Monday, August 26, 2013

Review Pickwick Papers Chapters 37-42

A surprisingly large amount of things to cover.  Mr. Pickwick sends Sam Weller to find Mr. Winkle and tell him to stop being a coward. In turn Mr. Winkle finds Miss Allen to prevent her from marrying one of those no good medical students. Well, it's not as noble as that it's really Mr. Winkle who wants to marry Miss Allen.
Mr. Pickwick insists on helping Mr. Winkle. And then we change to Mr. Pickwick going to debtors prison. Quite a place to say the least. I sort of admire Mr. Pickwick for taking a stand and refusing to pay the money from the frivolous lawsuit of Mrs. Bardell. I also realize that this gives Dickens to give us a chance to see how horrible debtor's prison in. However, I also can't help but agree with Sam Weller and view this whole thing as being a little ridiculous and unnecessary at least for Mr.Pickwick.

Overall nice plot movement. I forgot to tell you the most important thing, Mr. Jingle has shown up once again to take advantage of Mr. Pickwick. Well Mr. Pickwick let's himself be taken advantage of.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pickwick Papers Chapters 40-42

I will do a double update. I'm a little anxious for Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Winkle.

Dear valued subscribers,

Enclosed, please find chapters 40-42 of Mr. Dickens's Pickwick Papers.  Your next issue should arrive on August 30th, to include chapters 43-45.

God Save the Queen.  They say she's a healthy one, may be with us for a while.

Best regards,

A.B. Ysmal

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pickwick Papers Chapters 37-39

Yay, Queen Victoria takes the throne. Doesn't make up for the subscription being late though.

Dear valued subscribers,

Enclosed, please find chapters 37-39 of Mr. Dickens's Pickwick Papers.  Your next issue should arrive on August 20th, to include chapters 40-42. 

We're hoping future correspondence will be enhanced by a contraption recently patented by one of your people, a Mr. Morse.

God Save Our New Queen,
A.B. Ysmal

Friday, August 9, 2013

Review Pickwick Papers Chapters 34-36

Victorian Web

We start off with the trail of Pickwick vs. Bardell. A travesty of justice to be sure. Mr. Pickwick refuses to pay the fine and travels down to Bath to avoid the law. Bath of course being where all fashionable people have gone at least since Jane Austen's time. We also get the real story of the founding of Bath.

Thinking about Jane Austen while reading the Bath chapters, it seemed high time to try to place Dickens within the timeline of other authors I've read. I admire and like the film Citizen Kane quite a bit and I know part of the reason is that I know how important it was in film history because of the innovations in cinematography it brought. So I thought maybe if I placed Dickens in history I would appreciate him more and stop wishing I was reading Balzac or Twain.

This didn't work. He was a contemporary of Balzac who published two of his big novels before Pickwick Papers came out. He was influenced by Fielding and Sterne. I prefer both over Dickens. I am not disliking the book. I think it is good that I'm reading it in small bits but I like it. I think I'm just failing to see why Dickens is considered a literary giant. Well except for that whole inventing modern Christmas thing.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 34-36

Finally my favorite city is born.

Well, it probably didn't look like that at the time of the Pickwick Papers.

Dear valued subscribers,

Enclosed, please find chapters 34-36 of Mr. Dickens's Pickwick Papers.  Your next issue should arrive on August 10th, to include chapters 37-39. 

We hear you've got a new city.  Chicago, it's called?  Sausage enthusiasts rejoice!

Best regards,
A.B. Ysmal