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The adventures of Peregrine Pickle

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  539 Ratings  ·  39 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
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
vi macdonald
I think my problem with picturesque novels is always going to be that I've read Don Quixote and I've seen Terry Gilliam's Baron Munchausen and between those two great's there's pretty much no hope for anybody else to ever impress me in that style.

Sorry, Smollett, it's me - not you.
Oct 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is described as "picaresque" which I now know to approach warily because I've learned what the word really translates to: From the Latin "Picar" which means "sucks," and from the Greek "esque" which means "big time."

How ironic that the protagonist's name also implies the quality of the book: From the Somali "Peregrine" which means, "Philandering world-wanderer," and the from Esperanto "Pickle," which means "Giant-ass practical joker with asshole friends."

I've been told I need to apprec
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

Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
‘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
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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.

44 of The List
Doreen Petersen
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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.
Mar 04, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
4 MAR 2016 - because I cannot resist the title!

Project Gutenberg download -
Norman Howe
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Smollett is all over the map with this book. At times it seems a romance, at others an adventure, but mostly it's the wanderings of the eponymous protagonist, who engages in bad behavior throughout his youth, imposes on his friends, and suffers many ill turns of fortune, mostly due to his own failings. I listened to the first half of this as an audiobook, and the last half as a hardcover.

The second part of the book drags, mainly because it is padded out by two roman à clef stories which have not
Paranoid Android
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
fuck this stupid motherfuckinf book. I would rather shove forks in my eye than have to read another passage from this travesty of a "novel" fuck you smollet and your shitty goddamn writing, you fucked me over from getting a 5. Rest easy you piece of shit.


Alexander L
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Смоллет продолжает традиции сатирического английского романа о "полугерое" - человеке благородном, но обладающем в то же время и многими недостатками. Честно говоря, всю первую половину романа Пикль почти полностью похож на Тома Джонса, найдёныша, только сравнение идёт в пользу Филдинга. При всех недостатках, Джонс остаётся преданным своей прекрасной Софии, чтя её как существо возвышенное и чётко различая похоть и любовь. Пикль через какое-то время перестаёт уважать Эмилию и даже покушается на е ...more
Monty Milne
I enjoyed Roderick Random so I was disappointed I didn't enjoy this more. Like Roderick, the best parts are those which deal with matters nautical - in Peregrine's case the richly comic figure of his insane uncle Commodore Trunnion. Unfortunately the book goes downhill after the splendid first 50 pages or so (and there are still over 500 to go...)

Peregrine is not a very likeable character. He is prickly and easily offended and hypocritical when it comes to relations with women, and enjoys crude
Julianne Quaine
Peregrine Pickle is a scathing satire on 18th century English society with commentary on a broad scale on polite society, the European tour, prison life, learned societies, card sharps, soothsayers and fawning obsequiousness to name a few. It provides a good insight into the deplorable lives of women in England 250 years ago. Within the satire is the story of our hero Peregrine a proud but loveable rebel with a heart, but not the fortune, to help those he thinks deserving of his support. After l ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once you have read one Smollett, you have read them all, for Smollett was no genius. Indeed, he is almost certainly the least of the four great novelists 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 ...more
Dan Claffey
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly tiresome to read. I had a very difficult time with this as I just could not relate to any of the characters. In my opinion a lot of this novel's relevance has been lost to father time and no longer holds much to recommend it other than being Dickens' inspiration. I do see the similarities to Dickens' writing, but he vastly improved upon Smollett's style and his work are much more readable and enjoyable, not to mention retain some of their relevance. Don't waste much time on this one u ...more
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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 12, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Will Albers
well, I had a lengthy review written until this web page crashed and I lost it all. so the too long/page crashed version is that this book is a rehash of just about every other 18th century novel and it's entirely much too long. Would have been 4 stars if it was just the bit about Pergrine Pickle which were pretty funny in bits.
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...
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“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.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Studied this during my Honours degree.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the title got me LOL
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Tobias George Smollett was 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 En ...more
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