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Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

Charles Dickens

Martin Chuzzlewit was Dickens 6th novel, serially published in 1843 - 44. Irrespective of the fact that Dickens considered - "Chuzzlewit is in 100 points immeasurably the best of my stories"- it failed to resonate with, or capture the public's imagination as many of its predecessors had done. However by the1850s its popularity had risen and it eventually found recognition as the great novel that it is. The beginning is somewhat protracted but the prose is magnificent throughout. The theme of the story is about selfishness and obstinacy. The callow eponymous hero Martin Chuzzlewit is estranged from his grandfather (Martin Chuzzlewit the elder) for having the temerity to fall in love with his grandfather's ward - Mary Graham. The Chuzzlewit family are all placed under the microscope as Martin journeys on a voyage of what can only be termed as "self-discovery". His journeying takes him to America, where his experiences change him forever and he returns a far better man. Woven around the theme of the book are some of Dickens most finely drawn characters, ranging from the comic: Seth Pecksniff, an oily unctuous hypocrite, Mrs Gamp a nurse with a propensity for strong liquor and a delightful way of mangling the English language: to the macabre Jonas Chuzzlewit a dark brooding murderer. There are plots within plots, deception and artifice abound, confidence tricksters on both sides of the Atlantic, and a vicious murder. This is a satirical novel, particularly when Martin is in America and Dickens, who never shirked from social criticism, utilized that portion of the book to express his feelings on his experiences during his visit to America in1842. It is a comical novel, humour being prevalent throughout, witness Mrs Gamp "Rich folk may ride on camels, but it ain't so easy for em to see out of the needles eye". The irrepressible and precocious young Bailey strutting and posing in his Footman's livery. The deeply melancholic Augustus Moddle, desperate to be run over but finding no takers! and doomed to marry the wrong

Martin Chuzzlewit was Dickens 6th novel, serially published in 1843 - 44. Irrespective of the fact that Dickens considered - "Chuzzlewit is in 100 points immeasurably the best of my stories"- it failed to resonate with, or capture the public's imagination as many of its predecessors had done. However by the1850s its popularity had risen and it eventually found recognition as the great novel that it is. The beginning is somewhat protracted but the prose is magnificent throughout. The theme of the story is about selfishness and obstinacy. The callow eponymous hero Martin Chuzzlewit is estranged from his grandfather (Martin Chuzzlewit the elder) for having the temerity to fall in love with his grandfather's ward - Mary Graham. The Chuzzlewit family are all placed under the microscope as Martin journeys on a voyage of what can only be termed as "self-discovery". His journeying takes him to America, where his experiences change him forever and he returns a far better man. Woven around the theme of the book are some of Dickens most finely drawn characters, ranging from the comic: Seth Pecksniff, an oily unctuous hypocrite, Mrs Gamp a nurse with a propensity for strong liquor and a delightful way of mangling the English language: to the macabre Jonas Chuzzlewit a dark brooding murderer. There are plots within plots, deception and artifice abound, confidence tricksters on both sides of the Atlantic, and a vicious murder. This is a satirical novel, particularly when Martin is in America and Dickens, who never shirked from social criticism, utilized that portion of the book to express his feelings on his experiences during his visit to America in1842. It is a comical novel, humour being prevalent throughout, witness Mrs Gamp "Rich folk may ride on camels, but it ain't so easy for em to see out of the needles eye". The irrepressible and precocious young Bailey strutting and posing in his Footman's livery. The deeply melancholic Augustus Moddle, desperate to be run over but finding no takers! and doomed to marry the wrong
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Martin Chuzzlewit was Dickens 6th novel, serially published in 1843 - 44. Irrespective of the fact that Dickens considered - "Chuzzlewit is in 100 points immeasurably the best of my stories"- it failed to resonate with, or capture the public's imagination as many of its predecessors had done. However by the1850s its popularity had risen and it eventually found recognition as the great novel that it is. The beginning is somewhat protracted but the prose is magnificent throughout. The theme of the story is about selfishness and obstinacy. The callow eponymous hero Martin Chuzzlewit is estranged from his grandfather (Martin Chuzzlewit the elder) for having the temerity to fall in love with his grandfather's ward - Mary Graham. The Chuzzlewit family are all placed under the microscope as Martin journeys on a voyage of what can only be termed as "self-discovery". His journeying takes him to America, where his experiences change him forever and he returns a far better man. Woven around the theme of the book are some of Dickens most finely drawn characters, ranging from the comic: Seth Pecksniff, an oily unctuous hypocrite, Mrs Gamp a nurse with a propensity for strong liquor and a delightful way of mangling the English language: to the macabre Jonas Chuzzlewit a dark brooding murderer. There are plots within plots, deception and artifice abound, confidence tricksters on both sides of the Atlantic, and a vicious murder. This is a satirical novel, particularly when Martin is in America and Dickens, who never shirked from social criticism, utilized that portion of the book to express his feelings on his experiences during his visit to America in1842. It is a comical novel, humour being prevalent throughout, witness Mrs Gamp "Rich folk may ride on camels, but it ain't so easy for em to see out of the needles eye". The irrepressible and precocious young Bailey strutting and posing in his Footman's livery. The deeply melancholic Augustus Moddle, desperate to be run over but finding no takers! and doomed to marry the wrong

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

30h 47m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:32


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

39:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

42:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

46:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

50:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

35:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:06:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

37:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

48:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

46:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

49:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

48:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

42:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

36:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

49:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

38:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

37:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

50:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

39:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

44:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

39:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

36:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

48:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

22:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

40:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

34:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

21:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

23:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

49:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

22:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

51:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

23:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

39:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

32:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

24:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

50:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

23:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

28:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:38