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The Old Curiosity Shop

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – Chapter 1
3. 02 – Chapter 2
4. 03 – Chapter 3
5. 04 – Chapter 4
6. 05 – Chapter 5
7. 06 – Chapter 6
8. 07 – Chapter 7
9. 08 – Chapter 8
10. 09 – Chapter 9
11. 10 – Chapter 10
12. 11 – Chapter 11
13. 12 – Chapter 12
14. 13 – Chapter 13
15. 14 – Chapter 14
16. 15 – Chapter 15
17. 16 – Chapter 16
18. 17 – Chapter 17
19. 18 – Chapter 18
20. 19 – Chapter 19
21. 20 – Chapter 20
22. 21 – Chapter 21
23. 22 – Chapter 22
24. 23 – Chapter 23
25. 24 – Chapter 24
26. 25 – Chapter 25
27. 26 – Chapter 26
28. 27 – Chapter 27
29. 28 – Chapter 28
30. 29 – Chapter 29
31. 30 – Chapter 30
32. 31 – Chapter 31
33. 32 – Chapter 32
34. 33 – Chapter 33
35. 34 – Chapter 34
36. 35 – Chapter 35
37. 36 – Chapter 36
38. 37 – Chapter 37
39. 38 – Chapter 38
40. 39 – Chapter 39
41. 40 – Chapter 40
42. 41 – Chapter 41
43. 42 – Chapter 42
44. 43 – Chapter 43
45. 44 – Chapter 44
46. 45 – Chapter 45
47. 46 – Chapter 46
48. 47 – Chapter 47
49. 48 – Chapter 48
50. 49 – Chapter 49
51. 50 – Chapter 50
52. 51 – Chapter 51
53. 52 – Chapter 52
54. 53 – Chapter 53
55. 54 – Chapter 54
56. 55 – Chapter 55
57. 56 – Chapter 56
58. 57 – Chapter 57
59. 58 – Chapter 58
60. 59 – Chapter 59
61. 60 – Chapter 60
62. 61 – Chapter 61
63. 62 – Chapter 62
64. 63 – Chapter 63
65. 64 – Chapter 64
66. 65 – Chapter 65
67. 66 – Chapter 66
68. 67 – Chapter 67
69. 68 – Chapter 68
70. 69 – Chapter 69
71. 70 – Chapter 70
72. 71 – Chapter 71
73. 72 – Chapter 72
74. 73 – Chapter 73

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Summary

The fourth novel published by Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop was initially published in weekly installments between 1840 and 1841 and follows the poignant journey of the virtuous young girl Nell and her loving grandfather as they are forced to bear the hardships of life. Dickens cleverly employs contrasting eloquent characters as a utility to bring out the dissimilarity and injustice present in society. The novel introduces orphan Nell Trent and her grandfather, who live in a run-down store that is distinctive for its worthless bits and pieces. Even though Nell does not complain about their impoverished state, her grandfather is troubled by his resolve to ensure the financial wellbeing of his granddaughter and rescue her from poverty after his death. However, this obsession only leads him downhill, as he turns to frequent gambling escapades, which are funded by the vile Daniel Quilp. Consequently, the grandfather is unable to pay back the loans, and the scheming Quilp is quite happy to sell all the merchandise within the store, while also forcing the two residents to vacate. Subsequently, Nell and her grandfather begin their journey out in the open, searching for paradise while living the life of beggars and experiencing the hardships of destitution. Despite their already dire circumstance, the pair is further burdened by the pursuit of Quilp, who is hot on their trail with the belief that they have some hidden fortune. Sadly, Nell and her grandfather seem to be entangled in a web of misfortune as they become shadowed by the malevolent Daniel Quilp, her selfish brother Fred and his friend Swiveller, as their chances of a new life grow slimmer with every passing moment. Dickens’s use of suggestive language, evocative imagery, distinct characters and vivid vignettes, effectively set the foundation for one of his most celebrated pieces. Furthermore, Dickens also proficiently employs hyperboles, sarcasm, humor, and a combination of themes to generate the essence of the human condition. Due to the sentimental portrayal of Nell and her grandfather, their grueling journey in search of peace and their endless supply of hope, the novel remains a classic with the ability to capture the imagination of the audience. Additionally, it stays close to the heart of its reader as it evokes heartfelt sympathy and demonstrates the everlasting battle between good and evil.

Reviews

DantheMan

- Great narration

I was displeased with the end of the book, but that's not this wonderful narrator's fault.

dg

- wonderful

EXCELLENT narrator! How can anyone keep up with all the different characters' voices! Well, she does and it is great! Long book, but very enjoyable to listen to and become a part of all the characters.

PJP

- Brilliant

Mill Nicholson does this wonderful book justice with her narration. Her reading is very clear and the diction spot on. She captures the mood of each moment and the voice of each character excellently. great stuff!