Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

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'I shall never regret doing as I have - never, if I starve or beg in consequence.' When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby proves both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, and Nicholas finds himself forced to make his own way in the world. His adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray a extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics- Wackford Squeers, the tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys; the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas; and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummle and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterized by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius at its most unerring.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1999
ISBN: 9780140435122
0140435123
Branch Call Number: DICKENS C
Characteristics: xxxvi, 816 p. ; 20 cm

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 19, 2018

One must remember that this was written in the 19th century and can be a bit difficult to read, with extremely long and detailed descriptions of location, thought and action not found in today's works. Like many of Dicken's novels, the plot is convoluted and chronicles the tale of a young person and his family who have fallen on hard times and the people who both help and hinder their well being. Highly recommended for those who enjoy these old classics or just the patient reader who enjoys a good story.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 14, 2014

Humor, drama, pathos, with a boatload of intriguing characters. Entertaining throughout.

SHETALKSTOANGELS Dec 30, 2012

My favorite Dicken novel.
Wonderful.

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isabella86
Mar 30, 2012

I really don't like Victorian lit, but his writing has invaded my head, and I find myself thinking of the characters and wanting to find out what has become of them at odd moments of my day. Well done, Charles Dickens.

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