Making Of Charles Dickens

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9780140066470: Making Of Charles Dickens

This work presents a descripion of Charles Dickens's experiences between the age of four and twenty-four - the years which the author acknowledged as being the true source of his inspiration. Christopher Hibbert brings to life the age of the stage-coach and country inn, the gin shops, the fairs and the london underworld which shaped the life of Dickens as he progressed from love-sick youth to acclamation as the most brilliant writer of his generations.

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If anyone questions the generally accepted belief that the prolific British author put a great deal of his own life into his fiction, Hibbert's study will remove all doubt. Drawing from letters, interviews, and public records, Hibbert juxtaposes Dickens's first 33 years with liberal quotations from his books, offering fascinating insights into the author's works. David Case's heavy reading of a serious study both suits the work, and undermines it. In a voice heavy with drawn-out syllables and exaggerated pacing, he often misses the point of the words he so carefully polishes. In reading the many quotes from Dickens's novels, he offers a spirited and entertaining performance of their characters, but his "performance" of Christopher Hibbert misses the author's delight in his discoveries. R.P.L. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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