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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.
Most Dickens heroes seem like real people, with both good and bad character traits.
Intentionally syrupy and over-sweet, Dickens writes so perfectly as to make the reader wonder how anyone could ever write so gorgeously.
The very idea of Rumpole getting an ASBO and also going for silk has got to make you want to dive into this one.
This style of writing is wordy and more atuned to the period of speech. The story was able to keep my attention even with the unusual manner of speech. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful read, though due to the many characters that are introduced, it sometimes gets a little confusing and hard to follow.Published 6 days ago by Art Spenner
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 2 months ago by Deborah A. Deckert