Author: Charles Dickens


  • Reviewed by Orla MacDonald  on  October 16th, 2009

    I love Dickens. In this story, he takes us through the tumult of London and the counties and provides us, by way of a conversation between 'the king of the Bill- Stickers' and the narrator, with a fascinating insight into the often turbulent history of bill-sticking and boarding. We meet the king, who is described as ' a good looking little man of about fifty', who is wearing 'a shooting coat', and has 'a moist wink', and a taste for 'pipe and a screw.' He is of the 'old school' of stickers who were not 'troubled with the weakness of thirst.' The dialogue is great at revealing the story which is well paced and punchy. The characters and setting are clearly defined. Dickens walked the London streets by night and this experience, together with his role as journalist, sharpened his eye and shaped his pencil. He has great flair, I believe, and a good nose for a story, and empathy in bucketfulls.

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