Old Curiosity Shop

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A bestseller that gripped the nation when it was first published, The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel of sharp contrasts: of life and death, youth and age, desire and innocence, humour and villainy.

For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. Five years later he wrote, 'the desire to be buried next her is as strong upon ...

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Overview

A bestseller that gripped the nation when it was first published, The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel of sharp contrasts: of life and death, youth and age, desire and innocence, humour and villainy.

For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. Five years later he wrote, 'the desire to be buried next her is as strong upon me now ... and I know (for I don't think there ever was love like that I bear her) that it will never diminish.'

The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters -- the eloquent ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller; the hungry maid known as the 'Marchioness'; the mannish lawyer Sally Brass; Quilp's brow-beaten mother-in-law, and Quilp himself, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9789626348925
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Table of Contents


References and Abbreviations

Introduction

Descriptive List of Editions

THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP

Appendices: A Additional apparatus; B Dickens's number plans and memoranda; C Weekly and monthly parts of Master Humphrey's Clock; D Distribution of MS among compositors; E Preface to Master Humphrey's Clock, vol. I; F Preface to the Cheap (1848), Library (1858), and Charles Dickens (1867)
Editions; G 'Master Humphrey from his Clock Side in the Chimney Corner'; H Variant issues of The Old Curiosity Shop; I The descriptive headlines added in 1867; J Finding list of illustrations; K Little Nell on stage

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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 7 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.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    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.

    1 out of 2 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?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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)

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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 10 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.

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