Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby

With the sudden death of their father, the penniless Nicklebys are forced to leave the comfort of their Devonshire estate and seek refuge in London with a duplicitous relative. Ruthless businessman Ralph Nickleby loathes his relations on sight and grudgingly finds work for Nicholas at Dotheboys Hall, an appallingly abusive boys' school. Nicholas, who cannot bear to allow injustice to go unchallenged, confronts sadistic headmaster Wackford Squeers...

Details Nicholas Nickleby

TitleNicholas Nickleby
Release DateJun 13th, 2018
PublisherDover Publications
GenreClassics, Fiction, Literature

Reviews Nicholas Nickleby

  • Lisa
    Reading Dickens is like taking a deep breath of air, feeling life in its most vivid form!Being completely faithless and illoyal, I will now dump all previous Dickens novels and claim with brutal inconsistency that Nicholas Nickleby is my favourite!Yes, I know! I have said it before, and I am likely to say it again, knowing human nature in its most Dickensian expressions. But Nicholas really is my “Now Time Favourite”.I should like to state my...
  • Bionic Jean
    Peter Ackroyd, in his ground-breaking biography of Charles Dickens, says that Nicholas Nickleby is "perhaps the funniest novel in the English language". The complete title of the novel is perhaps a bit of a mouthful,"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, containing a Faithful Account of the Fortunes, Misfortunes, Uprisings, Downfallings and Complete Career of the Nickleby Family".It was published, as his previous novels had been, in month...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Charles DickensThe novel centres on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies. Nicholas Nickleby's father dies unexpectedly after losing all of his money in a poor investment. Nicholas, his mother and his younger sister, Kate, are forced to give up their comfortable lifestyle in Devonshire and travel to London to seek the aid...
  • Perry
    "No dark sarcasm in the classroom....If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding!"Pink Floyd, "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2"I delight in Dickens' class humor/social satire and irony. Nicholas Nickleby was his third novel, right after Oliver Twist. This novel is lighter than Twist but nearly as influential in pressuring changes to English society in the mid-1800s. Here, Dickens' target was an abusive all-male boarding school in York...
  • Luís C.
    Only now, as I will getting to know the work of Dickens, I begin to understand why his books make me feel young. It is that books like this arouse the dream; they are dramas of real life in which good and evil clash, but being the Good the eternal winner. This naiveté is no more than a reflection of the natural goodness that characterized this magnificent human being named Charles Dickens. The famous Happy Endings of Dickens are not only element...
  • Brad
    When the name of the cruel schoolmaster is Wackford Squeers you just know it's going to be good. Nicholas himself can sometimes be a bit prissy but this serves well as a foil for the many extreme characters that surround him (and he's a lot more feisty than the relatively milquetoast David Copperfield). This is classic Dickens at the height of his powers. My generic comment about Charles Dickens:First of all, although I am a partisan of Dickens' ...
  • Sue
    I'm glad that Classics Corner at Constant Reader elected to read NN for its April book as I've intended for a while to return to my goal of reading as many of Dickens' books as possible over time. And I was not disappointed with this book. While not as developed as later works, it introduces familiar themes, settings, character types, etc.further review to come...
  • Sara
    I’m really not sure why I like Dickens so much. He is predictable, there will be coincidences that could never happen in the real world, and in the end everyone will get their just deserts except for the poor, sad creature who is destined to see heaven ahead of his time. Ah, but he does it with so much style and panache. He creates characters you are seldom ambivalent about, dastardly villains you can feel no compassion for, and good people who...
  • Lori
