Old Curiosity Shop

Old Curiosity Shop

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by Dickens
     
 

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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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789626348925
Publisher:
Naxos Audiobooks
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Edition description:
Abridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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