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Charles Dickens's satirical masterpiece, The Pickwick Papers, catapulted the young writer into literary fame when it was first serialized in 1836-37. It recounts the rollicking adventures of the members of the Pickwick Club as they travel about England getting into all sorts of mischief. Laugh-out-loud funny and endlessly entertaining, the book also reveals Dickens's burge ...more
Paperback, 863 pages
Published November 1st 1964 by Signet Classics (first published 1837)
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S.n. Jarvis There is no novel in the world like The Pickwick Papers. When you reach the last page, you feel like you have travelled a long way, in the company of…moreThere is no novel in the world like The Pickwick Papers. When you reach the last page, you feel like you have travelled a long way, in the company of Mr Pickwick and his friends, and the beginning of the book seems an eternity ago. No novel I have read has so many characters, and so many varied scenes. It is, in a way, more of a library than a single book. And here is the thing: it is perhaps the only novel in the world that could inspire ANOTHER novel to be written about its extraordinary origins and history. And - ahem! - I am the author of that novel, which will be coming out later this year. If you are interested, check out the website: www.deathandmrpickwick.com

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Pouting Always
Oh god this was such a long read, the problem is I didn't realize going into it that Charles Dickens originally published this as a series over time and so I read the whole freaking thing at once and honestly there's only so much of this one can read at once and still enjoy. The writing itself was really good and Dickens is really witty. I found all of it really funny and amusing and I see why people would have liked it. I don't think I myself could enjoy it as much because it just felt like a T ...more
Darwin8u
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
“what was over couldn't be begun, and what couldn't be cured must be endured;”
― Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

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This book morphed a couple times in my brain. It started off a bit uneven, filled with vignettes and sketches that seemed to anticipate the later genius of Dickens and even presented several shadows of future books and stories. After 100 pages I figured I would have another 700 pages of various Pickwick club digressions. There would be interesting characters (Sam Weller, Alfred Ji
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Jean
Have you read The Pickwick Papers? It does seem to be the one work by Charles Dickens which is sadly neglected by many readers.

"The Pickwick Papers" was originally published in 19 monthly magazine instalments, from March 1836 to October 1837, this last being a double issue. They were then reissued in a volume as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club in 1839 when Dickens was still only 25. They comprise humorous sketches, themselves interspersed with incidental tales, such as "The Goblins w
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MJ Nicholls
The middle classes in this country still aspire to some half-baked bucolic idyll—renting a farmhouse, living off the land, swinging on a hammock reading Balzac while buxom farmlasses frolic in the Devonshire sun. The reality? The work involved in milking cows, shearing sheep, fattening chickens requires the brawny pluck of a youngster, not the snoozy disregard of the doddery, and those farmhouse repairs won’t repair themselves, those bills won’t pay themselves . . . until the call of the one-bed ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Charles Dickens
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) was Charles Dickens's first novel. He was asked to contribute to the project as an up-and-coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of Dickens' novels were issued in shilling instalments before being published as complete volumes). Dickens (still writing under the pseudonym of Boz) increasingly took over the unsuccessful
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Jan-Maat
I read this out in the garden, of the small house my parents bought before buying an even smaller one in a moderately more expensive street, anyhow I sat in a broad bottomed wicker chair beneath a flowering jasmine bush(view spoiler), one summer many years ago. It was the first book by Dickens that I enjoyed ...more
Jonfaith
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pickwick Papers promised heft. Weighing in at 900 pages and larded with indices and erudite observations, the project promised muscle training, if nothing else. The serial natural of the narrative and general zany approach was also apprehended. I simply wasn't prepared, however, for Sam Weller. Oh lord, he may be my favorite character in recent memory. I wasn't prepared for such. I was expecting tales of the idle and curious confronting rural and proltarian situations, if only for hilarity a ...more
Cindy Newton
I'm sure that nothing I say here has not already been said, but here goes. This is the most light-hearted Dickens' I've read thus far, although there are hints and glimpses of his social activism to be found. This is his first novel, and you can see the seeds of who he will become already sprouting. It is amazing to read this and realize that he wrote this when he was 24. 24!!! Besides his youth, the method of writing is very limiting--he writes this in serial form, so each installment leaves hi ...more
Perry
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's over, and can't be helped,...as they always say in Turkey when they cut the wrong man's head off."
“She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it. She has produced some delightful pieces, herself, sir. You may have met with her 'Ode to an Expiring Frog,' sir.”

“Can I view thee panting, lying
On thy stomach, without sighing;
Can I unmoved see thee dying
On a log
Expiring frog!”

I agree generally with my Goodreads friends' revie
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·Karen·
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mttbr-2012
I found this while clearing out the cellar. The price inside the front cover is one pound seventy five, and there's a card inside from an antiquarian bookshop in St Andrews. I have zero recall of buying it, although I do remember visits to St Andrews, and losing one daughter in the haar at the beach. Luckily it was the sensible daughter, not inclined to panic.

