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American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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A classic account of American life by Charles Dickens. Includes a fully functioning table of contents.


When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842, he was the most famous man of his day to travel there - curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts and found them exemplary. But Dickens' opinion of America as a land ruled by money, partly built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. "American Notes" is an illuminating account of a great writer's revelatory encounter with the New World.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Buki Editions (22 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001YQF1HG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Someone please pick up this book! I've already mentioned it to two of my English professor who knew almost nothing about what I consider a true classic. Just because there is no movie to accompany it does not mean it should'nt be read for fear of confusing a public accustomed to Dickens' supposed "classics". Please take the time to open one of my favorite books. I am sure it will surprise and delight you. Remember, a "classic" is what we make of it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dickens on America 3 Dec 2010
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An interesting portrayal of the East Coast of America in the 19th Century from the perspective of probably the most famous author of the time. Dickens wrote fascinatingly (and was complimentary) of institutions he visited such as prisons and mental hospitals, but did seem ridiculously patronising of the American "lower class" with merciless parodying of their "common" habits. He describes feeling disappointed by the legendary prairie which is a shame as he thus neglects what could have made a wonderful descriptive addition to the book. He also becomes increasingly irritated and intolerant of American fans of his who seem to be hounding him throughout his visit. Interesting travel writing but by no means comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No change in America then..... 25 Sep 2012
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An incise view of the American attitudes which still prevail today - especially if you're a Republican! Greed conquers all and to the devil with the hindmost, irrespective of need. A must for both social studies students and lovers of Dickens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Notes 7 Sep 2012
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If you are serious about American Culture and it's history, this is a must read. Charles Dickens describes his experiences in the United States with his usual humour but also a keen eye. These notes caused quite a bit of controversy in the time they were written. On both sides of the Atlantic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me 26 Nov 2013
By Dale
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I had been aware of Dickens' American Notes for quite some time and finally got round to reading them - or at least attempting to read them.

I was drawn to the book by my curiosity of Americans of that era. I was quite disappointed. There are passages where I gained some fresh insights but these were more or less overwhelmed by great wadges of verbiage on 'institutions'. Dickens seems to have had an obsession with prisons, orphanages, lunatic asylums and government. None of these are of any particular interest to this reader.

One aspect that he does cover - and at length - is the quaint habit, popular amongst males of that era, of chewing tobacco. Dickens seems to have been both fascinated and revolted by this custom. He goes to some length to describe how the carpeted floors of the grand buildings in Washington were extensively stained and splattered by the expectorations of the tobacco chewers. Nice!

All in all I found these American Notes quite hard going and gave up on them quite easily at the half way mark.
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