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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
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I stayed up late to finish this novel, and it was well worth the lack of sleep! Nicholas Nickleby is an engrossing and exciting read; full of some perfectly nasty, evil, and some very good-hearted characters. Also, I have to say that I had no idea that the conditions at the so-called "Yorkshire schools" were so incredibly deplorable. Yet for every moment of 'doom and gloom' in the novel, Dickens comes right back with the 'bright light' and 'flowers' of the better side of humanity.

The novel is fast-paced and relentless in its point and counter-point as our hero, Nicholas, goes from adventure to adventure making life better for his sister, Kate, his mother, and his wonderful circle of friends and companions, especially his beloved, Smike (one of Dickens' characters I refer to as 'Saints'). With each Dickens novel I read, I am becoming more and more appreciative of the term "Dickensian" and realize how few truly great writers have the ability to so fully engage the reader's intellect and emotions in the plot and characters of their novels. If it has been a few years, or you've never read this novel, I thoroughly recommend sitting down and immersing yourself in the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. You'll love every moment!
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Laurel Hicks Another winner, Mr. Dickens. This is truly a novel worth reading over and over. Perhaps the character who engrosses my interest the most is Newman Noggs. Oh, and Tim Linkinwater! I love how his story ends. The names of the characters in this novel are wonderful.


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