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Wilkie Collins
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No Thoroughfare

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  235 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most impor ...more
Published April 4th 2005 by Project Gutenberg (first published 1867)
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Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit, plays
No Thoroughfare is a play co-written by two literary giants: Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Both of them were renowned Victorian authors who had different writing styles, and I was curious to read a production of their joined effort.

The story combines Collin's touch of mystery with Dickens’s satire which makes it quite interesting. The Overture sets a mysterious tone to the story which was to follow. This part I trust to have been dominated by Collins, for my mind raced back to the first c
Renee M
A charming little find for a reader working her way through the works of Mr. Dickens. A bit of research would suggest that No Thoughfare was both the title of a play and its novelization. (Pre-Hollywood cleverness, apparently, since interest in one was likely to increase box office sales and visa versa.) Plus, it represents a collaboration between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins in the last years of the former's life. It is a "must read" simply for the sake of trivia, but also as sheer entert ...more
Thom Swennes
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Ahmad Sharabiani
No Thoroughfare, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins
عنوان: عبور ممنوع؛ نویسنده: چارلز دیکنز؛

رمانی است اثر مشترک چارلز دیکنز و ویلکی کالینز. نخستین بار در سال 1865 م. منتشر شد
Inese Okonova
Nekādas īpašas literāras kvalitātes šajā Dikensa un Kolinsa kopdarbā neatrast. Luga burtiski mudž no abu dižgaru iemīļotāko klišeju summas kvadrātā. Te ir gan bērnībā samainīti bāreņi, nepareizajam bārenim atstāts liels mantojums, romantiska mīlestība, ļaunu vēstījošas zīmes, nodevīgs un slepkavniecisks sāncensis, atmaskojošs dokuments, izglābšanās no nāves par mata tiesu Šveices Alpu pārejā, slepens seifs kalnu klosterī, senu vēstuļu nejauša atrašana, laimīga sagadīšanās un, protams, laimīgas b ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
'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...
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little known collaborative work from renowned Victorian authors, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, "No Thoroughfare" was first produced as a play and then released as a novel. These guys certainly knew how to market their brand.

The plot is one of mystery and romance and involves mistaken identities, a nasty villain, a surprising heroine and, in the end, a satisfying reveal. As is usually the case in a Dickens' tale there are a number of interesting, well-crafted characters encountered some
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: spotted on Libbeth's profile
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Jason Furman
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novella
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
Jul 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Tam May
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins so of course when I found out they had cowritten a book together I was anxious to read it. This did not disappoint. Some reviewers have said that the book is good though not great and I agree with that assessment when you compare it to the works of each separate author. But as a collaborative work, it is highly entertaining. You can see the influence of both writers and their individual styles (Dickens' eye for quirky characters, Collins' love of the com ...more
An interesting compilation between the two well-known authors. The audio book It is available on LibriVox.

Walter Wilding is a young man who had been up for adoption and later reunited with his mother. They spent many happy years together but now she has passed away. While mourning his beloved mother, at the start of a very successful career, he decides to have his business as a family. He wants to live and share with his employees as the good father he had never known. Full of naive joy and well-meaning, he calls for interviews of a housekeeper and finds one he instantly feels connected to. The woma
BonSue Brandvik
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Gemma Wiseman
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Deep in the shades of 1835 London unfolds a story, a mystery. Walter Wilding is a foundling with enigmatic connections. A developing wine business, inherited by Wilding, slowly unmasks the seedy character of Obenreizer, a man keen to further his own fortune, even if it means bartering the life of his fair niece Marguerite and her love for George Vendale, Wilding's partner. It takes a hazardous trip to Switzerland before all the threatening, mysterious shades can be laid to rest. The clock-lock a ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this Dickens story! I don't know if some of the stories I read before it sort of warmed me up to his writing style, but I found myself completely immersed in this one. I normally can only read Dickens in small bursts because the rich, detail-oriented writing takes me a while to plow through, but I found this story to be strangely compelling. I had a really hard time putting it down and finished it with a 3.5-hour reading session last night. I fell in love with the characters, reac ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chrissie
The free e-book is available at Gutenberg Project.

The audio books is available at

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.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, audio-book
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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lectrice Hérétique
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
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Lovely little bite-size Dickens with a dash of Wilkie Collins. Definitely put me in a mood to incorporate more Dickens in my reading.

A bit of mystery, a bit of mistaken identity, a bit of girl-power, some orphans, some lawyers,...
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fiction
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.
Dickens, Charles
A Tale of Two Cities; The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; The Uncommercial Traveller; No Thoroughfare

In compilation only.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lori Henrich
It was ok. Not to much more to say. Not feeling very impressed with this.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
es muy aburrido
Allegra Byron
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia sencilla pero inmensamente conmovedora.
Se nota el arte de dos genios que se juntaron para colaborar en este libro.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventure, heroism, faithfulness, drama, cunning and deceit all wrapped into a great story.
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A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed.

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