Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit While writing Martin Chuzzlewit his sixth novel Dickens declared it immeasurably the best of my stories He was already famous as the author of The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist Set partly in Americ

  • Title: Martin Chuzzlewit
  • Author: Charles Dickens Patricia Ingham Hablot Knight Browne
  • ISBN: 9780140436143
  • Page: 469
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  • While writing Martin Chuzzlewit his sixth novel Dickens declared it immeasurably the best of my stories He was already famous as the author of The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist Set partly in America, which Dickens had visited in 1842, the novel includes a searing satire on the United States Martin Chuzzlewit is the story of two Chuzzlewits, Martin and Jonas, wWhile writing Martin Chuzzlewit his sixth novel Dickens declared it immeasurably the best of my stories He was already famous as the author of The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist Set partly in America, which Dickens had visited in 1842, the novel includes a searing satire on the United States Martin Chuzzlewit is the story of two Chuzzlewits, Martin and Jonas, who have inherited the characteristic Chuzzlewit selfishness It contrasts their diverse fates of moral redemption and worldly success for one, with increasingly desperate crime for the other This powerful black comedy involves hypocrisy, greed and blackmail, as well as the most famous of Dickens s grotesques, Mrs Gamp.

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    • Charles Dickens Patricia Ingham Hablot Knight Browne

      Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

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    • Letter from the ‘umble Reader to the ‘onourable Master Dickens! Part One, - which expresses slight confusion regarding the title of this chef d’oeuvre, Martin Chuzzlewit!My dear Dickens! Despite the fact that there is not just one, but two important main characters called Martin Chuzzlewit, it seems to me that they are not deserving of the title, all things considered. The editors obviously knew that when they printed the Wordsworth Classics edition, as they put a portrait of the infamous [...]


    • Martin Chuzzlewit, or “the American one”, as fans of Dickens often refer to it, is “The Inimitable”’s sixth novel, written and published in twenty monthly parts between January 1843 to July 1844, when its author was between 30 and 32. It is a typical Dickensian romp of a ride, with thrills, passion, savage mockery, suspense - and flashes of absurd humour amidst the despair. The novel lunges between hyperbole and whimsy, switching at a moment’s notice, and it contains some of Dickens [...]


    • This may be Dickens' most underrated book. It's right in the middle of what I like to call his forgotten period which is made up of three books, written consecutively, which I think are commonly ignored; Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, and Dombey and Son. This novel is interesting because a lot of it actually takes place in America, as opposed to England. It's written from Dickens' personal voyage to the States in the months prior to writing this novel. And guys, oh my god, Dickens rips the sh [...]


    • Clipped Review:Brill. Dickensian. Not ne plus ultra but close enough. More complex villains and heroes than precedents. Sublimely comic, including one hilarious scene of begging and bitching Chuzzlewits desperate for the old man’s loot. Best name: Sweedlepipe. Messy, sprawling and less structured in parts. Especially the last 40pp. But divine all the same.A Pecksniffian Digression:I work part-time at a homeless shelter and I always recommend Dickens as a panacea to ail the suffering hearts of [...]


    • This is the one where Dickens saw that the monthly sales figures were on the slide (it was published in parts, as all his novels were) and so he scrapped the entire plot he was intending to use for the rest of it and packed the hero off to America, because in 1843 America was the sexy hot topic of the day. If CD was around now, and saw the same disappointing sales figures, you'd have seen young Chuzzlewit in a gangnam style youtube video quicker than you could say "But Charles, you're supposed t [...]


    • The Best of Boz and the Worst of BozMartin Chuzzlewit, which was published between 1843 and 1844 in monthly instalments and can be regarded as Dickens’s last excursion into the genre of picaresque writing – his next major novel, Dombey and Son would not see its first instalment before October 1846 and was much more carefully planned –, witnessed a further waning of the star of Dickens’s popularity as a writer, a development that had already started with its forerunner Barnaby Rudge. Dick [...]


    • Reread. Martin Chuzzlewit is one of my favourite Dickenses; I love (and invariably start rereading at) the part where Martin falls ill in an American swamp and becomes a better person. Also I adore Mark Tapley.Things I noticed about the book that I hadn't noticed before:1. Gosh, that's a lot of vitriol against America. I am touched by Dickens's postscript, in which he takes pains to emphasise how great Americans were on his second trip there, and which he says "so long as my descendants have any [...]


