Review of 'The Pickwick Papers'

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

A series of chapters originally serialized in monthly installments that follows the adventures of Mr. Pickwick, his manservant Sam Weller and fellows of the “Pickwick Clubs” as they leave London to explore the countryside of 1800s England. Their experiences are charming and illustrative of the society in which the book is set. The english mannerisms of Pickwick contrasted with the much more “down to earth” practicalities of Sam (along with his oftentimes indesipherable manner of speach) are entirely typical leading to interesting situations that encourage the reader to desire their resolution (noteably the misunderstanding of his former landlady in the city). Of course there are villans as well as the occasional criticism of the politics of the age (noteably the political aspirations of the town of Eatanswill). The tale has no particular story-line other than following the group in their travels. As I find is typical of Dickens, this story is well written – full of charm and interest. A fun (if somewhat long) read.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Genre: Classic

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