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Just a brief note to mention that I really enjoyed this. I've read a lot of Dickens but this is one novel that I've left out until now.

 

Starting a new job, I needed to read something quite enjoyable. Who needs Valium ? Just pick up Dickens !

 

I understand that the serial caused a sensation at the time, akin to Harry Potter mania. Harry never had this effect on me but the story of Little Nell captured my attention and I felt that the story rolled along very nicely.

 

Recommended.

 

The title of the story intrigues me, though. Not spoiling anything, the old curiosity Shop features very little in the story and I wonder whether the title was intended to be a metaphor for something.

 

Phoebus

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In fact, concerning the title, I found an explanation on the internet.

 

"When in its commencement he called it "The Old Curiosity Shop," his design was far different from what we see it in its completion. It is evident that had he now to name the story he would not so term it; for the shop itself is a thing of an altogether collateral interest, and is spoken of merely in the beginning. This is only one among a hundred instances of the disadvantage under which the periodical novelist labors. When his work is done, he never fails to observe a thousand defects which he might have remedied, and a thousand alterations, in regard to the book as a whole, which might be made to its manifest improvement."

 

A shame, because I really enjoyed the scenes at the shop.

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