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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.
I really tried but I just couldn't get through it. I gave up at about 10% (which took me several hours) (No idea what page number since my Kindle doesn't tell me)... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Deborah A. Deckert
This book was in better than excellent condition, nit is going into my china cabinet with the china and plates that are from the bookPublished 2 months ago by penny karrick
I originally bought this book because it was mentioned in Doctor Who, now I wish I had know about it before hand.Published 2 months ago by Teresa Thomas
Dickens is Dickens and this book is a classic for a reason. As I read, it was interesting to compare in my mind the way Dickens expressed something and the way the same thing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Lee