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Peregrine Pickle

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  308 ratings  ·  24 reviews
1935. Complete in One Volume. Smollett was a man of letters in the fullest sense. Trained as a physician, he was not only a novelist but also a playwright, poet, journalist, historian, travel writer, critic, translator, and editor. A foreign excursion inspired The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle; an example of the picaresque novel, it was the first of many rather extreme an ...more
Paperback, 781 pages
Published November 17th 1983 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1751)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 27, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
My first time to read a novel by Scottish poet and author Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) and I found it just okay.

This picaresque novel tells the story of a young man called Peregrine Pickle who is a free spirit. He loves adventure, hates his mother (who hates him in return), talks a lot and challenges the convention and authorities. Because of these things he is an easy magnet to all sorts of funny but sometimes trite situations that compromise himself. I think the novel was written by Smollett as
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Henry Avila
Peregrine Pickle, is the kind of man who his own mother hates!That she's a nut, doesn't help.Pickle is a notorious practical joker ,to his friends and relatives who speak to him.Commodore Hawser Trunnion, later his uncle ,takes him in after Pickle is unwelcomed back home.Trunnion ,has two friends staying in the mansion also,Lieutenant Hatchway and boatswain Tom Pipes.Both former shipmates. Trunnion has a little problem ,he treats his house like a warship.Even shooting off a cannon from it. That' ...more
Buck
Well, that's it. I just can't stomach any more of this red-cheeked, ale-breathed, snaggle-toothed, har-dee-har-har brand of British humour. I made it through 200 pages before getting fed up with the endless succession of pratfalls and pee jokes. I'm talking Farrelly Brothers territory here - minus the subtlety and wit. And while the typical Farrelly offering at least retains, for all the errant semen flying around, a bumbling romanticism, a moronic sweetness, Peregrine Pickle is just plain nasty ...more
Arukiyomi
0386 | The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle | Tobias Smollet


Context: Listened to Vol I of this on a boat from Masarau to Kokopo, East New Britain, PNG with the volcanoes of Rabaul in the distance.

Review: I started off listening to this. It took hours to get to the end. But what, in fact, the end turned out to be was simply the end of Volume 1, I had another book to go. I managed to find an ebook version of Volume 2 after a bit of a search. Although I’m glad I read it, boy does Smollet go on… and on… and on.

Peregrine is a young lad who’s virtually abandon

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Neale
‘Peregrine Pickle’ was Smollett’s follow-up to ‘Roderick Random’, and it is, if anything, even more packed to the rafters with roguery and rumbustuousness. To tell the truth, there is so much that it all becomes a bit tiring after a while, particularly since Peregrine is a less engaging hero than Roderick Random was. His rogueries are presented as youthful high-spirits, but they start to grate pretty soon, as do the double-standards of class and sex.

The best thing about ‘Peregrine Pickle’, which
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Michael
Mar 29, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who really really really love 18th century fiction.
Finally finished this: all 781 pages of it (plus notes). It's a funny, picaresque 18th century novel, grittier and cruder than Henry Fielding, but also a novel that could be a couple hundred pages shorter without any serious loss. By mid-novel the misadventures become almost random, as if Smollett is making the plot up as he goes along, and at one point Peregrine disappears for over 100 pages while we hear the (very topical) memoirs of a lady of quality. In the end, though, after getting out of ...more
Nicole
Mar 25, 2012 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Nicole by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-list-books, 2012
Long, drawn-out tale of a young man who likes to play jokes on people (rather mean ones) and who eventually overcomes all kinds of misfortune. I had a really hard time with this one, not really sure why other than I couldn't stand the main character. Another "classic" that reminds me of the value of good editors.

The only part I kind of enjoyed was the Memoirs of a Woman of Quality that's kind of like a novella tucked into the overall plot.

