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The Pickwick Papers (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – July 15, 2008
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'Extremely useful edition with excellent introduction, notes etc. and very reasonably priced.' Norman Vance, Sussex University
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Despite its length, Pickwick never tries your patience. It's delightfully humorous from beginning to end. Samuel Pickwick is the bumbling, middle-aged, wealthy namesake of this novel. He's the leader of a small group of single men that gets into all sorts of mischief, both physical and social. Booze is rampant. Apparently liquor back then was much more a part of daily life than today; everywhere these guys go they party and get drunk. They get into trouble with the law, women, unsavory characters, and more.
Characterization is superb. This is one of the few novels I've read for which I can actually say that I got to know the characters. In most books I've read, the characters remain two-dimensional and the plot is what carries the story. In Pickwick, the *characters* are the essence of the story and the novel wouldn't be memorable at all if a lesser author were attempting to breathe life into these people.
The Penguin edition includes a decent collection of endnotes to help explain unfamiliar portions of the text. Nevertheless, there were still quite a few words and concepts peculiar to early 19th century England that I didn't grasp.Read more ›
"The Pickwick Papers" is one of Dickens's earliest works, written when the author was a mere twenty-four years old. You wouldn't know his age by reading the story, though. "Pickwick" is a work that delivers healthy doses of sophisticated humor, keen observations on pressing social issues, romance, and a mature knowledge of human behavior. It's of course fiction, although Dickens presents the story as a true series of events documented by the "Pickwick Club," a social organization founded by retired businessman and all around merry fellow Samuel Pickwick.Read more ›
I was willing to put up with it until I came to the scene in the parlor at Manor Farm, which appears to be missing some text. Either that, or Dickens is more post-modern than I thought, trailing off (with no punctuation) in the middle of a sentence.
Amazon needs to do some quality control on this edition, and remove it from the store. There are plenty of others, why waste our time by listing inferior product?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anything by Charles Dickens is wonderful. The man was a superlative writer. I revist many of his books again and again over the decades.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would give six stars if I could, but I have been a Dickens fan all my life. This was one book I had not read yet. Read morePublished 13 days ago by emcsull
Book was in decent shape, pages a little yellowed, but I picked a very inexpensive paperback. Arrived in a decent amount of time. No problems with payment or shipping.Published 23 days ago by Murph
Very hard to read. Language has changed a lot since Dickens was writing, mostly for the better.Published 1 month ago by Richard Fancy
A marvelous story of the human spirit in both light and dark hues. Dickens is a master of the word picture without resort to sensationalism or exaggeration and is blessed with the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vincent Greene
Loved this book. Funny, upbeat and entertaining. Hated to see it come to an end.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I feel silly as hell rating a Charles Dickens book just as you'd rate some bodice-ripper or crime novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A masterpiece of droll humour, still surprisingly funny to modern sensibilities. A bit like Monty Python meets the Carry on crew. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnjohn