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Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people

Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005G8SFRQ
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082ZJBVY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bags, but some real gems in here 16 Mar 2012
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A mixed bag of sketches, with some very funny and moving ones, and a few that were mediocre and forgettable. Some of the best were redolent of Dickens's later distinctive style, though these were his earliest published works, first appearing in magazines between 1833-36. The first seven sketches, grouped under the title The Parish, were good and funny, especially The Election for Beadle and The Four Sisters. The sections headed Scenes and Characters were rather more variable, though as ever Dickens excels when covering the plight of the poor and wretched, for example in Gin-Shops, A Visit to Newgate and The Prisoners' Van. A Christmas Dinner should become a seasonal favourite. The sketches detailing the coming in of the omnibus were very good as well.

The latter set of Tales were varied, with a few dull ones, but also some very funny ones, esp The Boarding House, Mr Minns and his Cousin (Dickens's first published piece as A Dinner at Poplar Walk), Horatio Sparkins and The Bloomsbury Christening. The Black Veil and The Drunkard's Death were very haunting.

The illustrations by George Cruikshank were marvellous, better than those by Phiz in my view, with a Hogarthian sort of feel about them. 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sketches by Boz 22 April 2014
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Rating because it is Dickens as a younger man looking at the Victorian world through a comical and, at times, jaundiced eye ! A little overlong perhaps for modern tastes but, nevertheless, an emerging and observant author who can grab the reader's attention and draw him into his sphere !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens' Sketches by Boz 15 April 2013
By douglas
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As an out-and-out Dickens fan I was eager to read this despite being less than keen on short stories as a genre, seeing many collections as a lazy cop-out by their authors. This is certainly not the case with this book.
There is huge variety in the content and the characters and while inevitably some stories are better than others, all are worth a try.
For anyone unaccustomed to Dickens, this book is an ideal introduction to his style, humour and characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 20 Mar 2013
By Denzel
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Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people ......brilliant book , you are their in the 1850s great
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5.0 out of 5 stars "BOZ" 20 Feb 2013
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My first free Kinldle book. I like Dickens a lot and am aslo interested in history, as I am writing about my ancestors in a creative and imaginative manner. These sketches give a clear and vivid word picture of 19th C London. Terry Smith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Dickens afficionados 3 Feb 2013
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I wanted to read the book to find some quotations for an article I'm writing, which I had found elsewhere and wanted the full context. i was surprised and pleased to find the book was free! I enjoyed the first section more than the second, which I haven't yet finished, but they are good to read a few at a time in between other books. These are examples of Dickens' very early writing, pre-railway and with ideas for characters that he probably used later. Not a book everyone would enjoy, but a fantastic chronicle of its time.
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