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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
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Apr 28, 2010

really liked it
Read in April, 2010

Dickens is one of my favorite authors. However, it took me a while to get through this 800+ page novel replete with 19th Century language. One always wants to slow down and savor the wit, irony, and sarcasms scattered within the story. The way the various characters weave in and out of the story, bumping into the other characters is amazing. This book may have been written about 150 years ago, but many of its subjects and plots are relevant to our world today. What deeds will some greedy people do for money? High interest gambling and payday loans are agreed to by the desperate to the cunning loan sharks. What sort of life does a miserly person lead? What happiness comes to the generous-hearted? What kind of person helps the 'least among us'? Plus here is the comfortable living to rags to riches story that we all love. Then there is romance. For me it was worth the effort, but I wouldn't recommend this to all of my friends. If you are willing and have time to read this classic, you may be well rewarded.

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