From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles' extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.
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"For those of us who love Dickens, this is exactly what we love best: the hearty hero, the evil scoundrel, the benevolent benefactors, humor, social commentary, and, best of all, the vast array of eccentrics....[Robert Whitfield] not only manages to keep them all straight, but infuses into every one a distinct personality. This is a feast!" (AudioFile)
No Pink Ponies
Though Dickens breaks EVERY rule of good writing technique in "Nicholas Nickleby", his sharp eye for social behavior and his love of drama come through strongly. I was really sorry when the last word was read out in this REMARKABLE performance. About as perfect a reading as you will ever hear. I enjoyed every minute and I find I am appreciating Dickens as never before.
I had a hard time sticking with this book at first because the uncle and the schoolmaster were such unrelentingly nasty characters that Nicholas seemed doomed to sheer misery. Dickens usually introduces some comic characters and lightness earlier in his books, but if you stick with this one, you will be rewarded at last. Eventually you get the best of folks as well as the worst of folks.
I'm opposed to abridged literature on principle--figuring that if the author wanted it left out, he wouldn't have put it in--but this book seemed as if it would have benefited from heavy editing. It features stock characters; predictable dialogue; and a plot cast that casts too wide a net, and that thickens too little and too late. I wasn't sure if I should be grateful to Robert Whitfield for livening up the story with his bravura performance, or if Whitfield's one-note characterizations obliterated any nuance in Dickens' prose (this is early Dickens, but still Dickens, after all). If I had it to do again, I'd go with a different narrator, and hope that a little more of Dickens' brilliance showed through.
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