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Pages: 338

Language: English

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 Aug. 2017)

By: Charles Dickens(Author)

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The story of Little Nell and her "tragedy of sorrows," told in a blend of realism and fairy-tale The sensational bestselling story of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, seems to belong less to the history of the Victorian novel than to folklore, fairy tale, or myth. 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and many more. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • By Gordon McRae on 1 April 2017

    This was an interesting experience.. Althoough I knew a lot of the stories by Dickens from Radio and TV productions, I had never actually read any of his books. I found his decriptive passages verbose and his reported speach brilliant. But, since this book started out as a serialised work in a periodical, its length is not surprising but it will take a modern reader some time to adjust to the 19th Century style. However I did enjoy the experience.

  • By Will Bale on 1 April 2015

    I couldn't think of a suitable adjective that has not been over-used in the past to place in the title of this review that would express how good I think this piece of literature is. I.e. Emotional, epic etc.It's about the journey of a group of individuals centred around little Nell and her Grandfather, who are victims of circumstance. It's about inequality, poverty and the desperation it causes. It has a range of highly interesting characters and settings. To date this is the only Dickens book I have read in entirety but one's impression is that throughout many of his works the author wanted to shine a light on the under-dogs of class inequality inherent in British society.Some people who haven't read these works will try to claim that they are outdated but they're wrong; this book is as relevant as ever because unfortunately injustice, poverty and inequality still exist in the world today.I'm glad I read the book instead of watching a film version as I can't imagine that it would ever be as good. The quality of writing is magical.If you have a taste for good literature and a good attention span then you should read this book but you might want to take your time and savour the writing instead of reading just for the sake of it.

  • By Kindle Customer on 25 October 2015

    I thought I would read a bit of Dickens for a change and was amazed at how exciting it was; adventure, danger and happiness, the whole gamut of emotions. The characterisation was really good and I could just see these people in my mind's eye. The writing was beautiful and carried me along to the rather sad ending. There was plenty of humour too and I laughed aloud as well as feeling sad in the sad places and cross at the injustice meeted out by the baddies. The pace is fast and furious with very few slow areas; the picture Dickens painted of Victorian England was very revealing. I thoroughly recommend this book and will certainly read more.

  • By gary rooke on 15 August 2017

    yes a fascinating read and nice to re visit the classics and it did the job. I do like the writings of Dickens and this was great.

  • By fairview on 18 August 2017

    Charles Dickens is not for everyone-you have to be patient-the story unfolds in a curious and extensive way but that is why this book so magical. Many characters-many places-many situations-much emotion and at times despair-this story about a child and her grandfather pulls the reader into the story -be ready to feel part of the novel before you turn the first page.

  • By Jools on 24 July 2017

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