A strange and vaguely interesting read if only as a period piece. Absorbing in parts whereupon it leaves you a little wanting - e.g. the giants in The Guildhall - what happened next? Nice to see old Pickwick but his dad's a real pain in the ass & just gets on ones nerves. I liked Master Humphrey though, he made the best of what life offered to him and was rewarded with good friendships.