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The Old Curiosity Shop (2 Cassettes)
     

The Old Curiosity Shop (2 Cassettes)

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by Charles Dickens, A. Full Cast (Reader)
 

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In his most haunting and powerful novel, Charles Dickens captured the hearts of a nation with Little Nell and the poignant story of her "tragedy of sorrows."

Hounded by poverty from their home, Nell is uprooted from a secure and pleasant childhood and cast into a world where evil takes many shapes. Pursued by the lecherous and malignant Quilp, the young

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In his most haunting and powerful novel, Charles Dickens captured the hearts of a nation with Little Nell and the poignant story of her "tragedy of sorrows."

Hounded by poverty from their home, Nell is uprooted from a secure and pleasant childhood and cast into a world where evil takes many shapes. Pursued by the lecherous and malignant Quilp, the young innocent and her elderly grandfather embark on a journey from the dark heart of the city to the countryside in search of the peace and tranquility that is destined to elude them.

The Old Curiosity Shop is a story of contrasts: youth and old age, beauty and deformity, freedom and restraint. Expansively comic, sentimentally tragic, it is sometimes fairytale and sometimes myth. Now, in this exclusive BBC presentation, Charles Dickens' haunted characters are brought brilliantly to life in a production that is dream-like and sentimental.

Produced by the world's foremost creators of radio entertainment, The Old Curiosity Shop illustrates the Victorian world at its most bleak, yet manages to do so with a heart-warming vitality that listeners won't soon forget.

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Gr 7-12-Dickens story of contrasts: youth and old age, beauty and deformity, freedom and restraint.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553524925
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
BBC Radio Presents Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hrs.
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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The Old Curiosity Shop 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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I would get it ingnore the one about dont waste money on it but it rellay is a good book (novel mabe)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shoukd get a negative stars. Why offer it when it can't be read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.