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The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens How is this book unique? Illustrations Included Free Audiobook The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) is Charles Dickens's first novel. He was asked to contribute to the project[which?] as an up-and-coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of Di The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens How is this book unique? Illustrations Included Free Audiobook The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) is Charles Dickens's first novel. He was asked to contribute to the project[which?] as an up-and-coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of Dickens' novels were issued in shilling instalments before being published as complete volumes). Dickens (still writing under the pseudonym of Boz) increasingly took over the unsuccessful monthly publication[which?] after the original illustrator Robert Seymour had committed suicide. With the introduction of Sam Weller in chapter 10, the book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books, and other merchandise. After the publication, the widow of Robert Seymour claimed that the idea for the novel was originally her husband's; however, in his preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens strenuously denied any specific input, writing that "Mr Seymour never originated or suggested an incident, a phrase, or a word, to be found in the book."


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The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens How is this book unique? Illustrations Included Free Audiobook The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) is Charles Dickens's first novel. He was asked to contribute to the project[which?] as an up-and-coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of Di The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens How is this book unique? Illustrations Included Free Audiobook The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) is Charles Dickens's first novel. He was asked to contribute to the project[which?] as an up-and-coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of Dickens' novels were issued in shilling instalments before being published as complete volumes). Dickens (still writing under the pseudonym of Boz) increasingly took over the unsuccessful monthly publication[which?] after the original illustrator Robert Seymour had committed suicide. With the introduction of Sam Weller in chapter 10, the book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books, and other merchandise. After the publication, the widow of Robert Seymour claimed that the idea for the novel was originally her husband's; however, in his preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens strenuously denied any specific input, writing that "Mr Seymour never originated or suggested an incident, a phrase, or a word, to be found in the book."

30 review for The Pickwick Papers: By Charles Dickens : Illustrated & Unabridged (Free Bonus Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I am so glad that I decided to reread this early Dickens novel! Thanks to Jean & John, whose great enjoyment during their reread a few years ago made me reconsider this ;) I first read this in my early 20s and was disappointed with it; since then, for many years, I have considered this one of Dickens lesser books. This time, I found it full of humor and wonderful characters. Although I generally get the free public domain Kindle editions of classics, I am glad that I spent the little bit it cost I am so glad that I decided to reread this early Dickens novel! Thanks to Jean & John, whose great enjoyment during their reread a few years ago made me reconsider this ;) I first read this in my early 20s and was disappointed with it; since then, for many years, I have considered this one of Dickens lesser books. This time, I found it full of humor and wonderful characters. Although I generally get the free public domain Kindle editions of classics, I am glad that I spent the little bit it cost to get this illustrated edition. The illustrations alone are worth it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandolin

    This was my third time reading this book and it was just as good (or maybe even better) than the first. There's a reason Charles Dickens' books have stood the test of time: their humor and wisdom is ageless. Not my favorite Dickens book (that would be A Tale of Two Cities) but certainly one near the top of my list!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terrapene

    In high school, I read A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, the latter of which I consider to be an essential book for every boy to read as Little Women is an essential book for every girl to read. Also, I wrote my senior year English Critique on Charles Dickens, noting his role as a social reformer. Since then, the only other work of Dickens that I have read is A Christmas Carol. So, I recently decided to read all of Dickens’ novels, starting with his first. The story in The Pickwick Pap In high school, I read A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, the latter of which I consider to be an essential book for every boy to read as Little Women is an essential book for every girl to read. Also, I wrote my senior year English Critique on Charles Dickens, noting his role as a social reformer. Since then, the only other work of Dickens that I have read is A Christmas Carol. So, I recently decided to read all of Dickens’ novels, starting with his first. The story in The Pickwick Papers is about Samuel Pickwick, the founder of the Pickwick Club, and three club members. They formed the Corresponding Society of the Pickwick Club in which the four would travel the country and send back reports of their adventures. There isn’t one continuing plot in the book, although a number of the characters they meet along the way become a continuing part of the story. I don’t rank this book as highly as I would Great Expectations, but it is a good book. The stories in the book are interesting and include an example of the injustice in the legal system in England of that time period. I particularly liked the style of writing. It is certainly not like modern novels. In one scene, Ben Allen’s aunt comes to visit him at his friend Bob Sawyer’s shop. She is there to tell Ben that his sister Arabella has run off with a man and married him. Ben wanted his sister to marry his friend Bob. The aunt is there with her servant Mr. Martin. When the aunt breaks the news to Bob while Ben is dozing, Bob yells to Ben that his sister has bolted. Ben awakens, sees Mr. Martin, and attacks him, perhaps thinking that he is his sister’s husband. Below is how this situation is described in the book. “Mr. Ben Allen, who had been slumbering behind the counter, with his head half a foot or so below his knees, no sooner heard this appalling communication, than he made a precipitate rush at Mr. Martin, and, twisting his hand in the neck-cloth of that taciturn servitor, expressed an obliging intention of choking him where he stood. This intention, with a promptitude often the effect of desperation, he at once commenced carrying into execution, with much vigor and surgical skill.” “Mr. Martin, who was a man of few words and possessed but little power of eloquence or persuasion, submitted to this operation with a very calm and agreeable expression of countenance, for some seconds; finding, however, that it threatened speedily to lead to a result which would place it beyond his power to claim any wages, board or otherwise, in all time to come, he muttered an inarticulate remonstrance and felled Mr. Benjamin Allen to the ground. As that gentleman had his hands entangled in his cravat, he had no alternative but to follow him to the floor.” The entire book is written this way. It causes the reader to read carefully and slowly in order to better enjoy the story in the way that it is told. The Pickwick Papers is ranked number 6 of the Dickens novels by one expert, number 9 by another, and number 7 by yet another. So, it is ranked in the middle of the Dickens novels. I will be able to have my own opinion when I have read them all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Punija Mani

