A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Mr. Samuel Pickwick, retired businessman and confirmed batchelor, is determined that after a quiet life of enterprise the time has come to go out into the world. Founder of the Pickwick Club, he and his fellow Pickwickians elect to form a Corresponding Society and report back their journeys and exploits on a regular basis. Thus begins...more
"The Biographical Edition, edited by Arthur Waugh, father of Evelyn Waugh, with his introduction in each volume. Waugh had been appointed...more
My generic comment about Charles Dickens:
First of all, although I am a partisan of Dickens' writing and have read and relished most his works, I concede to three flaws in his oeuvre that are not insignificant. First, while he seemed to develop an almost endless variety of male social types, his female...more
Some David Perdue's Charles Dickens page background about this book:
When artist Robert Seymour proposed to publishers Chapman and Hall a series of engravings featuring Cockney sporting life, with accompanying text published in monthly installments, they readily accepted and set about the task of finding a writer. The publishers were turned down by several writers and finally asked 24-year-old Charles Dickens to provide the text. Dickens acc...more
"I defy you not to roar!"
This is when I KNEW I must read it.
It was his first popular novel.
After reading five of his more serious works, I am ready to get a glimpse of his humorous side.
There are men and women who have LIVED a thousand...more
Questo sarà un giro particolare perché vi porterò a conoscere un po di nuovi amici , ma ormai ( dopo circa 877 pagine ) direi quasi di conoscerli da lungo tempo , curiosi...more
I read The Pickwick Papers with a group who decided to read a certain number of chapters each week, based on the original serialization. This proved to be an excellent method. It allowed some of the original suspense back...more
Pickwick is Dickens' first novel, and the first few chapters do indeed come across as 'prentice work. This is understandable, especially given the circumstances under which this serialized novel was undertaken, which Dickens describes in a preface.
The novel has no plot to speak of; it consists of more or less episodic a...more
The author's first novel is, in many ways, not his best novel. Unlike others, The Pickwick Papers has no clear focus and no main character with whom the reader can sympathize. Instead, this is a rollicking (well, at least in that time) trip through England with a cast of characters. Along the way, love, hilarity, and debtor's prison ensue.
Main characters include:
Pickwick, the wealthy and predictably eccentric master...more
Pickwick is possibly one if not the most easily read with it's unique cast of charachters ad there daily exploits. Give it a chance and you will become a Dicke...more
It seems to me that Dicken's b...more
The basic premise of "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club" ("The Pickwick Papers") — a small group of eccentric souls bops around England taking in whatever strikes their fancy — allows for a freewheeling tale. And that's its biggest criticism: the la...more
Dickens recorreu à sua habitual escrita tão elegante, tão rica e tão cheia de deliciosas segundas intenções para nos trabalhar uma narrativa brilhante, repleta de justificadas críticas à sociedade de então, diálogos geniais e uma caracterização de personag...more
Os contos, quase todos eles autónomos entre si, narram as aventuras e desventuras de quatro membros do clube Pickwick que é criado com a intensão de investigar e observar o quotidiano da Inglaterra do séc. XIX, resultando numa série de contos onde a co...more
The immense success if the story that launched Dickens' career is shown by the fact that the 400 copies of the first issue of the serial had become 40000 by the fifteenth. It has remained something of a favourite with readers ever since.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I find the character of Mr Pickwick annoying, particularly at the start of the novel - at least until the introduction of Sam Weller; for someone who has lived to midd...more
The main elements in Victorian and pre-Victorian literature, are mostly hidden loves, jelousy, planned marriages for money and social positions, women’s situation both in family and the society, and the roll of Church which dominate all over the society. One can not deny the roll of Victorian novels, specially w...more
Seriously, this book is terrible on a technical level, having a plot which wanders all over the place, characters doing a lot of mundane things like eating, going hunting, telling stories which have not...more
Dickens' The Pickwick Papers follows the misadventures of Samuel Pickwick and his friends of the Pickwick Society. This bo...more
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