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No Thoroughfare

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No Thoroughfare is Dickens's reworking of a stage play he co-wrote with Wilkie Collins, first published as a Christmas number of his magazine All the Year Round.
Paperback, 121 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (first published 1867)
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Thom Swennes
Aug 14, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All lovers of the written word
One of Charles Dickens’ lesser known works, written in cohesion with Wilkie Collins is a novella written in the form of a play, No Thoroughfare. Instantly the reader experiences the Dickens’ touch as the tale unfolds in The Overture. One of the main characters Walter Wilding mourns his mother’s death and makes plans to hire a housekeeper and treat his company employees as the family he always wanted but never quite had. He had been rescued from an orphanage by his mother after she had given him...more
This is a fun Dickens. Although, I love Dickens, so that makes it easy to enjoy! It's in "play" form, and as most Dickens' it has great characters. I probably wouldn't say it's my all time favorite of his, but it's definitely a fun read.
I love Wilkie Collins AND Charles Dickens, so this was a real treat for me. Not the best book ever written, but I still enjoyed it tremendously...
BonSue Brandvik
I never seemed to be able to find time to read classic literature, but with help from the iPhone/iPad app called "Audiobooks", I am currently zooming through a free audio collection of classics!

"No Thoroughfare" by Charles Dickens is a wonderful story about destiny and love in an era when class hierarchy was still prevalent. The story revolves around what seemed to an innocuous decision of an administrator in an English orphanage to reuse a name. You see, whenever the orphanage gave a name to a...more
Two boys from the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in adulthood.

Browsing the freebies in the Kindle store, I came across this mystery thriller and was intrigued by the combo of Collins and Dickens.

Wikipedia explains: "In 1867 Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins collaborated to produce a stage play titled No Thoroughfare: A Drama: In Five Acts, [...]which opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 26 December 1867.

"The novel No Thoroughfare was also first published i...more
No Thoroughfare is far and away the best of Dickens' collaborative works. Co-written with Wilkie Collins, it is a melodrama in "four acts" beginning with a dramatic prologue in a house for foundlings, and culminating in the final act learning the true identity of the foundling--with an epilogue that ties up the last loose end.

It is tightly written from beginning to end, with a well constructed plot--at least allowing for the standard repertoire of coincidence that is allowable in these sorts of...more
My Inner Shelf
Peut-être pas aussi renversant que le suggère le résumé mais certes inattendu ! Très agréable à lire (quelques heures suffisent) l’intrigue parait faussement simple dès le départ, mais le dénouement nous détrompe et nous prend par surprise. Les débuts du roman à énigmes, l’ancêtre du polar. Dickens et Collins furent des amis très proches durant de longues années. Collins est connu pour être le précurseur du roman de détective et aurait fortement inspiré Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pour les aventures...more
Favorite character: the guy in the wine cellar (Slade? He isn't mentioned much) who is very grumpy and superstitious and dour - until he gets to spend some time on the topside. Love the way Dickens goes about showing his characters, it never gets old. The plot for this one was less than awesome - I think Collins and Dickens work in opposing ways - Dickens uses just the right touch of humor in everything, and Collins is straight-faced throughout. Interesting to have two great writers working toge...more
Mar 14, 2012 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chrissie
The free e-book is available at Gutenberg Project.

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Another literature gem’s found by a great chance. However, I couldn't find the corresponding title of the English version.

First sentence:
Quel jour du mois et de l'année? Le 13 Novembre 1835. Quelle heure? Dix heures du soir sonnant à la grande horloge de St. Paul.
I like superbands. Tom Morello with Chris Cornell? Sign me up! But here's Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, who I didn't know even knew each other. There are a few Dickens-esque false turns (you don't really know who the main character is going to be for several chapters), and a dramatic hike through a dangerous and exotic locale. There's even one of the strongest women in the Dickens-verse, who seems like a sissy until you get her alone in a raging storm on a mountain peak (her hulking Britis...more
Marts  (Thinker)
'No Thoroughfare' begins with one Walter Wilding mourning his mother's death and re-organising his household. However during these proceedings he finds out some rather startling news about his past and this leads to a rather complicated chain of events...
I just listened to this one. It was fairly enjoyable but I didn't think that the plot held together as well as most of the other Dickens that I've read. I think that listening instead of reading changes the way you perceive a book, though.
Mar 06, 2014 ☯Bettie☯ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: spotted on Libbeth's profile
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Didn't seem very Dickens...the story line was predictable in my opinion but it kept me interested, it keeps you thinking and you're drawn into the mysteries presented in the plot line.
Dickens, Charles
A Tale of Two Cities; The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; The Uncommercial Traveller; No Thoroughfare

In compilation only.
Lori Henrich
It was ok. Not to much more to say. Not feeling very impressed with this.
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A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awarenes...more
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