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No Thoroughfare (1867)

by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins

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No Thoroughfare is far and away the best of Dickens' collaborative works. Co-written with Wilkie Collins, it is a melodrama in "four acts" beginning with a dramatic prologue in a house for foundlings, and culminating in the final act learning the true identity of the foundling--with an epilogue that ties up the last loose end.

It is tightly written from beginning to end, with a well constructed plot--at least allowing for the standard repertoire of coincidence that is allowable in these sorts of a works. It has high drama--including a scene on a snowy mountain pass between Switzerland and Italy. And it has a noble hero, a tragic figure, a plucky heroine, a villain, and a number of effective lawyers to push it all along.

It does not have much humor, it's best character would not stand in the top ten of any of Dickens' novels, but on its own terms it works well. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
No Thoroughfare is far and away the best of Dickens' collaborative works. Co-written with Wilkie Collins, it is a melodrama in "four acts" beginning with a dramatic prologue in a house for foundlings, and culminating in the final act learning the true identity of the foundling--with an epilogue that ties up the last loose end.

It is tightly written from beginning to end, with a well constructed plot--at least allowing for the standard repertoire of coincidence that is allowable in these sorts of a works. It has high drama--including a scene on a snowy mountain pass between Switzerland and Italy. And it has a noble hero, a tragic figure, a plucky heroine, a villain, and a number of effective lawyers to push it all along.

It does not have much humor, it's best character would not stand in the top ten of any of Dickens' novels, but on its own terms it works well. ( )
  jasonlf | Dec 9, 2012 |
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A story of mistaken identities, courage, justice, and a journey that stretches from the depths of the city of London to the Alps and the Mediterranean.

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