The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

Find in catalogOne of the few Dickens books with a sad ending, this story is still wonderful. The Old Curiosity Shop deals with the age-old themes of love and loss, but one of its primary subjects is also the pain we can cause those we love when our desires for our loved ones are not the same as their desires for themselves. As in all Dickens’ novels, there are serious, even heart-wrenching scenes, but also plenty of humor, presented with the minute description and sardonic irony that are hallmarks of Dickens’ style. And, of course, none of his stories would be complete without his strikingly defined villains, which run the gamut in this story from the merely foolish, to the craven, to the eminently spiteful. The characters are memorable and the story is inspiring. I highly recommend it.


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