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His highly crafted language is endlessly inventive and evocative. Finally, he created a parade of some of the funniest, evilest, and most pathetic characters one will ever encounter and although extreme, they also ring true to equivalent characters from any time. View all 3 comments. Jun 03, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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: In short, Dickens gives us a very thorough picture of The Life and Times, and it is fascinating! It has been quite some time since a book made me laugh out loud. 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 They were then compiled into his f It has been quite some time since a book made me laugh out loud.

They were then compiled into his first novel and published in to great public acclaim. The novel exemplifies the early picaresque period of Dickens' writing. The story traces the escapades of Mr. Pickwick, his small group of friends, and his waggish but devoted servant as they travel about England and encounter a menagerie of eccentric characters. The members of the Pickwick Club collect amusing tales in the various locales they visit.

While the tales are entertaining and often contain a supernatural element, the Pickwickians themselves are indelible figures and their misadventures are richer in comedy and more colorful than the stories they collect.

Due to the original serialization, the novel is obviously episodic. The separations between the installments are easily recognizable. This does not detract from the book in any meaningful manner. Classics are considered such for good reasons and Pickwick Papers serves as a sterling example.

Pickwick Papers persists as a 'classic' entirely on its own merits; it does not, like so much of our greatest literature, have to be kept alive by schools or colleges.

Nor does it have to be rediscovered. Charles Dickens' jewel of a first novel is certainly worthy of a Five Star rating in my library. View all 4 comments. Jan 06, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

The plot follows the peregrinations of Mr. Pickwick, esquire, as well as his fellow Pickwikians, Mr. Tupman, and his servant, the jolly and oblique Mr. Misadventures are had, mistakes are made, misunderstandings are rampant, a few men end up having to chase their hats, there are a few marriages and imprisonments en route, and everything ends well.

This book is, however, fascinating in one special respect. As he typically did, Dickens wrote this book in installments; and thus it is possible to see the young author developing before our very eyes, from the front page to the last. The beginning is, although full of good fun, a bit shaky and scatterbrained; but by three-fourths of the way through, the full Dickens has emerged. We have exaggerated personalities, sentimental love-stories, biting social satire, silly names aplenty, a neat plot resolution, and a happily-ever-after.

It is a brilliant beginning to a brilliant career. All'inizio sembra una scelta piuttosto alimentare: Il primo vero successo di Dickens, insomma. I Pickwick Papers sono anche una di quelle opere lunghe in una tradizione ideale che va da Apuleio a Boiardo, da Ariosto a Cervantes, ecc. Ad esempio nella crudelissima vicenda strappalacrime - anche questa inserita - di George Heyling, vera novella morale: Anzi, da commedia moltiplicata, con tutta una serie di matrimoni.

Pickwick si ritira dai suoi vagabondaggi conoscitivi e si fa preparare una ricca e confortevole casa nei dintorni di Londra, dove vive assistito dal fedele Samuel, a sua volta accasato, secondo le convenienze sociali, con una cameriera carina. Ancora il maestro Praz: 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. I enjoyed it as I went, and by the e Okay, so I have a confession to make. I enjoyed it as I went, and by the end found it curiously satisfying. Apr 25, Duffy Pratt rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 This book caused a huge sensation when it first appeared in serialization. But, I do want to read all of Dickens albeit slowly , and here the best solution was to force myself through to the end.

That's how I got through the last half. I thought some of it was amusing. But for me, it never got much more than that. And I never got fully engaged with it. In some ways, reading this book reminded me of watching a somewhat dated sitcom from TV.

There were some interesting episodes, but the characters never became more than paper thing, and there was pretty much no development at all along the way. Perhaps, when it came out, it served the same function as sitcoms did in the 60s and 70s. But, to me at least, Pickwick seems at least as dated as The Dick Van Dyke, and considerably less fun. The amazing thing is that the Victorians were right about Dickens, and if this book skyrocketed his career, it can't be all bad.

And it's really not all bad, or I should say that it's not bad at all. It's just not as fun as I expected. Digo,por isso, pouco,sobre este livro colossal em sentido lato e literal: Ma si mettano comodi lor signori! Siete tutti belli comodi e sistemati, bene si parte! Siamo addirittura finiti in carcere! Ammirate questo austero gentiluomo nel suo portamento e nelle sue maniere , osservate che aura di grandezza gli tiene subito dietro "Salute a lei signor Pickwick!

