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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; 1st Paper Back - 2nd Impression edition (5 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264788
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Murray on 15 Feb. 2012
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If you are chiefly interested in Pepys' public life then this is an informative read. However, as well as being 'concise' it is also a heavily expurgated version with much of the colour and texture of Pepys' observations leached out of it. Much of the detail of his personal and domestic life has been cut and certainly the more colourful passages about his sexual exploits. Just as one example, the famous entry for October 25th 1668, when Pepys' wife catches him in an embrace with their maid, Deborah Willett, is absent altogether. So while this version still holds some interest - Pepys was a lively writer on most subjects - it really is a pale and stuffy remainder of the original. Would definitely not recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prince Rupert of the Rhine on 5 Dec. 2012
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Now, you're not going to read Samuel Pepys diary, unless you are keenly into your history. Thus, the fact that this is a very challenging read for your average layman is no suprise and is infact a welcome challenge,(both in a gramatical, and stamina sense)

His first hand accounts of dealing with the duke of york (future James II) and other exciting figures, plus the great plague and the fire are well known, and paint a fascinating human picture of these people and events that is lost in text books. What is also well known is how candidly Pepys recorded all his sexual exploits, drunken evenings and quarrells with his wife etc.

I knew that it would be hard work to plough through all the 'Naval regualtions' and 'venison pasties', but i told myself the amusing anecdotes of his ongoing sexual harrasment of his servants wife, and various flings with women would be my reward as i trudged through....

However to my distress, half way through i realised that this version of the diary is the very first abridged version that was released to the public, by the victorians, (his manuscripts had been resting in coded short hand for the best part of 200 years before anyone decided to de-crypt it). Victorian moral censorship, meant that all refernces to sex and the majority of references to domestic disputes were completely cut out, leaving nothing but inoffensive daily routine and the current affairs.

whilst still an absolute wealth of first hand history from the Restoration, i couldnt help feeling ripped off by the cutting of the famous sexual licence of the time. if i had the stamina, i might read a different version which included those bits, but i dont think i ever want to pick up that 700 page monster again.

glad i read it, never again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Twemlow on 11 Jan. 2013
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I wanted an easy to read version of this all time classic and it gave me just that without taking away the detail of the times. It gives a fascinating insight to the period and bringing it to life.
The seller sent it virtually straight away, so all in all it was an excellent purchase.
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By Rosemary Castagner on 22 Sept. 2013
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An easy read of a fairly complicated book. All the interesting stuff in compact (ish!) Form. Can be dipped into.
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