The Pickwick Papers (Penguin English Library)

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9780141199108: The Pickwick Papers (Penguin English Library)

The Penguin English Library Edition of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

'The fat boy rose, opened his eyes, swallowed the huge piece of pie he had been in the act of masticating when he last fell asleep, and slowly obeyed his master's orders'

Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers. Readers were immediately captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtor's prison, characters and incidents sprang to life from Dickens's pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour and literary invention.

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Paperback. Pub Date :2012-12-06 Pages: 992 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books The Penguin English Library Edition of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.The fat boy rose. opened his eyes. swallowed the huge piece of pie he had been in the act of masticating when he last fell asleep. and slowly obeyed his masters ordersFew first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers. Readers were immediately captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass. the lover Tupman. the sportsman Winkle and. above all. by that quintessentially English Quixote. Mr Pickwick. and his cockney Sancho Panza. Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election. via the Fleet debtors prison. characters and incidents sprang to life from Dickenss pen. to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour a...

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"Dickens was one of the greatest writers of English...unforgettable characters. I was lying in hospital one time and I thought I'd never laugh again but this book changed that" (Simon Callow)

"My father, who left school at 15, was a Dickens enthusiast, and encouraged me to read his books when I was a boy. My favourite was The Pickwick Papers and every Christmas Eve, for several years, I used to reread the chapters about Christmas at Dingley Dell as a ritualistic preparation for the eagerly awaited holiday" (David Lodge Guardian)

"Dickens writes as though he were talking to us after dinner, in turns funny, bitter, eloquent, and sad" (John Mortimer Daily Mail)

"If I must choose only one Dickens then it's his first novel. It's wonderfully funny, kind and good-natured - just like dear Mr Pickwick himself" (Edwina Currie)

"I was instantly swept up in Dickens' exploding world of eccentrics and grotesques, at the heart of which a hige affection for mankind" (Simon Callow Good Housekeeping)

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