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