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- A Life
- By: Claire Tomalin
- Narrated by: Alex Jennings
- Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.
As lively a story as a good novel
- By Kirstine on 27-01-12
The Ideal Social Reformer
The industrial revolution in England produced opportunities for the rich and wealthy but a nightmare for the poor. Laissez Fair and exploitation of the downtrodden was the norm of the day. In these dark times the hope of light was Dickens' novels which exposed the tyranny, injustice and cruelty of the system under the garb of progress. He was the only English novelist who spoke against these malpractices and what he said he also acted upon. He opened shelter homes for the fallen women of Victorian England and showed to the people that authors did not live in the 'ivory towers' as Wordsworth said.
This biography is a befitting attribute to the services of Dickens and his glorious life.
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