go back in time to Victorian England, and walk through the streets with these remarkable characters, characters that you WILL remember after you've turned the final page. And there are memorable characters in this one. Curiosity Shop has copped a lot of flack in recent years on charges of sentimentality. My answer to that is a shrug. The book's also uneven, and i should warn you that its not actually written in the first person - you lose the narrator you begin with after the first few chapters - which i found slightly deceptive. But don't think of it in analytical terms, think of it as a young Dickens, only twenty five, having only published Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickelebey, and being the hottest new thing in Victorian England. People wait on streetcorners, howling for the next number of Dickens's journals, which carry monthly installments of his novels. But i can't possibly reproduce, and i won't try, the sights sounds and smells of his stories, which if you sit down with them in a quiet place for long enough, you become part of. The Old Curiosity Shop is really about Nell, a little girl, a pure soul, who's surrounded by a bunch of lunatics! Some of the funny, some of them terrifying. What kept Victorians buying the numbers, i think, was wanting to know what happens to Nell in this horrible atmosphere, but i found myself in sheer delight over the characters - which is the most important thing i ask of a novel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Great

    This book is great if u r doing a bio report for 5thgrade. It is a fun book filled with sroreis sad and happy. I want u 2 read this book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    You'll be glad you read it or, better yet, listened

    Think quirky carnival. It's one of his earlier works but there are many moments of sophisticated brilliance: Quilp, the most supernatural of villians, a real psychopath; Samson and Sally Brass, the sleaziest lawyer/paralegal; Dick Swiveler (I'm not kidding), the original antihero you will learn to love, are all terrific. It's a little slow at times, but the good stuff makes it all worthwhile. It's got dancing dogs, wax museums, compulsive gambling, victorian gadgets, and best of all, he paints people with vivid descriptions, a Rembrandt of the pen. He has wonderful insight into human character. Spring for the audio if you can--Dickens used to do readings for money and was a great impersonator--could do all the voices--so its easier for him to come alive in the audio edition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Too poorly OCR'd to be viable

    This book shoukd get a negative stars. Why offer it when it can't be read?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    I would get it

    I would get it ingnore the one about dont waste money on it but it rellay is a good book (novel mabe)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Monsters Do Exist

    Dickens knew that the monsters of fairy tales really do exist in life. He often places an innocent child into the midst of monsters, all disguised of course as fathers and mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles, judges, lawyers, and without a doubt one of the scariest of them all, schoolmasters. In The Old Curiosity Shop, He gives us the story of Little Nell, orphaned, trapped in poverty, and in the care of one of the book's biggest monsters, her grandfather. If you have never read a Dickens novel, I recommend that you start elsewhere, like Great Expectations. If you like starting at the top, then Bleak House. But if you like Dickens and are looking for more, you'll love this book. The great monsters are here, such as Quilp the sexy dwarf. The classic confused , absurd combinations of man and beast are here, such as Dick Swiveler, the priceless minute descriptions of things that is particular to Dickens' genius are here. If you love Dickens, you'll love this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO READ THIS YET

    i HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO READ THIS YET, BUT WILL DO SO IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THEN WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE A FAIR REVIEW

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

    I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens. As I build my library, Charles Dickens is a writer that I intend to collect and read all of the novels that he has written during his prolific writing career.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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