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Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
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Apr 13, 2009

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When I get my time travelling device all figured out, one of my first stops (does "first" count when one is talking about a time travelling device?) is going to be to travel to Holborn street, London, 1855, and tell Dickens what's up.
Had we but world enough and time
seven hundred fifty page novels, Dickens, were no crime.
BUT some of us don't have two or three weeks to dedicate to one book anymore. Cool it with the Victorian complexity!
In any case, I like Dickens. Chesterton thought he was "the last of the great men", and I happen to think he (in David Copperfield) represents the apex of the novel in the classical model, and after him, Hemmingway needed to happen, just to shake things up. This book was a little bit disappointing, but still struck home at a couple of different chapters. The end made me smile and smile. Dickens just strikes me as someone whose premises are exactly right.

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John I believe these types of novels were serialized, so those readers didn't face the whopping numbers of pages we do now at one go.

J. Alfred That makes sense. I know the Holmes stories were. Thanks John!

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