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Nell is on her way home to the dusty shop where she and her grandfather live a rather mysterious life. The old man disappears every night--visiting gambling dens with the naive hope of winning a fortune. Instead he sinks deeper and deeper into debt. Enter Daniel Quilp, moneylender, who becomes furious upon learning that the grandfather is a pauper and will never be able to repay his tremendous debt. Quilp seizes the curiosity shop and begins making lecherous overtures to Nell, so she and her grandfather steal away one morning to seek their fortunes elsewhere. But the demonic dwarf is never far behind.
Sound effects are employed judiciously and serve mainly as a springboard for the listener's imagination. The sound of a crying baby is enough to convey the image of crowded lodgings and genteel Victorian poverty, while raucous laughter and high-pitched squawks evoke the barely controlled chaos of an outdoor Punch and Judy show. The dramatization pares Dickens's weighty novel down to two and one-half hours, but does so skillfully, retaining Dickens's wit, marvelous dialogue, and delightful characterizations. (Running time: 155 minutes, 2 cassettes) --Elizabeth Laskey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although 19c writing is seriously bogged down with run-on sentences compared to today's usage of English, this one is a must-read just as an experience following Kit and little... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Linda Kosoff
As a Dicken's fan and one who has read almost every Dicken's novel, this was not at the top of my list but I did enjoy the book.Published 17 days ago by Candice
I have been reading Dickens' books for the past two years. This is the first one that I felt was totally misnamed. It should have been named Little Nell. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. K. Hayes
It's perhaps Dicken's weirdest work, in that the heroine defies our expectations in dying instead of surviving to marry Kit & live happily ever after. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MSZMURAK
It's been 55 years since I first read The Old Curiosity Shop. Little Nell Trent, her grandfather, Quilp, Brass--are old familiars to me.
Dickens is a master story-teller. Read more
Just a wonderful read. The characters are pure good or purely evil. He is verbose, as we expect and I always learn new vocabulary from his novels, even at my advanced age.Published 4 months ago by J. A. Barrett
Not the very best of Dickens, but a good second-ranker. The personification of Evil in Daniel Quilp is brilliant, as is the young alcoholic Richard Swiveller. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story with the usual Dickens incredible prose. What a wonderful book to wile away the evening instead of zoning with the TV.Published 5 months ago by M. D. Wider
I have been reading and enjoying Dickens' books for many years but somehow missed this one. I am glad I finally read it, as it is one of his more entertaining, pulling the reader... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Roy