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5.0 out of 5 stars A real inside look at history!, January 14, 2007
This review is from: The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Modern Library) (Hardcover)
When I started reading the diary, I expected it to be extremely boring and very old fashioned (seeing how it was written in the 1600's) - how wrong I was!!!

Samuel Pepys (pronounced 'peeps') is a human, funny, moody man who has his ups and downs like the rest of us. His narrative during the plague records his concern about neighbors, and his real sorrow when people he knows succumb to it. He also records his experiences during the great fire of London in 1666 and his first mention of it strikes me as entirely human - he says that his maids wake him as they have heard of the fire and as it is not near his doorstep he simply goes back to bed as he's tired. He has arguments with his wife, and has cast a lusty eye upon the kings mistress for years! He also has, what I call 'mini affairs' where he kisses and fondles women quite regularly, (including his own maids) and seems to have no guilt about this whatsoever. Most mornings he 'drinks' his breakfast and at one point is outraged that his new wig is teeming with nits! An historical and very human read. Makes me realise that after 450 years we are all no different at all........
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2013 10:42:45 AM PDT
joan charles says:
just read mr.k j kloian comments on samuel pepy's, yes I agree with you, no matter the time span between us today and samuels time , people are people, and things have not changed much, I bought the wheatley sditions around 1981 in a los angeles used book store. I have read all the volumes of which have 11, three times, and I am still fascinated with the history of England, I have read a heck of a lot of the tudor history,great reading. Samuel I thought was a selfish man, the way he would feed his face and not worry about his poor wife who went without a meal at times,and another problem I encountered was that I can't read French which he liked to use at times , so I was frustrated to say the least, on the whole though, great reading. joan e charles
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