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Most helpful customer reviews 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A long, long book well written, but somewhat unsatisfying. By pertinacious The most obvious feature of the book from the start is how long it is. And it is long for a reason. The dialogue of the many characters and the descriptions of the characters, the surroundings, environment, and emotions are seemingly never ceasing. I would take issue with the descriptions of America with regard to geography. The fictional location of Eden in the United States was impossible for me to imagine from the description of the trip and what awaited Mark and Martin. The characterizations of the political attitudes of America seemed sufficient.Still the plot seemed complicated enough for me to wonder where it led and to keep reading. I did get to the end and wondered why Dickens did not spend more time writing and developing the finish. As it is, I wished that I had given up about 50 pages earlier. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Comments on Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit by Joanne Morse By Earl Morse This earlier Dickens novel is certainly not taut and polished, as is Great Expectations, but when it DOES concentrate on plot and character, as in the crime scenes toward the end of the book, Dickens gets into the head and guts of his character as Fyodor Dostoevsky himself could understand and emulate, and drives ahead with events in the best tradition of suspense thrillers. The novel is long, but if one takes time to enjoy the descriptive passages and the amply developed speech, dress, and mannerisms of the characters, the experience is like "reading" a movie. Critics have long noted Dickens' cinematic style...well before there was such a thing. Chuzzlewit is a beautiful example of this. Dickens was highly criticized by easily insulted Americans when they read his section on our 1840s lifestyles and manners. He was viewing America as a visiting Englishman, and although the characters are no where near as fully developed as those of his homeland, I really see no exaggeration in his portrayal of the wild, gun slinging, cocky, racist, my-way-or-the-highway American type. Of course that is not the whole picture, but it would be a memorable and true one to the casual visitor...then and now. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. ....not every rose smells quite as sweet By Ronald W. Maron 1843 was the year that Dickens decided to explore the potential psychological changes that a person may undergo. In his well known classic " A Christmas Carol' we follow the life of his the author's tragic hero as he undergoes a life review, past, present and future. We, as readers, are caught up in this drama because of the constants that Dickens has shown in his earlier works; flowing descriptions, fast actions and dialogue, the quick dash to a moralistic ending and, lastly, the author's penchant for `happily ever after' endings. This work was, and will remain, his classic work in the novella format.The other work that was done this year with a similar aim in mind was "Martin Chuzzlewit". Unfortunately, our renowned author was off the mark in this quest. While Scrooge's transformation was transparent through the spiritual visitations, old Martin's took place over and extended period of time and only done through the actions of his adopted girl, Mary, and done completely out of the reader's purview. This difference leads the first to seem as a natural part of an ongoing sequence whereas the second is awkward, lacks a reality base and requires the reader to totally shift his conclusion about the book title's character at the near finish of the novel. In `A Christmas Carol' we have a wide variety of believable and endearing characters who show a vast array of positive human qualities. From the Crachits we see humble grace, from the nephew we find familial love, and from Fezziwig we find professional honor and grace. "Martin Chuzzlewit", on the other hand takes all these and other uplifting qualities of human life and places them in a single, awkward and less-than-handsome character known as Tom Finch. Yes, I realize that the author was simply pointing out that the true value of life's meaning can be found in the most unlikely of persons, but Dickens did it to such an extreme that it falls off the far side of the table called `reality'. By overly saturating us with Tom and his virtues, the author's important character lesson quickly loses its credibility. Lastly, unlike the novella, the action in this 800+ page tome is very limited and/or non-existent. It reads more like a Victorian soap opera than it does like Dickens's more commanding and directive works. "The Pickwick Papers" and this work are the only two novels written by Dickens that appear as they were presented to his reading public; as a series of installments that occurred over a one year period. This, too, adds to the awkwardness of this book when taken as a whole.I have read "A Christmas Carol" numerous times and plan to do the same in the future. Although both this and "Martin Chuzzlewit" attempt to portray the same message, I do not see myself ever rereading the latter. It is far too cumbersome and lacks a firm thematic directive throughout.............. See all 121 customer reviews...
"A novel that British readers love, and American readers love to hate.... The American scenes are among the most powerful things Dickens ever did in fiction." --GuardianFrom the Trade Paperback edition. From the Publisher This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels. Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation. Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words. From the Inside Flap At The Center of Martin Chuzzlewit -- the novel Angus Wilson called "one of the most sheerly exciting of all Dickens stories" -- is Martin himself, very old, very rich, very much on his guard. What he suspects (with good reason) is that every one of Iris close and distant relations. now converging in droves on the country inn where they believe he is dying, will stop at nothing to become the inheritor of Iris great fortune. Having unjustly disinherited Iris grandson, young Martin, the old fellow now trusts no one but Mary Graham, the pretty girl hired as Iris companion. Though she has been made to understand she will not inherit a penny, she remains old Chuzzlewit's only ally. As the viperish relations and hangers-on close in on him, we meet some of Dickens's most marvelous characters -- among them Mr. Pecksniff (whose name has entered the language as a synonym for ultimate hypocrisy and self-importance); the fabulously evil Jonas Chuzzlewit; the strutting reptile Tigg Montague; and the ridiculous, terrible, comical Sairey Gamp. Reluctantly heading for America in search of opportunity, the penniless young Martin goes west, rides a riverboat, and is overtaken by bad company and mortal danger -- while the battle for his grandfather's gold reveals new depths of family treachery, cunning, and ruthlessness. And in scene after wonderful scene of conflict and suspense, of high excitement and fierce and hilarious satire, Dickens's huge saga of greed versus decency comes to its magnificent climax.
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