The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

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The adventures of the immortal Pickwick Club, headed by good Mr. Pickwick himself, have kept readers laughing for nearly two centuries. Following the intrepidly bumbling Pickwickians along the highways and byways of old England, Charles Dickens creates a vivid world of highwaymen, duels, lawsuits, jails, and hilarious romantic imbroglios--but a world too of deeply affecting human warmth and generosity. Filled with a host of indelible characters, [viii] The Pickwick Papers has never ceased to enjoy the popularity it won with its initial publication--when it rocketed its author to sudden fame and launched a career without equal in the history of the English novel.
 
With an Afterword by Jasper Fforde
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, [2004]
ISBN: 9780451529381
0451529383
Branch Call Number: PB Dicke 3558
Characteristics: xx, 882 p
Alternative Title: Pickwick papers
Pickwick Club

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lpreston214
May 12, 2015

One of my faves by Dickens. So funny.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 26, 2015

"I shall never regret," said Mr. Pickwick in a low voice--"I shall never regret having devoted the greater part of two years to mixing with different varieties and shades of human character, frivolous as my pursuit of novelty may have appeared to many."
Dickens's first novel, which like many of his books, was published in serial form. Episodic and loosely structured, "Pickwick" is amusing and light, with hints of the darker turn his later novels would take (social issues, a court case that anticipates "Bleak House"). The influence of Smollett, Sterne, and Fielding is fairly clear, but it also shows Dickens discovering his all-embracing imaginative powers and deft character sketches. Not for the Dickens novice. Followed by his first great novel, "Oliver Twist."

SB2000 May 05, 2011

Picaresque, humane, light and humourous. While not as dark as Dicken's later works, some of the literary themes he returned to are there from the beginning. An episodic satire based on accute observations of society and social norms including: courting, politics, families, debtors prisons and the bottomless tar-pit that is the Law.

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