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Besides "Bleak House", "Martin Chuzzlewit" is easily my favorite Dickens novel. Where else do you have an opening chapter (describing the past Chuzzlewit family history) that is so absolutely hilarious you find yourself rereading it several times before you begin chapter two? Where else do you have a character as funny as the greedy and transparent Mr. Pecksniff? People complain that the plot is paper-thin even for a Dickens novel and that the American sequence is an unneeded digression. Perhaps true, but I think the characters and comedy in this book overcome any of its shortcomings. While others point to better known novels like "David Copperfield" as the best to be found in Dickens, I think "Martin Chuzzlewit" tops everything except "Bleak House" (but then how could it, seeing that "Bleak House" is probably the greatest English novel of the 19th century). In closing, if you're new to Dickens, you would do well to start here--the book, although long, is fast-paced, funny, and, at the end, even macabre.
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am 17. Februar 2000
This is still, next to "David Copperfield", my favorite Dickens' novel! It is also quite highly ranked among my all-time favorite novels! So much of human nature - its passions, quirks & ironies - are addressed by Dickens here in flawless eloquence! The story is long - but you come to know the charactors so well that reading sessions become like a delve into an hour-to-hour, day-to-day existence with them! In this graceful novel, Dickens attacks hypocrosy, greed, and cruelty with a vengance. And addresses, as like, what comes from loyalty, friendship, and generosity. None of the personages in this colorful story could be classified as good or bad --- they all have their various shades. I loved this novel -- as it painted a wonderful alternate world - in prettily-prismed Victorian England - that gave me great escape from my own, often spiritually-consuming, surroundings!
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am 4. März 2000
Martin Chuzzlewit one of Dickens's more obscure work, met me with great expectations of works that I had previously read, I dove into this book in earnest. However the long-windedness ultimately resulted in a bit of disappointment. Though one ought not dismiss Dickens' lesser-known works; this is one that could be skipped.
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am 3. April 1998
Martin Chuzzlewit is a funny, memorable, and insightful book. The engravings in the Oxford Illustrated edition are a charming addition to this story of hypocrisy, family intrigue, selfishness, loyalty, and friendship. Dickens's use of language is precise and often stinging. The book is laced with humor in the service of more profound goals. If you buy the Oxford Illustrated edition, skip the critical essay at the start of the volume, as it gives away some plot elements best left for the reader to discover. (Read the essay AFTER you have finished the book, if you like, or just ignore it.) My 9 rating reflects the combination of humor, satire, memorable characters (most especially the resolutely jolly Mark Tapley and the hypocritical Mr. Pecksniff), and a thoroughly entertaining plot.
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am 7. September 1998
A number of unforgettable characters make this book a pleasure to read. Dickens's opinion of America is famously represented as young Martin Chuzzlewit and his sidekick Mark Tapley travel to New York and beyond in search of fortune. A must-read.
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am 20. Oktober 2010
Achtung bissig! Charles Dickens geht in seinem Buch sehr unsanft mit seinen Figuren um. Mit hintergründigen und sarkastischen Beschreibungen und Kommentaren nimmt er die selbstgefälligen Darsteller dieses Romans auf sehr vergnügliche Weise aufs Korn. Es ist wirklich unverständlich, warum dieses Buch nicht mehr verlegt wird. Ich bin auf jeden Fall froh noch ein Exemplar bekommen zu haben.
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