    • At the time of writing Dickens was convinced that Martin Chuzzlewit was his best book (amongst the lesser works which preceded it were such mediocre tomes as the Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby). Unfortunately the Victorian public did not agree with him, and its reputation as a minor work continues to this day.Having re-read it now for the first time in fifteen years, I can see both why Dickens esteemed it so and why others regard it less fondly. This is a novel which really [...]


    • Reading (or in this case listening to) Dickens novels is like admiring one of those delightful handmade, patchwork quilts. They are built of a wide variety of patterns and colours of cloth, some pieces garish some more subdued, some represented by single squares, others provide a repeated pattern that runs across the finished whole. Taken in isolation some pieces are very attractive in themselves, some would be hideous seen on their own; but, when taken as a completed and finished piece, it can [...]


    • This book has been a journey, not all of it easy. There were times when the road was smooth, and times when it was full of potholes. Happily there were many instances that produced tears of laughter - Mark Tapley on being jolly (pp60-63); Mr. Tigg's pocket-handkerchief (p97); Truth in the throat of Mr. Scadder (P303); Moddle on the charmed life of some men (p599) - this was inspired by his engagement to the lovely Charity Pecksniff, the ''sweet child'' was overawed by his singular good fortune; [...]


    • 1. Dickens rambled and rambled for 35 pages before he finally introduced a character. Plus the book didn't get interesting until page 200 and something. But if you are reading this right now, try getting there. You'll find out that the novel you are currently holding in your hand is truly one of Dickens's finest. It's witty. It's sarcastic, it's ironic. It's sardonic. At times, Boz could be unmerciful, especially when he wrote about the Yanks.2. Halfway through the book I said to myself, boy, al [...]


    • I didn't expect to like this book very much. It is almost unknown, it is an earlier book, and it has a section savagely satirizing Americans. I was, therefore, quite surprised to find myself really enjoying it and picking it up whenever possible, especially toward the end which had a lot of surprising twists. It really struck me as a bridging work between the "road trip" early novels where the protagonist doesn't change much and the later, greater works which are greatly satisfying as complete s [...]


    • Well, it took me over seven months, but I'm finally done with you, Martin. Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors. I've read and loved many of his novels, most recently A Tale of Two Cities. For me, then, a "bad" Dickens novel is still a good book. My two biggest problems with this one in particular are the length and the abundance of deplorable characters. David Copperfield and Little Dorrit are both 1,000-page novels, yet neither of them felt it to me. This book felt every one of its ei [...]


    • What a marathon! I have just finished listening to this as an Audible book, read by Frederick Davidson, who does a superb job. It clocks in at over 35 hours of listening, and I have to say that I thought there was a fair amount of padding in there. Not surprising given that Dickens was writing it as a serial and was no doubt paid by the yard. There were some great descriptions of the countryside gradually becoming the city as one of the characters rode in a coach towards London, and another of a [...]


    • Martin Chuzzlewitt, Charles Dickens’ seventh novel, marks the turning point in this great novelist’s career. The last of his picaresque adventures, it slowly transforms itself into a grand narrative, with themes and motifs underscoring and accentuating Dickens’ prose. Dombey and Son, his next novel – like all those that come after it – is intricately plotted: it is the lessons learnt writing this work that pave the way.Like Barnaby Rudge before it, Martin Chuzzlewitt is not about Marti [...]


    • Reread May 2015. Always in need of a little jollity from Mark Tapley, goodness from Thomas Pinch, and a little of the willingness to change for the better from the Martins, young and old. ---Rereading December 2012. In need of some Mark Tapley-type inspiration.---Martin the Elder. I love you for your change of heart and the ability to still SEE despite your age and your proclivities. Martin the Younger. I honor you also for being perceptive enough to SEE worth and CHANGE.John Westlock. You are a [...]


    • Whoever has ever read works of Charles Dickens could well imagine that his creative genius could never be fettered in Victorian England or even revolutionary France (Tale of Two Cities). In the monumental, yet (in my opinion) underrated and lesser known story of The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, his characters have spread their wings and traveled across the Atlantic to the bustling pre-Civil War United States. I found it not surprising but very refreshing to witness his obvious abhor [...]


    • Mr. Pecksniff's oily hypocrisy and self-serving behavior know no earthly bounds. Oh, but isn't he a joy to poke fun of. "Martin Chuzzlewit" is a darkly humoresque social commentary on the sort of contagious greed that always seems to surface in particular circumstances - in this case, the declining health of an elderly, and childless, wealthy relative. Who will get to inherit his fortune? Between the rather unsavory lot of family members, which include the aforementioned Pecksniff and his two un [...]


