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The Pickwick Papers (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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NOVEMBER 2013

In Charles Dickens’  first (and, I find, most endearing) book, we follow
the  ludicrous Mr. Pickwick and friends as they ramble  about England
to “observe things” for the club that they are a part of.  Along the way
they meet up  with the quintessential Dickensian array of insane
characters. The format of  having them wandering about without a clear
purpose besides observation really gives Dickens the chance to stretch
his legs comedically. hilarious, even for Dicken, though it is equally
wise. I would not recommend it on that basis alone. It contains some of
his best social commentary, a thing which he became well known for,
mocking a decadent aristocratic class that is just a blown up version of
those we see today.

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— ben

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In 1836 the 23-year-old Dickens was invited by his publishers to write a monthly something' illustrated by sporting plates. Thus the Pickwick Club was born: its supposed papers' soom outgrew their origins and became a brilliantly comic novel, still among Dicken's most popular works.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199536245
ISBN-10: 0199536244
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: July 1st, 2008
Pages: 740
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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