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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
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Aug 04, 2008

it was amazing
Read in January, 1979

When I first went to the UK and was doing my version of A Tour Round the Whole Island of Great Britain, which involved many hours alone on British Rail and in B&Bs, this was the only book I took with me - and it was the only one I needed. Because of their length, you could probably say the same about any of Dickens' novels, but somehow this story of two young people going out for the first time to travel through the world on their own (albeit by necessity and not by choice) and meeting all kinds of interesting and eccentric characters had a particularly happy resonance with the circumstances. I still have a tendency to think of Nicholas and Kate, Smike and the Cheeryble Brothers, and of course the colorful Crummles touring theatre troupe, as actual people - they were such great travelling companions! - and although I also have a very nice leather bound edition now, the beat-up old Penguin paperback that logged so many miles with me is still in my bookcase. To quote the redoubtable Mrs Crummles, "It was too, too tremendous!"
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Sharon Powers Just read your review, and I must say, it is si.ply delightful!! I was introduced to Nicholas Nickleby by way of the 2002 film, loved it, and have finally begun reading the book. Anyway, when I read your review, I just wanted to give you a "thumbs up" for it. Thanks!

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