Nicholas Nickleby

by Charles Dickens, Hablot K. Browne, Mark Ford

Penguin Books Ltd | September 25, 2003 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Nicholas Nickleby is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

Penguin Classics e-books give you the best possible editions of Charles Dickens's novels, including all the original illustrations, useful and informative introductions, the definitive, accurate text as it was meant to be published, a chronology of Dickens's life and notes that fill in the background to the book.

The work of a young novelist at the height of his powers, Nicholas Nickleby is one of the touchstones of the English comic novel. Around the central story of Nicholas Nickleby and the misfortunes of his family, Dickens created some of his most wonderful characters: the muddle-headed Mrs Nickleby, the gloriously theatrical Crummles, the slow-witted orphan Smike, the pretentious Mantalinis and the mindlessly cruel Squeers and his wife. The novel's loose, haphazard progress harks back to the picaresque novels of the 18th century, particularly those of Smollett and Fielding. Yet its exuberant atmosphere of romance, adventure and freedom is overshadowed by Dickens' awareness of social ills and financial and class insecurity.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 25, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014192022X

ISBN - 13: 9780141920221

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Over Evil, Love Over hate. The main player in this stories Nickolas Nickleby, goes through many hardships in this story, but comes out as a champion, in the ring of kindest, and goodness. After Nickolas father dies he's force to take a job (as a teaching asst) at a private school, with a mean head master, and a wife that is almost as mean he is. After Nickolas leaves the the private school, because he beat up the head master, for threatening to beat a boy named Smike with a cane. Smike and Nikolas leave the private school together, and this is were story starts to get interesting. Also in this story we meet Nickolas Mother, A kind lady who talks to much. And his sister Kate, who is a all star Women. She is kind, pretty, and smart. Early on in the book, we meet the mean uncle Ralph. Who we find out near end of the book ( within the last 100 pages roughly ) That Ralph has many skeletons in his closet. As always from reading a Charles Dickens book, we get a excellent perspective on what living in the 19Th century in England was like.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dickensian Delight A big read, but worth it in almost every way. Mr. Dickens does not need me to sing his praises, but if you have not read him since high school I recommend that you give him another go now that you have matured. The characters are wonderful (both the good and the bad) and the plot, although contrived, is a pleasure to read. It's interesting to compare how Austen and Dickens portray young women. If you like Nickleby, then try "Tom Jones" and "Pickwick Papers".
Date published: 2009-03-11

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Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 25, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014192022X

ISBN - 13: 9780141920221

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Penguin Classics e-books give you the best possible editions of Charles Dickens's novels, including all the original illustrations, useful and informative introductions, the definitive, accurate text as it was meant to be published, a chronology of Dickens's life and notes that fill in the background to the book.

The work of a young novelist at the height of his powers, Nicholas Nickleby is one of the touchstones of the English comic novel. Around the central story of Nicholas Nickleby and the misfortunes of his family, Dickens created some of his most wonderful characters: the muddle-headed Mrs Nickleby, the gloriously theatrical Crummles, the slow-witted orphan Smike, the pretentious Mantalinis and the mindlessly cruel Squeers and his wife. The novel's loose, haphazard progress harks back to the picaresque novels of the 18th century, particularly those of Smollett and Fielding. Yet its exuberant atmosphere of romance, adventure and freedom is overshadowed by Dickens' awareness of social ills and financial and class insecurity.

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