Come se la passa? Parlate se non vi dispiace, signor Weller. Stava ancora dormendo , ma del resto nella sua vita non fa altro che bere e mangiare Ma no, no , non voglio svelare la sorpresa , andate a prendere il libro Jun 29, Gwen rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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 nothing to do with the plot, etc. I wouldn't normally be tempted to give 5 stars to something like that, but Dickens made it work for me somehow. When I was young, I think to a certain extent I believed that Dickens was a horror writer.

The ghosts from Christmas Carol terrified me when I was a small child, and later in English class, we read the scene from Great Expectations where Pip meets Miss Havisham, and the description of Miss Havisham left me with the impression that she was much like the Cryptkeeper from Tales From the Crypt in a wedding gown. Everything I was exposed to about Dickens when I was young left me with the impression that he was a wordy, depressing bore, or just too scary for me.

It probably does not help that English teachers everywhere seem to be enamored of his later "serious books" read: They are also guilty of burdening what work we do study with obtuse discussions of symbolism, Jungian psychology, and all the other usual methods that teachers use to foster an "appreciation" read: But here's the thing: His early novels may be silly fun, and sometimes read as though they were written by a Victorian J.

The early Harry Potter books were much the same way - silly, fluffy - but reading those first prepares the reader to accept the darker, more serious tone of the latter books, because we are already in love with the author and therefore care about what happens to the author's characters. I believe this is the crucial point as to why Dickens was so loved and sold wildly with his original Victorian audience, but later generations perceive him as depressing school drudgework, an author you HAVE to read, but really don't want to.

I'm personally looking forward to the later books now, because I have become a Dickensian convert by the persuasive power of this book. 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 manoeuvre, gulled by the telegraphic Mr. Jingle, facing a middle-aged lady in her hotel room, which he mistakes for his own, and later insulted by her jealous suitor, read brain-wrecking poetry to by Mrs. Leo Hunter, led up not exactly the garden path but the garden wall through Mr. If there ever was an unflinching, undaunted hero, it is Mr.

Pickwick, whose love for and interest in humanity take him unscathed through all adversity and danger — but also into them, to be quite honest — and who requires nothing but an occasional glass of brandy or punch, be it cold or warm, and some practical advice or help from Sam Weller to keep going and remain the same warm-hearted man, or maybe even become a better one.

It is his trust in his fellow-men and his lack of suspicion that are his true strengths, or to use the words of G. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life. Because Pickwick is led away by Jingle, he will be led to the White Hart Inn, and see the only Weller cleaning boots in the courtyard. Because he is bamboozled by Dodson and Fogg, he will enter the prison house like a paladin, and rescue the man and the woman who have wronged him most.

His soul will never starve for exploits or excitements who is wise enough to be made a fool of. He will make himself happy in the traps that have been laid for him; he will roll in their nets and sleep. All doors will fly open to him who has a mildness more defiant than mere courage. It is the hospitality of circumstance. With torches and trumpets, like a guest, the greenhorn is taken in by Life.

And the sceptic is cast out by it. Pickwick, do you see the lady in the gauze turban? One can clearly see that Dickens was still honing his writing-skills, becoming aware of and playing with both his boisterous imagination and his impressive range of styles, in fact touching on many points that he would deal with in greater depth in his later, often more serious, novels.

Apart from that, one cannot deny that there are also some rare instances when we can feel too clearly that Dickens was also writing in order to meet his monthly demand of pages.

But then, can there ever be enough Pickwick? One has the impression that the characters could easily walk out of the novel and obtain their place in real life. This not only applies to Mr. Pickwick and his trusty manservant Sam, but also to the legion of minor characters that enliven the pages of this timeless novel.

If you take a look at a strange creation like Peter Magnus, for instance, you will find that at first sight, all his mannerisms make him too quaint to be true but when you take time to consider you will find that he makes perfect sense.

In short, Pickwick Papers is so full of life, bustling and bursting with imagination, wit and exuberance that even if Dickens had never written another word, this novel would have made sure that the author were still a household name today. 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 Mr.