    "What was over, couldn't be begun, and what couldn't be cured must be endured" - Charles Dickens The Posthumous papers of the Pickwick club- The Pickwick papers was the first book by Charles Dickens, not a novel rather a series. It was really a long read with 900 pages. This wasn't even a planned novel. And who needs a plot to write a story when you have class level wit. This novel takes a dark turn and visits the black humors of Dickens' picaresque period. I was always a Dickens fan, and this bo "What was over, couldn't be begun, and what couldn't be cured must be endured" - Charles Dickens The Posthumous papers of the Pickwick club- The Pickwick papers was the first book by Charles Dickens, not a novel rather a series. It was really a long read with 900 pages. This wasn't even a planned novel. And who needs a plot to write a story when you have class level wit. This novel takes a dark turn and visits the black humors of Dickens' picaresque period. I was always a Dickens fan, and this book may not be his best one but indeed a great one to fall for him..

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I liked it. This is his first novel, so he hadn't yet reached the David Copperfield level, but, still, it is worth reading. Wonderful characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Delightful first book. I feel he used this book and the little vignette’s as springboards for future novels. I can see other books forming in his mind, from Marley, Scrooge, and many more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard Tolleson

    This first Dickens novel is certainly not his greatest, but glimmers of his coming literary greatness shine through. We have the usual cast of Dickensian characters, with their odd names, odder habits, and Dickens' wry commentary. We have a court scene that presages (in a humorous fashion) the one that will play out in A Tale of Two Cities. We have the debtors' prison from Oliver Twist, again presented in a humorous fashion. This book is a cross between The Canterbury Tales and Monty Python, and This first Dickens novel is certainly not his greatest, but glimmers of his coming literary greatness shine through. We have the usual cast of Dickensian characters, with their odd names, odder habits, and Dickens' wry commentary. We have a court scene that presages (in a humorous fashion) the one that will play out in A Tale of Two Cities. We have the debtors' prison from Oliver Twist, again presented in a humorous fashion. This book is a cross between The Canterbury Tales and Monty Python, and had Dickens fully developed his powers, it might have become a full-mirror spoof of Chaucer. As it is, the book meanders (as these originally serialized stories tend to do), and there are entire chapters that are a character telling a story about someone outside the book that could easily be left out. This book is well-worth reading, if only because it shows a beginning author on the cusp of greatness, already demonstrating some of the skills that would make him one of England's finest authors.

  8. 5 out of 5

    H M Reynolds

    This is the story of Mr Pickwick and three companions who set out on an expedition around the countryside to see what they might discover on their way. It is a light hearted comedy. I believe this book may have originally been published in a newspaper, because the stories have a very episodic format. Although there are reoccurring characters, there is often not a sense of drive to keep you reading to the end. It is more a series of things that happen to Pickwick and his travelling companions, the This is the story of Mr Pickwick and three companions who set out on an expedition around the countryside to see what they might discover on their way. It is a light hearted comedy. I believe this book may have originally been published in a newspaper, because the stories have a very episodic format. Although there are reoccurring characters, there is often not a sense of drive to keep you reading to the end. It is more a series of things that happen to Pickwick and his travelling companions, the people they meet and the stories they discover. The quality of the writing is evident - I believe that this was the author's first novel and you can see his style developing here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Smith

    Since I was about 13 years old I have been a Dickensian and I read all of his books at least once every decade. The Pickwick Papers contains intriguing tales and hilarious characters such as Sam Weller and Nathaniel Winkle, to mention only a few. The Pickwick Club and Mr. Pickwick in particular have all sorts of adventures. This is the book that for many years prompted Dickens fans to tour the many spots mentioned in the novel, ideally on horse-driven coaches. It's a ball of fun!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Bisset

    Still a tale that charms Young Dickens already showed great literary promise. Pickwick Papers is a romp, a travelogue, a farce, and also a subtle portrait of early industrial society. Social comment is there, and an attack upon legal rapacity. Mr Pickwick is a veritable saint, of course! It is a long book, but I skipped few paragraphs and derived much pleasure from the tale. My next literary adventure will be Bleak House - rather a contrast!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dan Yingst

    utterly charming, a masterpiece

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Richardson

    Wonderful! Loved this book for years! My favourite Dickens novel. Chockful of funny stories, warm affection and a glimpse of all walks of life of those times.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dan Cunningham

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Taylor

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Grossman

  16. 5 out of 5

    marlene schowegerdt

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ward

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Bernard

  20. 4 out of 5

    graham brown

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Franklin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rex

  24. 4 out of 5

    David

  25. 5 out of 5

    rowena turner

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yogesh Kumar Sahu

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barry Kemp

  28. 4 out of 5

    David C Clark

  29. 5 out of 5

    W.C. Clinton

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

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