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The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens

'The labours of others have raised for us an immense reservoir of important facts. We merely lay them on, and communicate them, in a clear and gentle stream, through the medium of these pages, to a world thirsting for Pickwickian knowledge'

A shilling. That was the cost of each of the original twenty monthly instalments of The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club, published between the April of 1836 and the November of 1837. The complete electronic edition I downloaded was 508 wonderful pages of Dickens first ‘proper’ novel. Written at the age of twenty four, the satire and invention of comedic situations included in these pages are some of the finest I have ever read.

The subject of the papers are the chronicling of adventures and expeditions taken by Mr. Samuel Pickwick who undertook journeys outside of London with other members of the gentlemans club of which he was president, in order to record what went on in the shires of England for posterity. His travelling companions were Mr. Augustus Snodgrass, Mr. Tracy Tupman, And Mr. Nathanial Winkle. To be joined later by a real hero of a valet called Sam Weller (not, I am lead to believe an ancestor of the much loved curmudgeonly Modernist from Woking). The merry band get up to and get into all kinds of awkward and daft situations as they travel to towns and cities like Birmingham, Rochester, Bath, and Ipswich. Many of these situations resulting from a very real enthusiasm for the food and ales of coaching inns on the highways and byways of the Southern counties of the nation.

In all the Dickens novels I have read its clear that the man had an eye and ear for comedy and the register of how best to deliver that comedy to his readers, before I had read TPP I understood from research that many rate this as his comedy peak before he tackled the nitty gritty of Victorian life with later novels. To conclude and to parcel this review up in as compact an example of a nutshell as possible this is is a great book with all the hallmarks of Dickens later work, great descriptive landscapes and colourful characters. A capital effort! 10/10. Free on Kindle.
Grind

Mostly a non-capital effort.  
Frazier Cranium

Nice one, cheers for the short story review
Dock

Grind wrote:
Mostly a non-capital effort.  


Capital as Mr. Dickens would use the word sir. As in a capital idea. Capital meaning excellent. I hope this explanation provides an answer that meets, if not extinguishes, any doubt you may have had with your initial raised query sir. But you may have being using humour to relate that the book featured more provincial towns than the capital city of London, which I fully recognise and applaud sir.*

* Note to Self: Stop reading books by Dickens, you are starting to talk like him yer div.
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Sir Bulldog Craggwood

thanks for the write up. I must try and pick up some Charlie boy before i get too old to see the type properly

by the way I've just subscribed to Netflix which i can highly recommend - there are some rather fine renderings of his work on there including the recent epic and excellent bbc interpretation of Bleak House
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
thanks for the write up. I must try and pick up some Charlie boy before i get too old to see the type properly

by the way I've just subscribed to Netflix which i can highly recommend - there are some rather fine renderings of his work on there including the recent epic and excellent bbc interpretation of Bleak House


*rips up well meaning plan for encouraging book reading amongst my contemporaries*

*signs up to Netflix, buys bbc boxset of Dickens screen adaptations*
   

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