The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After reading "A Tale of Two Cities" I realized the paucity of my Dickens knowledge and decided to read all his novels. Thankfully Kindle has the Dickens "Complete Novels", and I have finally finished the 8% of this tome that holds his first novel, reading during ticks of otherwise wasted time.
The 57 chapters reminded me of viewing movie serials made in the 1930-40's, with Pickwick and his traveling companions finding new ways to tangle themselves in various misadventures in the vividly Dickensian illuminated English countryside. The serialization makes the reading somewhat choppy, but one can't help but admire Samuel Pickwick and his loyal servant Sam Weller as they unflinchingly meet each challenge, overcome obstacles, and (mostly) enjoy themselves immensely.
I'm looking forward to continuing my Dickens saga (next: Oliver Twist).
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