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Martin Chuzzlewit (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – April 1, 1998
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These characters sometimes make me scream. I'd like to be face to face with them, vigourously attempting to argue them out of their other-destructive behavior...Of course it would be totally useless as far as they're concerned, but hopefully cathartic for me.
The PBS video (6 hours) is how I was introduced to this story. After viewing the video I read the book. Dickens offers a marked contrast to his near contemporary Alexis deTocqueville's. Where Tocqueville saw free association and high community spirit in his Democracy in America, Dickens saw flim-flam and greed everywhere. -As greed and selfishness are big themes in Chuzzlewit, America proved an apt foil. It is said American publishers pirated Dickens work, paying him no royalties, adding fuel to his ire. Other reviewers have commented on Pecksniff , Mrs. Gump, Jonas Chuzzlewit and Tom Pinch. Oh, there are Dickensian characters in this book. The rivalry between Mercy and Charity Pecksniff results in this case, in alarming tragedies of self-centeredness. If there be humor in such goings on, you'll love Montigue Tigg (Tigg Montigue). He is every bit the operator, having much in common with Mr. Merdle of Dicken's Little Dorritt. Rest assured, as Dickens torments the reader with the trials of his characters, this is one of those tales where just desserts are served in the end.
We stand beside the poor, woefully abused Tom Pinch and cheer at his every minor victory, and watch the machinations of Mr Pecksniff and his daughters, Charity and Mercy, with despair. In fact, every character feels like a true individual with a complete life of his or her own. Dickens succeeds brilliantly at making his characters come to life.
It is, indeed, these characters, far more than the overall plot, which makes this a wonderful read. We are drawn, literally, into their lives and we actually feel an emotional connection with them. That while some are caricatures of `good and bad', they are so fully realised, it makes little difference.
This is not to say the entire novel works - as with much writing of this period, the style might frustrate modern readers who are used to straightforward writing that `cuts to the chase' - Dickens certainly liked the written word and he uses it liberally, as an artist might cover a canvas with thick, colourful paint.
Martin Chuzzlewit is a novel you don't (and shouldn't) sit down to all at once. It's something to be savoured and enjoyed over time (as the original readers would have done, anxiously waiting for each chapter to be printed). This world is simply too detailed to skim through.
If you're an American, you might question the inclusion of the American section.Read more ›
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This is Dickens' sixth novel, published in installments during 1843/4. It was very poorly received during publication, causing Dickens to make changes as he went along, such as... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Peter Reeve
Old Martin Chuzzlewit's greedy relations have always assumed that his grandson and namesake will inherit the bulk of his wealth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FictionFan
You can't go wrong with Dickens. A bit of light reading for an cold New England night.Published 2 months ago by Jared R Towler
So much useless padding, so many stray threads leading nowhere, so much unintelligible dialog - must have been paid by the word. I would give it no stars if that were a choice.Published 3 months ago by James W. Shelar
Dickens descriptions and development of characters is delightful. Some of the many characters are less well developed, so the actions they take later have little precedent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John
When reading this book, comparing it with the Masterpiece Theatre production, Martin Chuzzlewit, the production wins. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.D. Savid