The Pickwick Papers (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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The rollicking adventures of Samuel Pickwick and other members of the Pickwick Club as they travel around the English countryside getting into mischief are recounted in this satirical masterpiece. Brilliantly comic, the book also reveals Dickens’s growing interest in the parliamentary system, lawyers, the Poor Laws, and the ills of debtor’s prisons.

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The Pickwick Papers (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview


The rollicking adventures of Samuel Pickwick and other members of the Pickwick Club as they travel around the English countryside getting into mischief are recounted in this satirical masterpiece. Brilliantly comic, the book also reveals Dickens’s growing interest in the parliamentary system, lawyers, the Poor Laws, and the ills of debtor’s prisons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411436688
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 825
  • Sales rank: 108,919
  • File size: 2 MB

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Charles Dickens (1812–1870), was an English novelist, and is one of the most popular writers of all time. He is known for chapter-closing cliffhangers in his serial-style novels, a mind for social reform, and memorable characters. His most popular works include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and A Tale of Two Cities.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    About The e-book

    Could not get a free sample to down load. I updated the updates for nook etc. and tried again including resetting my iPad.
    I wanted this illustrated version so much I took a chance and bought it sight un seen.
    It down loaded just fine and quickly. This may be a clue to what I am about to add . .

    There is no contents.
    The "illustrations" are not listed. Meaning you cannot just go to them and view them you must page through, according to the location slider at the bottom of the screen, six hundred pages.

    OK if that were not enough . . . the illustrations are the size of postage stamps and will not enlarge. Even the cover art is so small I could not make out what it illustrated until my third visit.

    I would have spent much more if I could have a decently turned out book. As it is it is a less than usefull scrol of text with some ink blots taking up space.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    The Lighter Side of Dickens.

    Charles Dickens wit and humer is readily made apparent in his novel The Pickwick Papers. In many cases it made me laugh out loud. It was truly an enjoyable and fun read. 'In particular the hunting adventure and the Bagmans tale of a chair turning into an old man'. Throughout the novel there are nine different short stories that are either told by a character passing through or read by Pickwick theat seem to have nothing to do with the novel, but these certainly do not detract from the story. In true Dickens style, he does question some of the English Institutions such as the debtors prisons. I did truly admire Mr Pickwicks sense of values and his sense of what was right and what was wrong. I am also curious as to whether this novel had any influence on P.G Wodehouse's Jeeves. This is a long book but I wouldn't have minded it even if it were a bit longer.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    I <3 Charles Dickens

    This was my first ever Dickens book and I loved it cover to cover. Dickens has an incredible sense of humor that just kinda sneaks up on you. I've gone on to read many other works by Dickens, but I'll never forget my first time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Poor copy

    Poor copy. Cant read most words

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Romp Through Victorian England

    "Pickwick Papers" was Dickens' first novel & is still one of his best. Mr Pickwick leads his companions (& the reader) on a delightful excursion through mid-Victorian England visiting its quaint villages & frequenting its inns, taverns, churches, & country estates. Positively charming & "quaint" in its descriptions of the English countryside, traditions & customs, & society at all levels it is a wonderfully crafted book & shows why Charles Dickens became one of Britain's great novelists. Once you take your initial journey with Mr Pickwick, you'll find yourself wanting to take the trip again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    Where It All Started

    Don't come to this book looking for a plot. It is all character, voice, and sensibility. Patience will be rewarded. And you'll forget Sam Weller.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Absolutely Wondeful

    Written in Dickens' distinctive style, this book is truly excellent, offering insights into social ills of that time (many of which have survived to our own time) and providing a series of interesting and easily believable dramas, it also has the advantage of being hilarious. I read this book for the first time when I was in middle school and I've yet to tire of it. There's never a dull moment with the Pickwick Papers!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Pure Pickwickian Pleasure

    If your only experience of Charles Dickens involves never-ending readings of Great Expectations or Oliver Twist in high school literature class, then you may be surprised to find that Dickens was a master of wit as well as woe. In The Pickwick Papers all aspects of the amazing talent of Charles Dickens are on display. Through the adventures and ramblings of Samuel Pickwick, Esq. and his companions Messrs. Tupman, Winkle, and Snodgrass, we are given an intimate look at 19th Century England, from her small country towns to the dark heart of London¿s debtor¿s prison. The characters and places are vibrant, the story alive with humor and pathos. Continual feasting, fun, and holiday parties with friends share the pages of this story with tales of poverty, abuse, and neglect all set down by the hand of a master story teller and observer of human nature.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    A must have on your Nook

    Heard a Proffesor talking about Dickens; and he peeked my curiosity for the Pickwick Papers. This version has character information & a Dickens biography, which help understand the times Dickens was writing. Initially written as a series of published short stories I can see how the Victorian readers couldn't wait for the next installment to come out. You can read this from cover to cover if you wish; or pretend you are in Victorian times and wait a bit between chapters. It makes the next chapter all the more compelling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Confused

    Where are the reviews for Pickwick Papers? This is all inane conversation. Do you even know who Dickens is?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    As lighthearted as Dickens gets

    Dickens is in a slightly more humorous mood in this book than in many of his later writings. He follows the adventures of the "remarkable" (read: likeable, well-intentioned, generous, rich, naive, and fawned-upon) Mr. Pickwick and several of his companions who go out to observe and write about places and events in other parts of England (for the enlightenment of the rest of the Pickwick club). Their adventures and the stories they collect in the process range from the humorously bumbling to the tragic to the genuinely touching.

    As usual, Dickens is satirizing away, giving social commentary on useless fops, hypocritical pastors, scummy lawyers, debtors' prisons, etc. The book also has Dickens' trademark rambling style, unlikely coincidences, and silly names, but as always, the characters are so entertaining that it is a pleasure to read. The slightly pompous Pickwick and his bordering-on-sycophantic friends are somehow endearing rather than annoying, the ridiculous side-characters remind you of people you have known, and the downfall of one of the "bad guys" is pitiable and moving rather than a cause for rejoicing. Classic Dickens...good stuff!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Excellent book!

    This was a great book. Highly recommended to everybody. One of Dickens' best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Good, but not Dicken's best

    I thought it was a great book, but Dickens wrote funnier things in his dark "Great Expectations" The book follows a simple plot, several pompous gentleman travel around the greater London area. It seems as though the narrator of Don Quixote is also narrating this, he glorifies the "Glorious Personage" many times, other characters include Mr. Winkle the sportsman who knows nothing of riding and hunting, Poetic Snodgrass, mischevious fortune hunter Jingle, the womanizing Tupman who seems to be outdone by snodgrass, Winkle, and Jingle, and of course the Cockney Sam. The stories told by the people they meet may sometimes be tedious, but the bagman's tale is not to be missed, it tells about a fellow who drinks a bit to much hot punch and imagines a chair turning into an amorous old man

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    Dickens' first novel is Dickens' best novel

    This is a story written "posthumously" about a rag tag motley crew of men led by Mr. Samuel Pickwick, a round, cheeky fellow in gaiters. The book may be long, but it's so engrossing you'll have it done in a couple of days.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Swrenity

    -Walks in, a slight bounce in each of her steps.- Hey, Thayer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Kate

    Name: Lizzie Kate McCalister
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    Age: 15
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    Looks: long black curly hair. Light brown yes. Dimples. Skinny but not too skinny. Tan. 5"4
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    Personality: friendly nice crazy fun sporty can be girly. If you wanna know more meet me :)

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    Posted July 10, 2014

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