    • This is a good example of why Dickens continues to give satisfaction and pleasure to lots of readers, even though his wordy narrative, his deus ex machina plots and his moral lessons are frequently considered outdated by the sophisticated literary public.His secret is infinite love and compassion for all but the most evil of his characters. He is prepared to understand and forgive anyone who realizes that forgiveness is needed, and asks the readers to forgive with him, too.P.S. Why the *#$@ isn' [...]


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    • After the abysmal "Barnaby Rudge" and the laughable "Old Curiosity Shop", Dickens comes into his own as the hilarious and touching chronicler of that unflappably absurd animal, Us.There's a lot to praise here, and people jerk-off academically to novels like this, so I'll just hit on a few salient points that should draw you in:1) The main character, if there can rightly be said to be one, is the villain.That's right. Dickens' most adept and cretinous character, Seth Pecksniff, sort of an uber- o [...]


    • To me, this is the soft spot of Dickens's writing. It is sprawling, which is fine, but it is messy. It has some interesting characters, but too often they serve little purpose or function. The one character exception is Pecksniff who creates both humour and ire in the reader, but his presence becomes annoying and I did not beg Dickens for more. The American adventures of Martin junior and Mark Tapley were painful to read. When Dickens titles a book after a character such as David Copperfield or [...]


    • I love how Dickens gives us a protagonist who is clearly weak, or insipid, boring even, and then surrounds him with a sparkling cast of vile deceivers and eccentric charmers. To me, Tom Pinch is the sure-fire central character here, with Mark Tapley vying for attention - certainly one of Dicken's more delightful creations. Martin's character grows, but he is never the hero - and I get a kick out of that off-center way of telling a story. Wasn't so fond of the American parts, although I understan [...]


    • Found this book annoying, all right already Mr Dickens, you are an amazing writer and observer of human nature, and funny, but this book left me cold, characters are good or evil, I didn't care about any of them. Maybe this is a lesser known Dickens novel for a good reason?!?


    • Dopo avergliene dette peste e corna per un buon terzo del romanzo, nella postfazione che per sua espressa volontà deve suggellare ogni edizione del Chuzzlewit, il buon Charley cerca la tardiva riappacificazione con l'America e gli americani.Ma non ci casca nessuno, vecchio marpione.


    • Dickens scrisse a Forster che questo era senz’altro il miglior romanzo che avesse mai scritto. E forse è vero, o comunque rimane nel novero di quelli meglio riuscitigli. Fin dall’inizio i suoi personaggi principali ci vengono presentati con ricchissima ironia, taluni con pieno sarcasmo, scoprendo apertamente il tono ferocemente satirico della storia che non è solo un feroce attacco alla società vittoriana, che Dickens sa destinato a scomparire, ma soprattutto a quello di un mondo in rapid [...]


    • Comin' to AmericaOld Martin Chuzzlewit's greedy relations have always assumed that his grandson and namesake will inherit the bulk of his wealth. But when young Martin falls in love without his grandfather's consent, the subsequent breach between them leaves the way open for all the rest to try to flatter, sneak or threaten their way into old Martin's good graces. Meantime young Martin must make his own way in the world, a hard lesson for a young man who has never given much thought for anything [...]


    • This book is supposedly the bridge into his Later, Great Ones, but how can anything be better than this? I came to it when I realized I didn't know what the meaning of Pecksniff was (one of the many Dickens character names that have have become adjectives; now THERE'S a writer's dream.) Hypocrite. Okay. Then read a piece by Dwight Garner about his his wife likes walking the dog while listening to recorded bookson her cellphone. Tried it, with MARTIN C. That didn't work too well, but the abridged [...]


    • I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I loved some of the characters, others I hated.One thing that stands out to me is that Dickens lets his characters grow. And he paints them in such a detailed way that I can completely see them. Their failings, virtues and idiosyncrasies.My Favorite characters are Mercy, Chummy and Tom Pinch. I also like old Martin Chuzzlewit along with his granddaughter. (I think she was his granddaughter). I detested young Martin Chuzzlewit, he was so bitter! he [...]


    • I was expecting this to be weaker than the previous novels, apart from Barnaby Rudge, which I have been reading in order. Much to my surprise, I thought this was really first-rate. As with The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge, there is almost a separate movement in the middle - Little Nell's wanderings with her grandfather, the London riots, and here the American interlude. I thought this interlude was both interesting in itself, and the period in which our hero learnt to be a mensch, so ent [...]


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