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The Pickwick Papers
The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens's satirical masterpiece, "The Pickwick Papers," catapulted the young writer into literary fame when it was first serialized in 1836-37. It recounts the rollicking adventures of the members of the Pickwick Club as they travel about England getting into all sorts of mischief. Laugh-out-loud funny and endlessly entertaining, the book also reveals Dickens's burgeoning interest in the parliamentary system, lawyers, the Poor Laws, and the ills of debtors' prisons. As G. K. Chesterton noted, "Before ?Dickens ? wrote a single real story, he had a kind of vision . . . a map full of fantastic towns, thundering coaches, clamorous market-places, uproarious inns, strange and swaggering figures. That vision was Pickwick."
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quietjenn
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Finished Pickwick tonight and am entirely pleased with it. What a satisfying book and what a good egg was Mr. Pickwick. I so enjoyed sharing in his adventures and am already looking forward to my next Dickens. #whatthedickens

EvieBee Yay! What an accomplishment! 💕💕 3w
merelybookish Good work! 3w
LeahBergen This is one I‘ve always been meaning to read. 🙄 3w
Lcsmcat Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I laughed so hard!! 3w
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BarkingMadRun
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October Reads. I did finish the Decorating Club in October as well.

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BarkingMadRun
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Done! That was fabulous, I just love me some Dickens! #whatthedickens #happilyeverafter it doesn‘t help much with #scarathlon2021 lol but it was a nice long book that earned me lots of reading hours! #teamhendrix @StayCurious @Clwojick @Lcsmcat thanks for reading along with me! Looking forward to the next one!

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Lcsmcat
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And they all lived happily ever after - even Job Trotter! I thoroughly enjoyed this early Dickens. His humor shines through and you can see the themes that are to occupy his pen for years. Thanks for the inspiration @Cuilin and all the #whatthedickens readers. Especially @BarkingMadRun for keeping me company through the world of Pickwickians.

Linsy I need to try! They mention it in Little Women and I've always been curious, but I've never read longer than a short story by Dickens! I'm a bit nervous. 1mo
Lcsmcat @Linsy This might be a good one to try, as it‘s fairly short chapters, each of which is almost a short story. If it were written today I could see it being described as “linked short stories.” 1mo
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Lcsmcat
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#whatthedickens @Cuilin @BarkingMadRun I‘m at 95%. I think I‘ll finish it over the weekend.

BarkingMadRun I‘ll likely finish by Monday, I‘m so close! 1mo
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Lcsmcat
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Chapter 51, and we‘re back to “blue v. buff” and the rival editors! #whatthedickens @BarkingMadRun @Cuilin

BarkingMadRun I‘m almost there! 2mo
Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun I lost count of where a chapter a day would be and just decided to keep reading. 🙂 2mo
BarkingMadRun Works for me!! 2mo
quietjenn Ah, I'm so far behind you all. But you definitely whet my appetite with your posts! 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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I may be reading ahead, but I‘m desperate to get Mr. Pickwick out of debtors‘ prison! #whatthedickens

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jpj7474
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I enjoy Dickens generally speaking. Found this novel hard to get engrossed in. Of course the prose & vocabulary are difficult to slog through. The meandering disjointed stories are hard to follow as well.

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Lcsmcat
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I‘ve read a lot of Dickens, but this is my first time for Pickwick, and I‘m getting the feeling he was exploring many of the themes he would expound on in later novels. I‘m getting heavy Bleak House vibes in this section, where Pickwick is in the law courts! #whatthedickens @BarkingMadRun @quietjenn

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quietjenn
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I'm not entirely sure that #whatthedickens is still a going concern - and if so I am pretty belated in starting (September had a lot going on!). But! I have matter a tiny dent into Pickwick this weekend. I still can't keep the companions straight, but am finding it very funny.

