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American Notes | [Charles Dickens]

American Notes

Charles Dickens made the first of 3 trips to the United States in 1842, when he was 30 and already famous, having written several novels including The Pickwick Papers. This book begins dockside in London and recounts his escapades throughout his journey in a witty and conversational style, with his characteristic irreverence. This work will make Americans acknowledge the debt owed by Twain, Mencken, and others to Dickens, the foremost man of letters of his day.
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Charles Dickens made the first of 3 trips to the United States in 1842, when he was 30 and already famous, having written several novels including The Pickwick Papers. This book begins dockside in London and recounts his escapades throughout his journey in a witty and conversational style, with his characteristic irreverence. This work will make Americans acknowledge the debt owed by Twain, Mencken, and others to Dickens, the foremost man of letters of his day.

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    Mark Jackson Heights, NY, USA 03-29-08
    Mark Jackson Heights, NY, USA 03-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor sound quality"

    This recording was originally produced for Books-on-Tape in 1976, no re-engineering, and it sounds it. Compared to today's audio books, it might as well be a wax cylinder. Highly *not* recommended if you care about sound quality.

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    Paul Wynnewood, PA, USA 02-11-05
    Paul Wynnewood, PA, USA 02-11-05
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    "19th Century America Comes to life"

    Dickens. 19th Century America. Caring, Sensitive, yet stuck in the confines of his time. The piece about Easton prison so echoes the tale of two cities, you will shudder in horror.

    Realities of transportation illuminate the cultural realities of our country in that time in a way history cannot.

    Going from prison to poorhouse to orphanage from town to town is a funny but revealing way to travel.

    Read all the way to the post-script.

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    Amy Nampa, ID, USA 05-22-09
    Amy Nampa, ID, USA 05-22-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Distracting"

    Content of book very interesting. The book is written in the first person making it difficult to enjoy narration by a woman.

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