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The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
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Mar 03, 2012

bookshelves: 18th-century, british-isles, novel

Novel in letters recounting the travels of a family group through England and Scotland featuring the servant (and occasional Methodist lay preacher) they pick up on their way the eponymous Humphrey Clinker.

Apart from eighteenth-century humour the novel has an unusual Celtic theme for example the welsh origin of the family and significance of Edinburgh as archetypal 'big city' and in the slightly Don Quixote-like character of the Scottish Officer they pick up in Edinburgh.

One of the few novels whose resolution turns on Welsh inheritance law. Not your typical eighteenth century novel.
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