Lcsmcat I think @BarkingMadRun and I are the only ones reading Pickwick right now. And we‘re being very casual about it! So jump in whenever and however you like. I don‘t know what‘s happening with @Cuilin , but I haven‘t seen her in Litsy in a while. 2mo
BarkingMadRun I‘m reading a chapter a day, and I‘m currently caught up. It definitely gets a little easier to keep them apart as you go on! 2mo
quietjenn @Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun good to know! I‘ve been making pretty good progress, so not quite caught up but getting there. And it is getting easier 😀 2mo
Lcsmcat @quietjenn @BarkingMadRun I was aiming for a chapter a day, but have gone at it in fits and starts. I think I‘m 2 chapters ahead now, but it won‘t last. 😀 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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This chapter resonates with today‘s politics- substitute blue and red for blue and buff. But I‘m most amused by the thought of a band comprised of trumpets, drums, and bassoons! #whatthedickens @Cuilin @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRun Omg I‘m reading that right now and I was thinking the same thing! (edited) 3mo
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Lcsmcat
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Dickens gets humans. And he‘s making me wish I had an illustrated edition of this one! #whatthedickens @Cuilin

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Lcsmcat
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My reading goals for September. Already in progress are the Dickens for #whatthedickens, Wharton for #whartonbuddyread, Shakespeare for #shakespearereadalong and the Smiley for my irl book club. The Allison is my #bookspin and Roth my #doublespin, and the Undset for #kristinl. The Hoffma is for #authoramonth, and also needs to be read. Right before the lockdown in March 2020 it was loaned to me by a woman I sang with in church choir. 👇🏻

Lcsmcat 👆🏻since choral singing is a super spreader activity, I haven‘t seen her since. But maybe if I go ahead and read it this thing will be over and we can get back to normal. Sorry guys - I should have read it right away. 😂 3mo
LitStephanie 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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Lcsmcat
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So happy to be back with my first favorite author and the #whatthedickens crew! Happy September. 🙂 @Cuilin

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BarkingMadRun
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#whatthedickens starting this one today!!

Lcsmcat So are we the only two reading this now? 3mo
Lcsmcat I‘m behind, but I‘m enjoying it. I hope you are too. 3mo
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rabbitprincess
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“There are very few moments in a man‘s existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat.”

KVanRead Too true! 6mo
rabbitprincess @KVanRead It‘s why I sewed ribbon ties onto my wide-brimmed straw hat, so that it wouldn‘t fly off embarrassingly 😂 6mo
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kristenm
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I‘m going to try and record all of my reads this year here since my blog is just not happening at the moment. First finished was THE PICKWICK PAPERS and, past the worst first chapter of any book I have ever read, was an interesting collection of stories within stories with lots of humor, some sadness, and a bit of good old Dickens moralizing about the poor. I‘m glad I finally got to this one!

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Ms_T
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Not my favourite story by Dickens but a worthwhile listen as the narrator really brought life to the characters. This story was originally serialised and that‘s apparent, as each chapter is a different adventure for the main players. Some chapters were a tad rambling and I found my attention wandering, but the inimitable Alfred Jingle brought me right back every time he made an appearance. A wonderful character! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ms_T
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I can‘t resist today‘s #AudibleDailyDeal. I‘ve only read two Dickens‘ books (A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations) but found them both to be delightful. It‘s time to immerse myself into his world of satire again.

#Audible

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Pip2
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Just completed The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens first novel. Not my favorite amongst Dickens‘ novels. It is his first though written at the age of 24 in 1836, and Queen Victoria was found laughing off her chair while reading this. Has a English Don Quixote vibe of going on multiple adventures throughout England.

Dostoyes I‘ve been reading it and watching the BBC miniseries from the 80s alongside - it‘s been fun to see it come to life 2y
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Auntynanny
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This was an enjoyable, rambling story.

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saresmoore
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I had to share a sample of the incredible illustrations by Charles Keeping. Such a gorgeous book!

LeahBergen Great illustrations! 3y
Sarah83 Looking great. 😍 Anyway you need to send me your new address. 😍 Do you have my new email address? 3y
saresmoore @Sarah83 I‘m not sure if I have your new email address. You can just email me at saraesmoore @ gmail.com if that works. 😊 3y
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Sarah83 @saresmoore really like that? Or saresmoore? 😘 3y
saresmoore @Sarah83 Yes, e-mail is with the extra “a”. I just shortened it for Litsy. ♥️ 3y
readordierachel Those are very cool! 3y
Sarah83 Ah. I was only wondering. 😍 I just sent you an email. 3y
Moray_Reads I always think Keeping's illustrations really capture Dickens, I have several from this series 2y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I agree. There‘s something almost macabre about them, but they‘re also lively. Evokes the same kind of feelings I get when I read Dickens. 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore even though the style is quite modern it captures the sly, puckish side of the most Dickensian of Dickens's characters Dodger, Uriah Heep, Krook 2y
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saresmoore
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Moray, I would say, “you shouldn‘t have,” but I‘m so grateful you did! What a lovely vintage Folio of a Dickens I‘ve yet to read! Thank you, my friend, for this beautiful, generous gift and for sharing your love of books with me. ♥️♥️♥️

