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Is there anything you would change about this book?
This is one of Dickens' earlier novels and does not have the structure of the mature ones (starting with "Dombey and Son"). The illness and suffering of Little Nell thrilled Dickens' contemporaries but is likely to seem quite tedious to our contemporaries. At least, that is how I find it. Nevertheless, like all of Dickens' novels, there are wonderful characters, incidents, and narration. This should not be one of the first Dickens novels you read, but by almost any other fiction writer, it would be a masterpiece.
What other book might you compare The Old Curiosity Shop to and why?
Not as good as Dickens' later novels (starting with "Dombey and Son"), but like the other earlier ones, very much worth reading.
Would you be willing to try another one of Gerald Dickens’s performances?
Did The Old Curiosity Shop inspire you to do anything?
Remind myself how good Dickens is.
Any additional comments?
I find Gerald Dickens' performance quite annoying. Since there are alternatives, in the middle of Chapter 4 I decided to try one of them, the one by Gerald Hagan. But I wish the old one by David Case/Frederick Davidson would be restored to the catalogue. He is unsurpassable.
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Gerald Dickens does his great great grandfather proud in his exemplary performance of what has become one of my favourites of Dickens' books upon first listening. Such a breathe of fresh air after the brilliant but dark and brooding Oliver Twist, Curiosity Shop contains excellent narrative, full of twists & turns, intrigue, comedy, dark humour, lightheartedness and disappointment but never predictability. Gerald Dickens is an excellent narrator, bringing the story to life.