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Nicholas Nickleby is Charles Dickens's third published novel. He returned to his favourite publishers and to the format that was considered so successful with The Pickwick Papers. The story first appeared in monthly parts, after which it was issued in one volume. The style is considered to be episodic and humorous, though the second half of the novel becomes more serious and tightly plotted. Dickens began writing 'Nickleby' while still working on Oliver Twist and while the mood is considerably lighter, his depiction of the Yorkshire school run by Wackford Squeers is as moving and influential as those of the workhouse and criminal underclass in Twist. 'Nickleby' marks a new development in a further sense as it is the first of Dickens's romances. When it was published the book was an immediate and complete success and established Dickens's lasting reputation. The cruelty of a real Yorkshire schoolmaster named William Shaw became the basis for Dickens's brutal character of Wackford Squeers. Dickens visited Shaw's school and based the school section of Nicholas Nickleby on his visit.

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  • Charles Dickens(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2017)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Charles Vekert on August 30, 2017

    Some chapters really have nothing to do with the story about Nickolas and his family; the coincidences are really implausible, and sometimes it seems that Dickens can not really figure out what to do. (One bad guy is killed in a duel that has nothing to do with the plot. At least he did not have a piano fall on him.)But for all that, Dickens is one of the world's great story-tellers and you will find yourself wanting to know what is going to happen to Nicholas and his family as they go through some really bad years of their lives. (Spoiler alert: They all live happily ever after.) Also, you will learn a lot about London in the early to middle 19th century. It is entertaining and well worth reading.

  • By R Retzler on January 29, 2018

    Nicholas Nickleby is the tale of a young man whose father has died leaving his family penniless. Nicholas must find a job to support his mother and sister, Kate. The family turns for help to their uncle, Ralph Nickleby, a ruthless businessman, who has taken a dislike to his relatives. Nicholas, aided by many diverse characters, must protect his family from his uncle’s machinations.Nicholas Nickleby was the third book written by Charles Dickens, and it was published in serial form monthly in 1838 and 1839 before being published as a book in 1839.At first, I found the book very readable. As with many books written in the 1800s, the prose tends to be very wordy, and the style of the language is more stilted and formal than in books written more recently. However, I feel that Dickens’ style is perhaps a little more casual than some authors of that time which made reading the book more enjoyable. I felt there were a lot of descriptive passages in the book that could have been edited, making the book more streamlined. After a while, I felt that I got bogged down in the detail which made it somewhat less enjoyable to read. Also, Dickens introduces many characters throughout the book who really do not have a bearing on the overall tale. The characters seem to be part of amusing anecdotes used as filler to keep the serial going as long as possible. I felt that there was a lot of buildup to a climax, and then the story just petered out with minimal wrap-up compared to the amount of buildup. For instance, we learn much about two aristocratic gentlemen and also a family of performers, none of whom figure largely at the end of the story, but there is very little to be learned about the future spouses of both Nicholas and Kate, even though they would have more bearing on the longer story.Please skip the next paragraph as there are spoilers contained. I felt that there were some inconsistencies in how certain characters reacted. Nicholas seemed to be a very kind and honorable young man; however, at the beginning of the story, he seems to have a terrible temper which gets him into trouble. Not long afterward, he seems to have matured, and there is little reason for this given by the author. He may have realized the error of his ways, but Dickens did not see fit to mention this. Also, Ralph Nickleby is portrayed as a mean and heartless man. He finds that he has a son who was ill-treated before he was befriended by the Nickleby family and has now died. Because of this Ralph commits suicide, which seems very out of character.I did enjoy the classic good-triumphs over evil storyline. I also enjoyed meeting the many and varied characters introduced by Dickens, although there were a lot to keep track of. Dickens does a fabulous job of fleshing out some of the characters, but he does leave other characters feeling flat.

  • By Teresa M. Hunt on February 21, 2015

    Nicholas Nickleby was a good read, typical of Dickens. Nicholas is a strong character and it's not all doom and gloom as some of his are. It starts out in a rather foreboding way as Nicholas and his sister are suddenly orphaned and they are separated. Their uncle proves to be less than an ally when he proposes 'jobs' for them that has them completely separated and out of communication. These jobs showed them both that there is cruelty in the world and the uncle's hard heart. Nicholas grows up much during this difficult time and finds a way out of the mess, saving the life of another boy. He has adventures and eventually settles down with his sister and his mother under the protective wing of some new-found friends. Obviously, there is much more to this story. Read it. You won't be disappointed.There are several positive and strong supporting characters. I think this is his longest book, so it'll keep you entertained a long, long time. You may like Bleak House if you like this one. The mood is similar. The title sounds ghastly, but it's not that way at all.

  • By Mary A Fanelli on December 29, 2014

    Nicholas Nickleby is a good solid read. It may be a challenge for modern readers who aren't used to the language, but I promise that after the first couple chapters you'll get caught up in the rhythm of the language and the wonderful characters created by Dickens, who populate the book with their rich and varied personalities. Even their names are lots of fun- who else but Dickens could come up with a great name like Wackford Squeers? Or the Cheeryble twins? Is there any doubt that a character names Verisopht is weak and easily led? Dickens had a genius for what defines certain people, what makes them tick. These are people we know in our own lives, or at least who inhabit the real world, such as the spoiled daughter who is rather plain and dull but thinks she's all that, and the rich playboy who spends and gambles his fortune away, and who has no respect for women. Dickens manages to stuff them all into this book (any and all of his books!) and gives them a world to inhabit where good people are simply trying to make a living. His story is lively and by turns funny and tragic, but never dull. I'm grateful for Charles Dickens and suggest if you haven't read any of his books, to give this one a try.


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