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Doreen Petersen
Did not like this book at all. There was no smooth flow to the story and the main character was so horrid that he made me sick. I think the author tried but totally missed the mark with this book. Perhaps another book by him might be better but not this one. Really don't bother.
Kit Kincade
(This is not the edition I was reading, but Goodreads did not allow me to add an older copy). James Clifford's Introduction indicated that this novel was based on the popularity and type of novel as _Tom Jones_, but it hardly seems a fair comparison. This is definitely a picaresque novel and the notion of adventures seems a fair comparison. And I could agree that the overall approach was, perhaps, inspired by the popularity of Fielding's novel-I find it really quite different in the construction ...more
Reid
Silly people doing ridiculous things. Yes, yes, I know, I am supposed to cut it some slack because it is a classic of the form (a broad, comic, somewhat bawdy tale) and was written in the 18th century. But, really, when you come right down to it, the titular character is something of a jerk. He is a womanizer, a dandy, and seems to take special joy in fairly cruel practical jokes and executing plots to give his enemies a comeuppance. I did laugh out loud a few times, but for the most part I foun ...more
Jesse
Once you have read one Smollett, you have read them all, for Smollett was no genius. Indeed, he is almost certainly the least of all the great writers of the eighteenth century. Fielding wins the race; Richardson comes in second; Sterne is so high up in the air, that it is impossible to place him; but Smollett's brain was a more or less empty thing, and we can only enjoy his regular and polished, though sometimes ridiculous, sense of English, without being rewarded for our efforts with really an ...more
Craig
As much as I found the practical jokes and adventures entertaining, Smollet failed pull me in. His characters seemed two-dimensional and sometimes very flat. The protagonist only finds trouble for himself once and even then he is swept away in moments and in a better state. I understand that it is a picaresque and it may be that this genre of fiction only held for some funny moments and adventurous kicks about the city or country, but I never felt invested in the characters or what happened to t ...more
Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader)
I was really enjoying this in the beginning, but it just went on too long... I particularly loved the Commodore! The scene of him tacking on horseback was hilarious and would definitely have to be my favourite!! Once the storyline moved away from the garrison however I found myself caring less and less...
Kristen
Reminded me of the Johnny Depp movie "The Libertine." Our "Hero" is an appalling character who I assume we are supposed to either find funny or love because of his idiotic, selfish ideals. Well written but our lead is so obnoxious that I found myself more irritated then enjoying the read. I can't say that I would recommend it to anyone other then people trying to get a grasp of people during the times.
Marko-Michael
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

I can not really give this work a real review. It is so boring and tedious I simply can not continue, so I am stopping at page 200 of 882 and moving on to something else.
Jay
Mr. Smollett does love his run-on sentences. I'm sure this was bawdy, ribald fun in its day. Now, not so much.
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
This book is arguably the most boring, tedious, completely uninteresting book in the English language.
Teresa
Good so far, but if you're a first time Smollett reader, try Humphry Clinker.
Philip Lane
Some quite exciting bits but also some long rambling side-stories.
Lena Fritz-Poncia
Crude jokes and unlikable characters. Didn't even finish it.
Daniel
It had moments, but, overall a very horrible story.
Heidi
Even Smollett can Eff up...this was awful.
Denise
the title got me LOL
Renée
I did not like this book as much as I did Humphrey Clinker though it was interesting nonetheless. At some points I thought I was reading the script of a Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill film at others I was more engaged. The Memoirs of a Lady of Quality I thought interesting though a bit repetitive. Striking to me were the social class differences and the fact that a young gentleman was considered honourable though he did not scruple to hop into the beds of many a country wench. There were definite ...more
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Born in Dalquhurn,now part of Renton, Scotland, to a prosperous family and educated at the University of Glasgow, where he studied to be a physician. Later he joined the British Royal Navy as a surgeon's mate. He was present at the disastrous battle of Cartagena in 1741, against the Spanish. He married a British woman Anne Lascelles,in Jamaica, 1747,and returned to England. In London, as a writer, ...more
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