GrilledCheeseSamurai Niiiice! 😍 3y
Branwen It's so beautiful! 😍 3y
Moray_Reads I'm so glad it got there... Even if that's not the actual book I ordered! 😂😳 3y
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TrishB Lovely 💕 3y
LeahBergen Ooo, pretty! Wait... you ordered a different book, @Moray_Reads ? 😮 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Really?? That is so funny! 3y
batsy Oooh, how lovely! 💕 3y
mhslibrarylady I love those slip covers. I have a collection of Folios but haven‘t bought any for a few years. 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen @saresmoore No, I ordered Wives and Daughters! I wonder what went wrong 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Haha! They were way off! It‘s still a lovely gift. ♥️ 3y
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#QuotsyApr19 Day 27: I didn‘t know of “Ode to an Expiring #Frog “ - one of the few Dickens novels I haven‘t read yet.

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ReclusiveHermit
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No other author than charles dickens would had made this 900 pages of behemoth novel such hilariously playful. While containing no plot but authentic narration, The Pickwick Papers is full of wittiness. P.s- I hearby announce myself as a pickwikian. #Charlesdickens

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
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Hope_a Welcome to Litsy. Hope you will enjoy it here. ☀️ 3y
ReclusiveHermit @Hope_a Thank you😊 3y
AlwaysForeverReading Welcome to Litsy!!📚📖💜💛💙 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 3y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
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catiewithac
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Thank you @Book_Lust for the sweet package! It contains all my favorite things: Dickens, coffee, and caramel! I am thankful for your kindness! ☕️

@JamieLou thank you for hosting this fun swap! #thankfulforbooksswap #thankfulforbooks 📚

JamieLou Yay! 🥳🦃😍 3y
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TK-421
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“It is the fate of most men who mingle with the world, and attain even the prime of life, to make many real friends, and lose them in the course of nature. It is the fate of all authors or chroniclers to create imaginary friends, and lose them in the course of art. Nor is this the full extent of their misfortunes; for they are required to furnish an account of them besides.” #Author #QuotsyNov18

GripLitGrl ❤❤❤ 3y
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balletbookworm
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A rather delightful, slice-of-life look at the peregrinations of one middle-aged, benevolent-if-slightly-daft, bachelor Mr Pickwick and his three younger but similarly inclined friends. Dickens provides a window - comical as it is - to how people spent their leisure time, drinking punch and telling stories to complete strangers in the roadside inn dining room. The story really picks up around Chapter 10 with the introduction of Mr. Samuel Weller.

balletbookworm Sam is the always affable but streetwise and loyal valet to Mr Pickwick (the antics of Mr. Weller Sr and his troubles when his wife “gets religion” with the Methodists are also a delight). #teamSamuelWeller (I am also convinced that Sam Weller is Tolkien‘s inspiration for the loyal Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings.)

I did this partly in print and partly on audio.
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catiewithac Are you doing a Dickens read-a-thon??? 4y
balletbookworm Nope, that was just the stack from the shelf 4y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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Perhaps my prettiest...

ladym30 Beautiful! 4y
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Mammaletterario
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I love these illustrated little pocket editions!!! And they‘re even more beautiful without their sleeves! Liking this book so far!

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Varleydj
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More Pickwick...

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Varleydj
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Lots to love about The Pickwick Papers

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toofondofbooks
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I have read a lot if Dickens and love him. I loved this too but it is different than his other novels and I don't recommend you start with this one if you want to read Dickens. It is filled with fantastic characters and wonderful stories of Mr. Pickwick and his adventures but it is also clear that it was originally published in serial format, which is how I suggest reading it 😊

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toofondofbooks
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My cat Luna is kind of ridiculously spoiled. #catsoflitsy

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Kristelh
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#samuelpickwick #dickensiandecember haven‘t read this one.