"The Biographical Edition, edited by Arthur Waugh, father of Evelyn Waugh, with his introduction in each volume. Waugh had been appointed
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Barry Pierce
Who needs a plot when you have wit?! This is less a novel more a series of continued vignettes disguised as a narrative, and I really liked it. It's essentially "Three Men in a Boat" but 950 pages long.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Gorgeous writing lifts 'The Pickwick Papers' into an upper stratosphere! It isn't often a farce gets five stars from me. This may be Charles Dickens' first novel, built out of a newspaper serial, but there is nothing here to indicate to me that Dickens was struggling to find his voice! He comes out of the gate full speed! Everything which has most critics adoring his later books is here: social satire, a comprehensive set of lively and memorable contemporary 19th-century comical and lovable char ...more
Brad
Jun 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Dickens' first novel shows his comic gift and knack for character development. Really a string of connected episodes rather than a complex novel as he later created, this is still an enjoyable romp.


My generic comment about Charles Dickens:
First of all, although I am a partisan of Dickens' writing and have read and relished most his works, I concede to three flaws in his oeuvre that are not insignificant. First, while he seemed to develop an almost endless variety of male social types, his female
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lorinbocol
Dec 03, 2017 marked it as in-trepidante-attesa  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maipiusenza
a dir la verità volevo solo segnare in uìsclist questa nuova, bellissima, irrinunciabile edizione di pickwick appena uscita da einaudi. solo che mannaggia, goodreads fa casino - oppure io non lo so usare, che è possibilissimo - e inserendo questa nuova (bellissima e irrinunciabile e appena uscita) mi ha tolto la vecchia copia tetrastellata di adelphi, nella traduzione del buon lodovico terzi. lodovico con la o, che è classe 1925.
ora qualcuno mi dice che scrivendo il commento a una delle due ediz
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Jessica
Utterly delightful! I knew nothing about this book except it was about something called The Pickwick Club, and is alluded to in other books, like The Hiding Place and Little Women. But I recently decided that I should really read Dickens' other books, since I do enjoy Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol so much!

There's not really a plot here, but what there is is a gentleman traveling around England, making friends and enemies, and giving us a look into English society at the time: lawsuit
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Manray9
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brit-lit
It has been quite some time since a book made me laugh out loud. Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers, or more properly The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, did so again and again. The book arose from Dickens' engagement to provide descriptions to accompany a series of comic prints as an edition in the popular genre of the picture novel. Dickens' captions grew into serialized articles which appeared in nineteen installments over twenty months during 1836-37. They were then compiled into his f ...more
Roy Lotz
“It’s always best on these occasions to do what the mobs do.”
“But suppose there are two mobs?” suggested Mr. Snodgrass.
“Shout with the largest,” replied Mr. Pickwick.

This is a tough book to review, because it doesn’t seem to need one. The Pickwick Papers is, for the most part, a silly, uncomplicated, and enjoyable novel. His first book, Charles Dickens wrote it at the ripe old age of twenty-four, when most of us are hardly prepared to read a book of this length, much less write one. Dickens wa
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Davide
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dickens, che aveva scaldato i motori con gli Sketches by Boz, nel marzo 1836 fa partire una serie mensile che nasce dalla richiesta degli editori Chapman & Hall. All'inizio sembra una scelta piuttosto alimentare: scrive alla fidanzata Catherine Hogarth (che il 2 aprile 1836 diventava sua moglie): «the emolument is too tempting to resist». L’idea era di fornire il testo per accompagnare vignette sportive umoristiche disegnate dal popolare artista Robert Seymour, che però si suicida dopo il se ...more
Duffy Pratt
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
This book caused a huge sensation when it first appeared in serialization. I'm at a loss. It makes me wonder whether people in Victorian England had anything to do.

I initially tried to read this along the serialization schedule, finishing several chapters a month. That didn't work out. Ordinarily, that plan fails because I can't wait to rush ahead. Here, the problem was that nothing was luring me back to this book, and I happily read other things I found more interesting and entertaining. But, I
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Douglas Wilson
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
Okay, so I have a confession to make. I have never really read any Dickens. Some of my family were big into him, but I never got around to it. I may have read A Christmas Carol some time, but don't think that counts. At any rate, one of my projects consists of always reading some Chesterton, and as it happened, I am now reading Chesterton's collection of pieces on Dickens. So Chesterton convinced me that I needed to read some Dickens, and so I chose Pickwick. I enjoyed it as I went, and by the e ...more
Fábio Martins
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Só por manifesta falta de bom senso poderia presumir que teria alguma coisa a acrescentar às verdadeiras teses que existem acerca desta colecção de fascículos.

