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Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices (Dodo Press)

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870), also known as "Boz," was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime. The popularity of his novels...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1857)
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The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices was co-written by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins and features two characters (Mr. Goodchild and Mr. Idle) that are stand-ins for these two. It is told over the course of what was originally five issues of Dickens' journal Household Words and depicts an "idle" (but actually quite frantic) vacation, with long walks/hikes and explorations of inns and other places. In the course, it also includes two long standalone stories--both gothic ghost stories, one th...more
“In the autumn month of September, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, wherein these presents bear date, two idle apprentices, exhausted by the long, hot summer and the long, hot work it had brought with it, ran away from their employer..”

Now doesn’t that sound wonderful?

And doesn’t it become even more wonderful when you know that the employer was literature, and that the two escaping apprentices were a certain Mr Collins and a certain Mr Dickens?

Friends and collaborators who set out on a walking...more
Read as part of Dickens challenge.
Started 22 Feb 2014. Finished 25 Feb 2014.
The title says it all really. A random search by two friends for places to be idle in.
One however discovers through their travels in the UK that he is perhaps not as idle as he liked to think he is.
Possibly a commentary of one of Dicken's own trips around the UK with the usually well described observations of place, human nature & idiosyncrasies evident in places & people wherever one may go, if one is bothered t...more
I was between books and this was on my Nook so I read a few chapters over a couple of days. I could barely keep my eyes open. Very clever, I am sure, if you're a product of the culture that produced it. But I couldn't find anything that made me care a single whit about either main character nor where they might visit.
Three Men in a Boat is a far better choice for those interested in Victorian travelogues.
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Well I am rather disappointed. This was the last book I bought my mother for Christmas 2012. She died in late March of this year. Her bookmark was placed at the end of the first chapter. I am afraid she was probably having difficulty engaging with it. I know I did.
Bought mainly because the two apprentices journey to Cumberland, the land of her birth and death. I suspect had she got far enough she would have been saddened by their poor appreciation of the place.But that's not the reason I remain...more
It is amazing what these two can come up with. I love how the reader can distinguish the voice of Dickens and Collins within the narrative. I particularly enjoyed Collins's sensationalist story and Dickens's wonderful tale of the Bridal Chamber. This is just one of many texts that are not popularly recognized but are definitely worth reading.
This tale is about two apprentices who go out on a trip to find a way to be totally idle. They run into some problems along the way, and some humorous incidents. I always enjoy Dickens' sense of humor and his way of describing people and situations in detail without being ponderous. A good read.
Dickens, Charles
A Tale of Two Cities; The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; The Uncommercial Traveller; No Thoroughfare

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Opening: In the autumn month of September, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, wherein these presents bear date, two idle apprentices, exhausted by the long, hot summer, and the long, hot work it had brought with it, ran away from their employer. They were bound to a highly meritorious lady (named Literature), of fair credit and repute, though, it must be acknowledged, not quite so highly esteemed in the City as she might be. This is the more remarkable, as there...more
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A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awarenes...more
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