Suelizbeth The Pickwick Papers are laugh aloud funny!! 4y
KVanRead It‘s really good. I love Sam Weller. 4y
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Moray_Reads
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And what did I discover during my trip to Lucerne? A #SamuelPickwick hotel! #DickensianDecember

LeahBergen Fun! Did you go into the pub? 4y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I didn't. I always think it's strange to go to a foreign country and then visit a "home" themed attraction ? 4y
LeahBergen Haha! True. I always think that about chain restaurants and such. 4y
youneverarrived I just passed this today! 4y
KVanRead My husband and I ate at a Pickwick Pub in Stowe, Vermont on our first anniversary :) 4y
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KVanRead
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Just discovered the #DickensianDecember challenge and I‘m so excited! Thank you @jenniferw88 for this great idea. And for #SamuelPickwick I just happen to have snapped this picture of his statue at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2 weeks ago. Doesn‘t he look festive?

LeahBergen The Great Dickens Christmas Fair?? That sounds amazing! 4y
sarahbellum I‘m going to the fair this Saturday and I can‘t wait! 4y
KVanRead @LeahBergen It is! We go every year on ‘Black Friday‘ 4y
KVanRead @sarahbellum Oh that‘s great. Have fun! It‘s as fabulous as ever. I especially enjoyed the events at The Adventurers Club. 4y
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Lcsmcat
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I just discovered that Debussy wrote a Prelude in honor of #SamuelPickwick. #dickensianDecember #whenfavoritescollide @jenniferw88

KVanRead Oh wow! I love this! 4y
tournevis Just went to take a listen. Interesting. Not his best piece by any means, but there you go: Fanart! 4y
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toofondofbooks
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It's been a great, lazy Sunday afternoon. Albus concurs. 😊

#catsoflitsy

RaimeyGallant That looks like my Posie! 4y
JenReadsAlot And my Cosmo! 4y
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Gina
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That's frightening...

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Peterfox123
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Staying in a hotel which first saw life as a monastery in the 1300s, then became a manor house and later an inn. We're in the room where Charles Dickens wrote some of the Pickwick Papers. Comfy four poster bed. I could even be inspired to work on my first novel, "Bart Spargleberg: Gnome Detective".

saresmoore I would absolutely read that book. I‘ve always liked gnomes. Sweet digs, too! 4y
Peterfox123 @saresmoore Thank you. A first edition signed copy shall be yours. 4y
Ms_T I‘d buy that. (I probably wouldn‘t actually.) 4y
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julesG 😀 I might buy that, especially when the dwarves have cute beards. 4y
julesG Gnomes! 4y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T You'll be all over me like a rash when "Spargleberg" gets me the Booker Prize and I'll be all like "No invite to the ceremony for YOU, so there." Who's sorry now? Or then. Whevs. 4y
Peterfox123 @julesG Bart has a fine beard. (I just decided that now.) 4y
Ms_T @Peterfox123 *Pats silly head* 4y
DivineDiana Fascinating! Would love to stay there! 4y
Peterfox123 @DivineDiana It's an amazing building and a great place to stay. Having to mind my head on the door to the bathroom - can't be more than 5'6" high. ? 4y
kspenmoll What a wonderful experience! 4y
Peterfox123 @kspenmoll Makes a change from a Travelodge or a Premier Inn! 4y
LauraBrook I would read the heck out of your gnome detective book! 4y
Peterfox123 @LauraBrook Yay! That's a signed copy for you too! 4y
Suet624 Wow! Fantastic! 4y
tpixie have fun exploring! Love your book title. 😛😜 4y
Peterfox123 @tpixie Thank you! 😊 4y
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casvelyn
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Well alrighty then.

Lcsmcat I love Dickens‘ chapter titles! 2mo
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casvelyn
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September reads, including my first book from the 1830s ever.

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KVanRead
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While lacking the suspense, drama, and intensity of some of his later works, Dickens' first novel is an often delightful and fascinating way to time travel through all walks of life in Victorian England. He turns a sometimes comic but also unflinching eye not just on private society but on the politics, courts, press, prisons and professions of the day with some surprising and sad parallels to today. Enjoyed seeing his immense talent emerge!

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KVanRead
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"...and books out of number..." Yes, please! Mr. Pickwick's study sounds divine! ?❤️?

Zelma Yes please! 4y
KVanRead @Zelma Here's hoping someday maybe!🤞 4y
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KVanRead
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So we've all agreed the media has never been nastier or more polarized, right??? Um, well, seems it's been like that since Dickens day...and this scene ends up in a full on brawl between the two newspapermen!

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Lcsmcat
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Just a sampling of the #crazychapterheadings in Dickens' work! #splashintosummerreads @Tiffy_Reads