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Pictures from Italy (Penguin Classics) Paperback – July 1, 1998
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About the Author
Kate Flint is Professor of English at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is author of The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 (1993) and The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (2000), and has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth century literary and cultural history. She is currently completing The Transatlantic Indian 1776-1930.
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The people appearing in PICTURES are almost entirely people encountered enroute, including postilions, innkeepers, guides, soldiers, and the like. He does not appear to have entertained any intention of interviewing writers, political leaders, prelates, or others. It is as if I took a trip through the U.S. and wrote only about bus drivers, service station attendants, traffic cops, and ticket takers.
And yet, and yet, it is obviously the great Charles Dickens writing this book. The writing is superb even if the subject matter is strangely limited. I was entertained, dismayed, and befuddled all at the same time. Comparing it to something like Mark Twain's INNOCENTS ABROAD or ROUGHING IT, however, I feel it is Twain who comes out ahead. Dickens, it seems, forgot to create any memorable characters.
These are reminiscences by Charles Dickens as he traveled from London to Florence in 1844. Namely from London, to Paris, Lyons (commencing in a four horse carriage, complete with 24 bells on each horse and one postilion being a person riding the leading left-hand horse instead of a coachman), by boat down the Rhone to Avignon, and then variously to Aix, Marseilles, Genoa, Nice, Parma, Modena, Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, Mantua, through the Pass of Simplon into Switzerland, to Rome by Pisa and Siena, then Naples and finally Florence.
Such a trip "from London in about nine to ten days" Dickens noted compared to "Eighteen hundred years ago, the Roman legions under Claudius protested against being lead...urging that it lay beyond the limits of the world". Dickens was, in a sense, a real traveler within the environment compared to today's traveler who should be awarded a degree of Bachelor of Freeway Construction by counting the 178 tunnels between Italy and Monaco for example.
Unlike modern travel writing Charles Dickens provides critical comment such as "Much of the romance of the beautiful towns and villages...[along the Riviera and in Genoa]...disappears when they are entered...the inhabitants... are like a population of Witches - except that they are certainly not to be suspected of brooms or any other instrument of cleanness".
Travel for Dickens is history, true journalism, real and critical comment. Not the modern Hollywood entertainment of Julia Roberts "Eat, Pray, Love" as in 'reconnecting with the true inner self'(!).Read more ›
Dickens was not the first or the last British author to love Italy. Just think of such literary luminaries as Frances Trollope, D.H. Lawrence
and EM Forster to name a few. Dickens gives us pictures in words of all the major cities and sights. After reading this short (just over 200 pages long) travel book the reviewer learns from Dickens that:
1. The cities and towns were usually run-down and the people encountered were poor. Dickens says little about Italian cuisine.
2. Rebellion against the monarchy was already in evidence in 1846. Several years later Garibaldi would lead a major Italian revolution.
Dickens was a committed democrat who favored constitutional monarchy such as was the practice in his native England.
3. Dickens disliked many aspects of the Roman Catholic Church as he witnessed it in Italy.
4. He includes many anecdotes regarding the mule and cart travel in upland Italy. Travel was often dangerous and slow.
5. Dickens was an early riser and walker enjoying touring on foot the major attractions.
This work is shorter and not as interesting as his "American Notes for General Circulation" but it is a window into the mind of a creative genius who relished new sights, sounds and smells. Viva Italia! Viva Dickens!
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Amazon does not disclose that the Kindle version of this book does not have the illustrations. As for this being an "annotated" version, there are two footnotes of a few... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jane Levine
I ordered this book for the "pictures" which were not there. Knowing Charles Dickens lived during the mid 1800's and not exposed to cameras it seemed that someone else must... Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Judy R Cochran
The book arrived on time and in perfect conditions, but it wasn't clear from the descriptions that the illustrations inside were only in black and white!Published on January 27, 2014 by Maria Carla Zizolfi
I was disappointed to see mostly all of the images were in black and white. There is something to be said for clarity when color is included in the picture. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by L. A. Rust
This book exceeded my expectations with the illustrative art work incorporated into the book. I'm using this book to make a e reader cover and it will be perfect.Published on October 29, 2013 by DC
I took a good look at this book and wished to keep it for myself. I purchased it as a gift.Published on February 18, 2013 by Pamela hinton