The Pickwick Papers Kindle Edition
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With true artistry, narrator David Timson brings to life the misadventures of the Pickwick Club. In Dickens's first novel, Samuel Pickwick (founder and president of the eponymous club) and three Pickwickians travel outside the comforts of London to document life in the English countryside. What follows is a succession of incidents filled with eccentric characters and social commentary. Clocking in around 32 hours, this audio edition would be an arduous task for any narrator, but Timson embraces this intimidating assignment with admirable aplomb. Whatever the scenario presented in prose, he matches the tone and keeps the story moving at a steady clip. He perfectly captures the author's many characters, providing spot-on vocal characterization for each one. This is an outstanding listen for both fans of Dickens and those new to his work. --Publishers Weekly - June 2012
It is a lot of money, but it's also a lot of wonderfully funny stories, brilliantly read, about four trouble-prone Victorian gents pontificating, spooning, wining, dining, trundling about in stage coaches and meeting characters only Dickens could imagine and bring to vivid life. "'Don't be long,' said the spinster aunt affectionately. 'Long? Away? From you? Cruel charmer,' and Mr Jingles skipped playfully up to the spinster aunt and imprinted a chaste kiss on her lips and danced out of the room. 'Dear man,' said the spinster as the door closed after him. 'Rum old girl,' said Mr Jingles as he walked down the passage." To get a marriage licence and take all her money, of course. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian
Timson's irrepressible performance of this rollicking romp through 1830s England in Dickens's first novel invites listeners along as Pickwick and his crew ramble through the countryside. With broad satire and clever irony, Timson proves a delightful guide through slapdash adventures and a host of eccentric characters. --The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0091652CK
- Publisher : Amazon Publishing (September 6, 2012)
- Publication date : September 6, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 18813 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 593 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,387 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book, which is full of incident has a number of stories within the main story, some of which are supernatural, and reminds us that Dickens loved a good ghost story, but is also slightly bawdy, and those who know of Dickens, his life and pleasures will see similarities in places to Tobias Smollett, who Dickens did love to read. Here then we meet Samuel Pickwick, Esquire, the head and founder of the Pickwick Club. We are then provided with this story, in what can be seen as a series of tales that are at times quite loosely connected, although with certain themes and elements running throughout them all.
Off on trips around Kent, the Midlands and down to Bristol and Bath, most of the book does take place in London, although I suspect that like me a lot of people would like to visit the wonderfully named town of Eatanswill. With a number of scrapes taking place, with Pickwick himself accused of breach of promise, and finding himself accidentally in another woman’s bedchamber so we see a court case, and even a stay in debtors’ prison, indeed there are other incidents that are here that appear in greater detail in later books by this author. With a host of wonderful characters, that are brought to life in all their glory, whether they be good or bad, good looking or ugly, so we have a number of unforgettable names to go with them.
We can already see the satire and social commentary that the author became better known for as he continued with his writing and this is always a joy to read. It is perhaps hard for people to understand how popular this became as it was being serially published. If you think of the popularity of the Harry Potter novels and the queues of people waiting to buy the next book, then imagine people avidly queuing to buy a magazine each month for the next instalment of this tale, then you will have some idea how popular this book was, and why it is still read and re-read by so many of us today. Influential of course as Dickens’ works have proven to be if you have never read this before then you really should do so, because this is what entertainment is about, as there is something for everyone here.
My first subject is 'The Pickwick Papers' by Charles Dickens. Dickens must be one of the most famous authors of all time, yet it is surprising how few people have read his books. Most people's knowledge of his work comes from films or TV adaptations. He is generally regarded as Victorian, but, although he wrote his novels in the Victorian era, his early life of extremes in childhood certainly made their mark on his later writings. He suffered from a father best described as 'happy go lucky' in relation to his family, and it is well known that Charles remained (as a child) in a revolting black-leading factory after his father's release from prison. These experiences undoubtedly coloured his later works, but are notably absent from this, his first work. One can surmise that rthis is due to two factors - firstly this was his first work of any consequence to be published so he was an unknown quantity to any publisher, and the one to take a chance on him published 'Pickwick Papers' in monthly form - he had to keep the readers wanting the next episode. These factors had two results: They ensured that this as a comic masterpiece, and that it could be read in seperate sections. To give any detail would spoil it - please read it and enjoy.This partcular format is a joy to own and read. The Collector's Library is beautifully produced, a prime example of the bookmaker's art..It is a long read, over one thousand pages, but the original magazine partitions mean it can be happily picked up and put down.
I found the funniest parts of the book to be the early chapters where Dickens seems to be concentrating more on pure humour/satire by creating brilliant caricatures and there were several incidents that had me laughing out loud whilst I was reading (fortunately I was reading at home). As the serial progresses Dickens seems to move away from this approach to create more rounded, sympathetic characters, particularly where Mr Pickwick himself is concerned and whilst that meant there were fewer laugh out loud moments it also meant I became fonder of the characters.
A note on my edition: My copy was the 2003 Penguin Classics edition and as well as including some very helpful notes on the text and an introduction, this edition also showed where each monthly part ended so I was able to read along as the original subscribers to the serial would have received it (yes, I am a Dickens geek). This edition also comes complete with the original illustrations by Seymour and Phiz which are absolutely superb and really add to the story.
All in all, I can't recommend this book enough and I'm only sorry it took me so long to get round to rereading it.