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Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
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Jul 04, 11

Read from May 25 to July 04, 2011

Absolutely loved it. A great summer read. Dickens thought this was his best work, and I tend to agree.

The conceit of the book traces the result of selfishness as it's worked out through various personalities, like that of an unforgettable religious hypocrite named Mr. Pecksniff and one of the most vile characters Dickens ever invented, Jonas Chuzzlewit. Suffering is a satellite theme of the book and serves as a catalyst for revealing and redeeming selfishness.

Tom Pinch cuts the most heroic and praiseworthy figure of the book and, through his indefatigable humility and integrity, serves as a sympathetic foil to the selfishness pervading the story. Surely Pinch is one the best portrayals of humility and selflessness in all of literature. The work is verbose, but it's Dickens after all.

Also, BBC put out a well done DVD-adaptation of this book a few years back. Like most adaptations, it doesn't get it all right, but does a great job capturing the spirit of the work.
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Brad Took a bit getting into but am now hooked.


message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Ah, that is Dickens for you!


Brad Have you read this, Melanie? Just curious


message 4: by Melanie (new)

Melanie No, I haven't, although I just checked my shelf and realized I have it. Your review was pretty inspiring. Perhaps I need to add it to my to-read list? The last Dickens I read was Little Dorrit and that was a few years ago.


Brad Certainly a good read, but not for non-Dickens lovers.

Thanks for the listing of Caldwell's book, too. Really enjoyed it.


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