The adventures of Peregrine Pickle
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 ...more
Sorry, Smollett, it's me - not you.
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 ...more
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...more
The best thing about ‘Peregrine Pickle’, which ...more
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.
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The second part of the book drags, mainly because it is padded out by two roman à clef stories which have not ...more
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 ...more
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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.