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George Silverman's Explanation

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“George Silverman's Explanation”, published in instalments from January to March 1868, was one of the last pieces of fiction written by Charles Dickens, two years before his death.

Silverman is born in a Preston cellar, and spends his early years locked in there, often left alone while his parents go out to seek work.
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Jo Woolfardis | Infinite Variety Books
Fairly universal concerning his other works, but lacked the humour they're noted for. I enjoyed parts, and this was written with the intention of being made in to a full novel about a man who wished to explain his life in the book, but he did before any such novel could be written.

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Dec 16, 2012 CadyCan rated it it was ok
The title says it all. This short story is literally an account of a chap named George Silverman's life by the man himself. His unfortunate starving start in life & curse of parents dying of the fever seems to set him up to be completely misunderstood his whole life through, despite his best intentions. Something we have no doubt all experienced at some point in our lives so one does feel sorry for him. Things seem to come right at various stages but even these times in his life have a depre ...more
Ralph Britton
Mar 18, 2013 Ralph Britton rated it liked it
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This is a curious story. I was drawn to it after visiting Houghton Tower which is described in the story in a haunting and powerful way. Clearly it moved Dickens and may have reminded him of some of the harsher aspects of his childhood when his family lacked the means to support him. It starts powerfully, but develops in a strange and not entirely satisfactory way - the central character's selflessness is exaggerated to an unreal height and the prejudice he encounters is equally extreme. The des ...more
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Nov 24, 2016 AccioFandoms rated it really liked it
Why don't men fight for the women they want?
Such a Dobbin character from Vanity Fair (yes, the book I didn't finish)
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Mar 27, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
This book was a tale of a you man who went into the Clergy. He was hired on by a wealthy woman, primarily to teach and mentor her daughter.

As in most stories, the daughter falls in love, but not to George Silverman. She falls for a decent young man who can provide for her in a manner less than she has been accustomed to but she prefers happiness instead. When Silverman unites this couple into holy wedlock, the mother is, to say the least, sorely vexed. The mother apparently wanted her daughter t
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Jan 22, 2016 Rima Rashid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a quick clever read. George Silverman is such a conniving trickster. Why can't all of Dickens novels be like this??
Aug 20, 2016 John rated it liked it
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not a finished work to me, felt like an outline for a more complete later work if the author had lived longer
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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