Example sentences for: dickensian

How can you use “dickensian” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Critics are seduced by the Dickensian depths of this Dutch thriller, set in 1920s Rotterdam, about a spiteful father and his resentful bastard son.

  • Why would a lexicographer snatch up a unique, Dickensian creation, gag him and bind his real persona hand and foot, then slyly stand an impersonator in his place?

  • It "plays like a dead battery disguised as an objet d'art " (Jay Carr, the Boston Globe ). They are especially irked by the movie's artsy pretensions (Pip is turned into a tortured painter) and earnestness (its un-Dickensian fulminations about undying love), as well as flat performances by Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Hoberman, the New York Times Book Review ). Set in 1830s New York, the book features an eclectic cast of characters--hucksters, one-legged actresses, anti-Semitic pamphleteers, a man who tries to establish a Jewish state in upstate New York--who combine to form "a richly textured, almost Dickensian community" (Alexandra Lange, New York ). The New Yorker calls it "a work of singular, surreal vision."

  • One could write a longish essay on the allusions conjured up by the words Dickensian, Kafkaesque , and Orwellian , yet none of these (among thousands of others) are represented.


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