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Pickwick Papers Hardcover – Unabridged, September 1, 2011
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''[A] supreme masterpiece. . . The great example of everything that made Dickens great.'' --G. K. Chesterton
''Charles Dickens . . . began his literary career as a magazine contributor, writing under the pseudonym ''Boz,'' publishing Sketches by Boz in 1836. His comic masterpiece, The Pickwick Papers (serialized in 1836-37), was intended as 20 monthly installments. Because of the popularity of the series, Dickens increased the number to 40, making the book some 750 pages long. Fear not, gentle listener, you will never be bored. The madcap adventures of Samuel Pickwick, wealthy retired businessman with a gigantic brain, and his three young friends, Tupman, Winkle, and Snodgrass, poke fun at the law, religion, debtors prisons, romance, the medical profession, dueling, con men, local elections, the media, a lawsuit for breach of promise, and other difficulties too numerous to mention. Pickwick is accompanied by accompanied by his faithful servant Sam Weller, whose old father keeps marrying widows. And everybody in England seems to be an alcoholic or at least tipsy much of the time. Through it all, Pickwick's virtue and naïvete shine, a beacon to his club members and the many friends he makes along the way. Many anecdotes told by those many friends let Dickens flex his literary muscles. He writes scenes of tender love, death scenes to make you weep, grinding poverty, soul-blighting prisons but balances all with wit and uproarious humor. Dickens' masterwork is narrated by the incomparable Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, veteran of stage and television. He has narrated some three-hundred audiobooks. He gives the novel the full-voiced treatment, with accents and fluttery females given to hysterics. Highly recommended.'' --SoundCommentary.com (starred review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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But what about the connection between DQ and Pickwick? Is there any above the fact that they both are huge blocs of foremost world literature? I have the itching that yes, but cannot show clear instances. Of course both main persons are in some way foolish idealists, big free minds, which we all wish we could be. A great deal of both stories takes place in travelling, but by different means and in different signs: DQ on his miserable Rosinante and Pickwick on various horse buggies, one of which is called gig and described as - in fact not described closer than that it was on several occasions 'clay colored and red wheeled', but how many wheels? no mention. Never heard before of this vehicle. Wikipedia gives a host of gigs, and mentions the vehicle as two wheeled and horse drawn.
In general, I am very pleased with my invention of collecting dictionary lookups to a vocabulary file. This is one of the finest features of Kindle, although left half way in performance. You get the dictionary definition in an instant, but after closing it vanishes into thin air. Luckily there are screen grabbers with which you can save both the word and its definition.
Although so different of the present mode of life, still particularly different of the social surrounding of our life in Finland, where no Mr. and no Sir exist, not even difference between he and she in the mode of linguistic usage, without any hesitation: five bright stars to Mr. Pickwick by the great Charles Dickens!