Nicholas Nickleby


200px-Nickleby_serialcoverFor a man who wrote A Tale of Two Cities, the expansive exploration of Paris and London during wartime, and Great Expectations, with the highly memorable Miss Havisham, the brooding spinster still in her unused wedding dress, this tale seems a bit…empty for Dickens. It’s like a Jane Austen novel without the joy of an Austen novel. At the risk of losing all my feminist credentials, Austen just does the domestic novel better.

The book is long enough, to be sure. Nearly 1000 pages and over 30 hours in audiobook format, the novel took some slogging to get through. Dickens can’t seem to decide what his novel is about, although money is definitely a central character. Nicholas’s uncle, Ralph, is a prefigured Ebenezer Scrooge without the redemption, and the characters and plot lines are neat and tidy: good characters are universally good and will reap the benefits of their goodness, bad characters are universally evil and will reap the consequences of same.

I wanted to read this novel to have one more Dickens under my belt before tackling Claire Tomalin’s recent biography, but I think I’ll wait to read more of his novels until I read that book, to see which of them are worth my time. Of course, this book is on my 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list, so I would have read it anyway just to cross it off the list, but I can tell there are certainly other Dickens novels I will be skipping.

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3 Comments on "Nicholas Nickleby"

  1. Mom
    24/05/2013 at 5:12 pm Permalink

    Maybe you should have just seen the movie like your Mother does. Heh, heh… just kidding, sweetheart.

    27/06/2013 at 2:51 am Permalink

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    19/08/2013 at 1:37 pm Permalink

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