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The Old Curiosity Shop (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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First serialized in 1840, the tale of Little Nell roused unprecedented hype for its conclusion—the Harry Potter of its day

In an old curiosity shop, amidst the gloom and poverty, lives a grandfather and his beautiful granddaughter, "Little Nell" Trent. When Nell's grandfather gambles away money borrowed from the vengeful and sadistic Daniel Quilp, the shop is seized in payment for overdue debts and both Nell and her grandfather are evicted. ...
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Overview

First serialized in 1840, the tale of Little Nell roused unprecedented hype for its conclusion—the Harry Potter of its day

In an old curiosity shop, amidst the gloom and poverty, lives a grandfather and his beautiful granddaughter, "Little Nell" Trent. When Nell's grandfather gambles away money borrowed from the vengeful and sadistic Daniel Quilp, the shop is seized in payment for overdue debts and both Nell and her grandfather are evicted. Homeless, Nell and her grandfather are left destitute, but this is only the beginning of Nell’s tragic journey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783730988800
  • Publisher: BookRix GmbH & Co. KG
  • Publication date: 3/3/2014
  • Sold by: Readbox
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 865
  • Sales rank: 1,361,455
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    Excellent but depressing

    When I read this book, I truly thought that Nell and her grandfather resembled Charles Dickens and his struggle to find a decent life. Nell's Grandfather is a gambler who is suddenly not able to keep his curiosity shop because he lost so much money gambling. The snobbish of the rich are shown here and also the child who just wants to keep them together. I recommend this classic for Dicken's lovers.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    Must INTENSE character

    I truly believe that this story... is dedicated to the memory of his sister-n-law and not into a gripping plot....the plot loses significance as you learn about who Mr. Quilp, the granddad and Nell are as people...I was really touched by this book...b l e s s D I C K E N S!! .. P.S. I have read NEARLY them all.. 3 more to go Charly.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    The Old Curiosity Shop

    What is there left to say about Charles Dickens? The Old Curiosity Shop is why Dickens holds his own in the circle of classical liturature. Dripping with Dickens charm, The Old Curiosity Shop is an understanding tale about the traps of addiction, the iron fist of poverty, and the abounding strength of love and the human spirit. Readers can empathize with pure, little Nell, steadfast and courageous Kit, and even Nell's frail, but good hearted grandfather, as they go through a string of discouragements brought on by debt. The Old Cusiosity Shop deserves a place in every school library and on every book shelf in every American home. Get your children started on Dickens as early as possible. Dickens isn't something you can afford to grow up without.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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