He loves to party but is very generous and keeps a sharp lookout on the well-being of his friends and those on whom he takes pity. He's also a stubborn man of principle and when an unfair court case determines against him, he decides to go to debtor's prison rather than pay the sleazy lawyers.

He might be the main character of the story, but the guy who really stole the show is Sam Weller. Or is it Veller? Probably Veller, but he interchanges his "w's" and "v's" so it's hard to tell! I've encountered this before in reading Dickens, but usually he has his characters only substitute "w's" for "v's" and not vice versa too All I know is, it mixes me up in reading the rest of the book for awhile and I'm so curious if people really spoke like that?

It doesn't make any linguistic sense to me but I'm not an expert. Anyway, Sam Weller is the prime comedian, prime sidekick, and prime voice of reason-calm, chill in every situation, hilariously but not always consciously offensive, stubborn, fiercely loyal, and discerningly affectionate. He's a better Sancho Panza to Pickwick's Quixote.

This book reminded me of Don Quixote too in that it included some stories within the story, and between these often very dark inner stories, and the mostly lighthearted larger story, Dickens showed his anecdotes about society, and I found some of them to be limited to his time period while some were timeless. As one timeless example, Mr. Tiggins is a character who is a "reverend" but more so a cult leader of the local temperance society.

Tiggins is that greatly exaggerated person who is a complete hypocrite, being that he is an extreme alcoholic, who has probably decided to lead a temperance society because of his weaselly manipulative nature in conning the ladies into giving him money "for a great cause". Stiggins did not desire his hearers to be upon their guard against those false prophets and wretched mockers of religion, who, without sense to expound its first doctrines or hearts to feel its first principles, are more dangerous members of society than the common criminal, imposing, as they necessarily do, upon the weakest and worst informed, casting scorn and contempt on what should be held most sacred and bringing into partial disrepute large bodies of virtuous and well-conducted persons of many excellent sects and persuasions.

I'd recommend to anyone who doesn't mind reading books that are super long. Charles Dickens was in his mids when he wrote The Pickwick Papers. I'm in my mids 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 Charles Dickens was in his mids when he wrote The Pickwick Papers.

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 members.

Dickens came through in those areas - there is a little of everything, and that's what makes this book fun. It's sort of clunky and slapsticky, just like the members themselves, who find themselves in all sorts of fantastic situations. The best is the relationship between Samuel Pickwick and his servant, Sam Weller.

I won't be the first and certainly not the last to compare them to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. There are similarities there, and their interactions can be just as hilarious as the Spanish originals. But Dickens has a lot of filler. A lot of filler. I never think his books need to be nearly as long as they are, and this one was no exception.

We see Dickens taking his first writerly steps with this novel, and that's fun to see. You can see him grow throughout the book and you can see themes and motifs emerge that are familiar to readers of his later books. And then, much to my surprise, there's an entire chapter involving goblins. Not necessary, but fantastic. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Pickwick Papers Quotes showing of 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. It is the fate of all authors or chroniclers to create imaginary friends, and lose them in the course of art. Nor is this the full extent of their misfortunes; for they are required to furnish an account of them besides.

Don't ask any questions. The popularity of The Pickwick Papers increased dramatically with the introduction, in chapter 10, of Pickwick's servant Samuel Weller, who councils his master with charming Cockney wisdom. Wellerisms The colorful dialogue of Sam Weller and his father, Tony, in Pickwick Papers is peppered with what have become known as Wellerisms.

Learn more and see a list of Wellerisms found in Pickwick Papers. Your browser does not support JavaScript! If ever you gets to up'ards o' fifty, and feels disposed to go a-marryin' anybody--no matter who--jist you shut yourself up in your own room, if you've got one, and pison yourself off hand. Hangin's wulgar, so don't you have nothin' to say to that. Pison yourself, Samivel, my boy, pison yourself, and you'll be glad on it arterwards.

Original Pickwick Papers illustrator Robert Seymour commits suicide. Hablot Browne replaces him. Dickens agrees to edit Bentley's Miscellany , resigns as reporter for the Morning Chronicle. Grieving for his beloved sister-in-law Dickens misses deadlines for the only time in his life.

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