Two cousins are born and bred to a heritage of selfishness. Yet their destinies could not be more different.
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At The Center of Martin Chuzzlewit -- the novel Angus Wilson called "one of the most sheerly exciting of all Dickens stories" -- is Martin himself, very old, very rich, very much on his guard. What he suspects (with good reason) is that every one of Iris close and distant relations. now converging in droves on the country inn where they believe he is dying, will stop at nothing to become the inheritor of Iris great fortune.
Having unjustly disinherited Iris grandson, young Martin, the old fellow now trusts no one but Mary Graham, the pretty girl hired as Iris companion. Though she has been made to understand she will not inherit a penny, she remains old Chuzzlewit's only ally. As the viperish relations and hangers-on close in on him, we meet some of Dickens's most marvelous characters -- among them Mr. Pecksniff (whose name has entered the language as a synonym for ultimate hypocrisy and self-importance); the fabulously evil Jonas Chuzzlewit; the strutting reptile Tigg Montague; and the ridiculous, terrible, comical Sairey Gamp.
Reluctantly heading for America in search of opportunity, the penniless young Martin goes west, rides a riverboat, and is overtaken by bad company and mortal danger -- while the battle for his grandfather's gold reveals new depths of family treachery, cunning, and ruthlessness. And in scene after wonderful scene of conflict and suspense, of high excitement and fierce and hilarious satire, Dickens's huge saga of greed versus decency comes to its magnificent climax.
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Book Description Penguin Audio books, England / USA, 1995. Audio Book (Cassette). Book Condition: New. First Audio. 1995 Audio Book on Tape Set, 2 tapes . STILL SEALED in original case in original publisher's shrinkwrap . BRAND NEW from 1995 publisher . Never opened, Never owned, Never played . Gift Giving quality . running time approximately 5 1/2 hours abridged . read by actor John Wells . Front cover shows a detail from painting 'The Manchester to Liverpool Mail Coach Passing Whittington College, Highgate' , by James Pollard . Martin Chuzzlewit - The classic Charles Dickens comedic story of an inherit ance . it relates the contrasting destinies of two descendants of the brothers Chuzzlewit, both born & bred to the same heritage of selfishness . showing how one . Martin . by good fortune escapes . & how the other, Jonas, does not . . only to reap a fatal harvest . Peopled with such Dickens immortals as Mrs. Gamp, Poll Sweedlepipe , Montague Tigg, Chevy Slyme . it is one of his great comic masterpieces . Abridged by Ed Thomason & produced by Stuart Owen . John Wells, actor, writer & director was also a founder of Private Eye . He has translated & written several plays including Anyone For Denis ? . His television work includes Yes, Prime Minister, Lovejoy & Absolutely Fabulous . " Martin Chuzzlewit " . by Charles Dickens . read by John Wells . Brand New Gift Giving condition . *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely Worldwide, since 1965 ***. Bookseller Inventory # 705
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