- Author Charles Dickens
My travels through some of the more popular works of Charles Dickens have found him to be a bit hit and miss, but this was a definite hit. Although I was less interested in the stories that Pickwick and his friends were gathering, it was a good ruse to get them travelling around and finding themselves in scrapes.
At the start, there are more boys-will-be-boys style adventures where somehow Pickwick is kidnapped in a wheelbarrow, or Winkle suffers a near-fatal case of mistaken identity, but gradually the topics turn to love, marriage and all the fun and games that brings with it. I particularly enjoyed Pickwick’s stubborn-ness with regards to Ms Bardell, and his servant Sam’s subsequent loyalty.
It’s a nice, if slightly long, read, a journey with these chaps as they mature (although Pickwick is old enough to begin with!) and work out their place in life. Top stuff.