Digo,por isso, pouco,sobre este livro colossal (em sentido lato e literal) :
Pickwick existe. É tão incontornavel quanto inesquecível.

Fica comigo,mais que a epopeia pitoresca, a marca de água de uma alma que se vai desenhando devagar,com a firmeza e o vagar das coisas que, de facto, o são.
Lucrezia
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Venghino Miss e Mrs (beh adattiamoci al posto dove ci troviamo )qui c' è posto per tutti , la carrozza è spaziosa al interno , e se non ci si sta c' è l' imperiale , o altrimenti qualcuno si siederà a cassetta con il vetturino .... Ma si mettano comodi lor signori! Ci siamo? Siete tutti belli comodi e sistemati, bene si parte !
Questo sarà un giro particolare perché vi porterò a conoscere un po di nuovi amici , ma ormai ( dopo circa 877 pagine ) direi quasi di conoscerli da lungo tempo , curiosi
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Gwen
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had gotten around to reading Charles Dickens before my English teacher did, because I have spent most of my life erroneously believing that I loathed the author, only to force myself recently into reading through his work in chronological order and discovering that I LOVE Charles Dickens.

Seriously, this book is terrible on a technical level, having a plot which wanders all over the place, characters doing a lot of mundane things like eating, going hunting, telling stories which have not
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Tristram
“We are all the victims of circumstances, and I the greatest.”

Thus Mr. Pickwick, in a fit of despair quite untypical of him, bemoans his fate when he learns that his landlady, Mrs. Bardell, is suing him for breach of promise, and indeed, a victim of circumstances he often is: In the course of one single, albeit voluminous (and delightful) novel, Mr. Pickwick, among other things, finds himself reviled by an obstinate club member, attacked by a pugnacious coachman, charged at by soldiers during a
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Emily Dybdahl
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit
Mr. Pickwick is a middle-aged gentleman of considerable means who enjoys life and adventures and wants to share that joy with his best friends. He has taken under his wing several young men, and though he remains a bachelor, he still maintains a "father but also friend" relationship with these other members of the Pickwick Club.
The personality of Mr. Pickwick is quixotic but less daft. He loves to party but is very generous and keeps a sharp lookout on the well-being of his friends and those on
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El
Charles Dickens was in his mid-20s when he wrote The Pickwick Papers. I'm in my mid-30s and I think just going to work in the morning makes me pretty successful.

Don't go into reading this as a linear novel. These are loosely-connected stories surrounding the members of the Pickwick Club. In fact, the actual title of the book is The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club containing a faithful record of the perambulations, perils, travels, adventures and sporting transactions of the corresponding
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Poncho
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, read-in-2015
Written in a very witty narrative, depicting memorable characters such as Sam Weller, The Pickwick Papers is the announcement of one of the greatest writers ever, who wrote this at the same age of he who is currently writing this deficient intent of a review. If you're in the mood for humour and yet you want to taste the treats of high-quality literature, this book may be what you're looking for. Its characters will surely be impregnated in your heart for ever, as well as some passages and some ...more
Antonia
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you read much Dickens, you can tell that this tale is not quite as dark as others; without as much gloom and visions of good v evil as in his other works. This is a wonderful story and its most memorable character is the affable Sam Weller who is poor, humble, hardworking and just plain good and fun to listen to especially with his comparison speech and amusing sayings. Timson is a skilled and clever reader with all of the voices and inflections probably just as Dickens would have wanted them ...more
Siv30
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
"כתבים מן העיזבון של מועדון הפיקוויקים" כולל במהדורה האלקטרונית שלו למעלה מ- 800 עמודים המתארים את הרפתקאותיהם של פיקוויק ושלושת חבריו ברחבי אנגליה. מטבע הדברים בשל העובדה שמדובר בסיפור הרפתקאות, קשה למצוא קו עלילה אחד המאחד את האירועים השונים
המתוארים ב- 800 עמודים אלה, ולמעשה בחלק הראשון של הספר לא לגמרי התחברתי לסיפורים השונים.

הסיפור צובר תאוצה ועינין כאשר לחבורה מצטרף סם ולר, על תקן משרתו האישי של פיקוויק ועימו אנחנו זוכים להיכרות עם האב הציבעוני שסולד סלידה קשה מאלמנות ונישואים (למרות שהוא נ
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K.
Trigger warnings: nothing that I can think of, but I also found huge chunks of this INCREDIBLY boring so it's possible I missed something when my eyes glazed over...

I knew literally nothing about this when I put it on my Classics Club list back in 2014. And to be honest, I still feel like I know nothing about this. It was Dickens' first novel, and while there are definitely moments of brilliance shining through, I found huge chunks of this to be incredibly dull.

It's essentially a series of sho
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