Fri, 8 January 2016
An impossible, motiveless murder commands a presence from beyond the grave to rise again.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.
In Nicholas Nickelby, Charles Dickens created some of his most nefarious villains, and some of his most heroic characters. Wholly ignorant of the ways of the world, we follow Nicholas as he grapples with the villainous schoolmaster Wackford Squeers, the powerful and calculating Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the stonehearted moneylender Ralph Nickelby. As these three weave their webs of treachery, Nicholas stands tall, showing that even though he is sabotaged by those closest to him, he can prevail over the evil designs of the rich and powerful.
On Monday you can hear the first volume of Nicholas Nickelby. It runs over 17-1/2 hours, and contains over 70 different character voices. Preorder your copy today at thebestaudiobooks.com.
It has been brought to my attention, and I usually comment on these things, that there was a deal of anti-Semitic sentiment in last week’s episode. This is, unfortunately, one of the great drawbacks of producing these classic stories. They tend to demonstrate the prejudice of their time. Even in today’s story, Conan Doyle mentions some prejudices and judgments that are wholly antiquated and utterly false. Nobody should ever be prejudicially condemned, marginalized, or shamed. So when these things come up, let’s rejoice that now we know a better way.
And now, The Empty House, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.