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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006 - Fiction - 684 pages
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This is a unique novel by the timeless writer Charles Dickens, evidently denunciates the utilitarian approach prevalent in the Victorian era. Collision between reality and fantasy is the major motif of the novel. The life-like characterization with the tinge of mild humour makes the story interesting and compels the reader to enjoy the situational irony. A must-read novel!
 

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Contents

BOOK THE FIRSTSOWING
1
A LOOPHOLE
18
THE KEYNOTE
46
SLEARYS HORSEMANSHIP
60
MRS SPARSIT
92
NEVER WONDER
108
SISSYS PROGRESS
122
STEPHEN BLACKPOOL
141
MEN AND MASTERS
329
FADING AWAY
345
GUNPOWDER
374
EXPLOSION
404
HEARING THE LAST OF IT
434
MRS SPARSITS STAIRCASE
454
LOWER AND LOWER
465
DOWN
486

NO WAY OUT
154
THE OLD WOMAN
172
THE GREAT MANUFACTURER
203
BOOK THE SECONDREAPING 247 HUSBAND AND WIFE
234
EFFECTS IN THE BANK
247
MR JAMES HARTHOUSE
279
THE WHELP
298
MEN AND BROTHERS
311
VERY RIDICULOUS
512
VERY DECIDED
534
LOST
554
FOUND
577
THE STARLIGHT
598
PHILOSOPHICAL
648
FINAL
663
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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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