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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
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May 27, 12

Read in May, 2012

I'm currently reading all of Dicken's novels in chronological order. This is the third book, and I am approaching the end. It's fascinating to watch the development of a writer by reading their books in order.

As is appropriate for a writer in the infancy of his writing, Dickens seems fascinated by children and their sufferings in his early books. This book was made between Oliver Twist and The Old Curiosity Shop, both of which have children as their protagonists. Nicholas Nickleby has a young man as the hero, but the most memorable section of the story is set in a Yorkshire school where the children are treated abominably.

Overall, the book is very good, and portrays a world of injustice, that is balanced by the virtue and benevolence of other characters. Morally, the characters can be found across the spectrum of good and bad, as in all Dickens novels. There are some memorable scenes and characters, though some of the plot elements are not as well-integrated, as in later novels. There are also a few tedious passages. Nonetheless, there is plenty of humour and excitement to enjoy along the way.
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