    After his father dies, Nicholas Nickleby must go to work to support his mother and sister. The family is at the mercy of the "wicked uncle." Nicholas, at Ralph's arrangement, takes a position with Dothebys, a boarding school run by Mr. Squeers. Squeers and his equally corrupt wife regularly abuse the boys in their charge. After an incident, Nicholas leaves for London, being joined by Smike, one of the older boys. Newman Noggs, an employee of Ralp...
  • Teresa
    2nd readingI wouldn’t have chosen this Dickens to reread but for recently joining a local group (The Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans). The reread was certainly worth it and not only for the convivial fellowship of the monthly meetings. (How can you go wrong with cheese and cakes being offered, and tea and sometimes wine being poured?) Sure, there were the somewhat annoying coincidences, melodrama, blushing love interests and meaningless side-...
  • Paul E. Morph
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?What can I say? This is Dickens at his best and the master certainly doesn't need MY recommendation! Suffice it to say that Simon Vance's narration does justice to the material making this an excellent choice for any audiobook reader with an ear for the classics.If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?'Sex! Drugs! Rock 'n' Roll! None of them are in this film but wat...
  • MJ Nicholls
    I have a titular affinity with this novel since it incorporates many common misspellings of my surname: Nicols, Nichols, Nickles, Nicholas, Nicolls and (once) Amber Juliana Swami. Dickens’s third novel unites the comedic episodes of The Pickwick Papers with the melodramatic realism of Oliver Twist in a brilliant 832-page (OWC edition) adventure filled with more manipulative drama than Lot 45 on Hollywood Studios (known as the Robin Williams Cra...
  • Barry Pierce
    One common criticism of The Pickwick Papers is that it has no plot. This novel is the antithesis of Pickwick, it has too much plot. At 1020 pages in length this is the largest book that I have ever read, and it really felt like it. Dickens is the master of setting and characterisation. However, sometimes he can get so caught up in describing the mood and the presence of a location that half the chapter is gone before any dialogue is even uttered....
  • Tristram
    “[… I]t will be our aim to amuse, by producing a rapid succession of characters and incidents, and describing them as cheerfully and pleasantly as in us lies […]”Thus it reads in the so-called Nickleby Proclamation, which was supposed to assure readers that their beloved Boz would once again treat them to a feast of Pickwickian antics and Twistish melodrama.Strike the iron while it’s still hot!The energetic young Dickens, probably overw...
  • Matt
    Family...Nicholas Nickleby is primarily about family relationships -from parent/child relationships, to siblings, and even extended family members - uncles, aunts, cousins, et al. Charles Dickens paints a wide panorama in this story of familial relationships and how formative they are to an individual's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. He effectively illustrates just how very important a parent's love and support is to a child.C...
  • Julie
    Spoilers. Do not read if you fear them.I think that this is the most satisfying of Dickens's novels. But then, I say that about all of his novels, after each re-read. Except for Martin Chuzzlewit. : /Dickens is one writer I'll probably never review, because my reviews would be longer than the novels, so multi-layered as they are. The most satisfying scene:It was one of the brimstone-and-treacle mornings, and Mrs. Squeers had entered school accord...
  • Margaret
    When I first went to the UK and was doing my version of A Tour Round the Whole Island of Great Britain, which involved many hours alone on British Rail and in B&Bs, this was the only book I took with me - and it was the only one I needed. Because of their length, you could probably say the same about any of Dickens' novels, but somehow this story of two young people going out for the first time to travel through the world on their own (albeit by ...
  • Vicky
    I couldn't quite bring myself to give just one star to a master of English fiction, but honestly, this book is Dickens at his worst: maudlin, melodramatic, and almost pathological in its hysterical demonization of the villains. Dickens here caters shamelessly to the sentimentalities, moral simplicities, and stereotypes of his readership. The good characters are gooily good, the bad ones lack not only any redeeming feature but any plausible motiva...
