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American Notes for General Circulation Hardcover – 1 Dec 2001


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com (1 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588275205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588275202
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,728,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In American Notes Dickens recorded his reactions to the most exciting social experiment of his day.

The New World had caught the English imagination, and its democratic promise had become such a hotly disputed issue that Dickens, who went to America in 1842, was only the most celebrated of many travellers curious to find out what was happening there.

Here he discusses everything from the comically uncomfortable sea voyage to American schools and prisons, character and table manners. On the whole he disliked what he saw, and wrote so frankly about it that American Notes was deplored by the New York Herald as "the essence of balderdash … reduced to the last drop of silliness and inanity". With hindsight, the Notes can be read as the account of a fascinating and traumatic adventure from which Dickens emerged, both emotionally and politically, a changed man. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years.

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I shall never forget the one-fourth serious and three-fourths comical astonishment, with which, on the morning of the third of January eighteen-hundred-and-forty-two, I opened the door of, and put my head into, a 'state-room' on board the Britannia steam-packet, twelve hundred tons burden per register, bound for Halifax and Boston, and carrying Her Majesty's mails. Read the first page
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1999
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle on 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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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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