The Old Curiosity Shop

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Chapman and Hall, 1841 - Antique dealers - 529 pages
In this tale, first published serially in 1841 and 1842, Dickens follows Nell Trent, an angelic and unfailingly virtuous girl of "nearly fourteen" and her grandfather as they navigate a world populated by villains, criminals and ne'er-do-wells. The public response at the time equalled modern reactions to the Harry Potter books, the audience rapt to learn of Nell's fate. Does she live a life of comfort, of which her grandfather dreams? Or does fate have something less noble in store for poor Nell?

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Beautiful. Optimism, courage, suspense filled in this novel. Those who read this novel always reminds " the angel" who left without any complaints and murmurs.
The last sentence is also beautiful
, " such are the changes which a few years bring about, and so do things pass away, like a tale that is told". 

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The Old Curiosity Shop’, was an early book written by Charles Dickens; it started life together with another other of his novels – ‘Barnaby Rudge’ serialized in Dickens’ weekly publication, ‘ Master Humphrey’s Clock’, but then was later published as a book in its own right in 1841.
It is not classed as one of Dickens greatest or most popular books; in fact probably its greatest claim to fame is the rather cutting comment made by Oscar Wilde when he said that "One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing." However I have to admit that this is actually one of my favourite books by Dickens.
 

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