  • F.R.
    Wackford Squeers!The aforementioned schoolmaster is probably the most famous character (with the obvious exception of Nicholas himself) in Dickens’ third novel. Indeed, in my memory of this book – which I last read some fifteen years ago – Wackford Squeers featured as one of the dominant figures. And that’s somewhat odd as he is not the major villain of the piece, he is merely one of a gallery of grotesque rogues the Nickleby children enc...
  • Ehsan'Shokraie'
    نسخه خلاصه ی این کتاب رو داشتم..خوب بود..احساس خاصی نسبت به دیکنز و نوشته هاش ندارم,اما بین کتاب های خسته کننده سلینجر و این مائده های زمینی..تنوع خوبی بود .خواندن اون دوتا حوصله فراوان میخواد..
  • Darwin8u
    Will review later.
  • Jonathan Terrington
    "In short, the poor Nicklebys were social and happy; while the rich Nickleby was alone and miserable."The contrast between rich and poor, happy and miserable, greed and contentment, have always been key parts of all Dickens' works. Nicholas Nickleby is no exception to this rule in how Dickens sets up the titular hero as the originally poor, yet noble, character and the other men around him as scheming misers.The plot essentially follows the Nickl...
  • K.
    You guys should know by now that I'm a tragic Dickens fangirl. I've been obsessed with the dude's writing since I was ten. I passed Dickens Trash status many a long year ago. Nicholas Nickleby isn't one of my favourites, and it took me a solid week to get through it. But it's still definitely worth a regular reread. Nicholas as a character is kind of a pain. He clearly has anger management issues, and yet everyone fawns over him. Madeline is almo...
  • Eirini Proikaki
    Δυστυχώς δεν μου άρεσε.Πρέπει να είναι το πιο φλύαρο βιβλίο του Ντίκενς ,και αν υπάρχει πιο φλύαρο πραγματικά ελπίζω να μην έρθει στα χέρια μου σύντομα.Στην αρχή μου άρεσε,μέχρι τη μέση το πάλευα,μετά άρχισε να με πιάνει απελπισία.Είναι σαν να μιλά...
  • Ruthiella
    This Dickens’ title definitely goes on my list of favorites. After the death of his father, Nicholas Nickleby must care for his mother and younger sister. When the family appeals to miserly uncle Ralph Nickleby for aid, he gets rid of them as quickly and cheaply as he can and Nicholas is sent to work as an assistant to the brutish school master Wackford Squeeres in Yorkshire where he befriends the poor, abused Smike. Nicholas soon leaves Yorksh...
  • Cáitín Ní Loingeacháin
    I just lovely Charles Dickens and this book lives up to all the others I have read to-date.Nicholas Nickleby is are hero and he lives up to this in every way. His uncle is are villain and he lives up to the word. Nicholas wants nothing but to protect his mother and sister but his uncle has other plans for these two ladies will Nicholas be able to stop his evil plans.Why not read this novel and find out for yourself
  • Petra
    Loved it! This is the light, breezy, humorous, cheery side of Dickens. He must have written this through a good, happy period of his life. Nicholas Nickleby contains Dickens’ signature purely evil people and purely pure people, his incredibly described people and situations. It also is chockfull of humorous paragraphs, descriptions, situations and quippy one-liners. Wonderful, entertaining reading with a great story, lots of twists, turns and s...
  • Kim
    Recently someone asked me why Nicholas Nickleby is my second favorite Dickens book, thinking more about it it's my third favorite book out there, only behind A Christmas Carol and the one God wrote, not in that order. Anyway, I never wrote down how I felt about the book because that would feel like I'm reviewing the best author ever to walk the earth, which would just feel strange, but I write my thoughts about the Bible down so I suppose when I ...
  • the gift
    this is possibly/probably the last dickens i will read, for a while at least. i might reread 'great expectations' to see if i still like it, but not soon. i have just read Borges claim he only reads for pleasure, not because it is classic. well i have read the last 3 dickens for just that reason, somebody told me they are 'classics'. by now i have read 5 dickens, enough to venture an understanding of his work. i can see why he is still read, why ...
  • Davide
    Provisional"Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are very often its powerful auxiliaries."...and my favourite character is Newman Noggs.