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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this with volume 1
One would normally purchase all ten volumes at the same time and would therefore have this companion volume to hand. If you are planning to purchase all ten volumes separately, I would suggest also buying this volume at the same time as the first. The alternative is to sit at a computer typing in the names you come across into an Internet search engine to find out who...
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by John Meanwood

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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into life in the Restoration.
Samuel Pepys is actually a very interesting character. He shows himself in a real and honest way (presumuably not realizing that it was going to be published one day!) He is a rogue towards his wife and tries to be successful in his business dealings (although I think there were slightly shady deals on a regular basis), but keen to get known and respected in the right...
Published on 11 April 2002


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this with volume 1, 7 Jan 2012
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One would normally purchase all ten volumes at the same time and would therefore have this companion volume to hand. If you are planning to purchase all ten volumes separately, I would suggest also buying this volume at the same time as the first. The alternative is to sit at a computer typing in the names you come across into an Internet search engine to find out who they are and how they relate to Pepys at the time.

I would also recommend Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin for a good background read before starting the diaries themselves.
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27 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into life in the Restoration., 11 April 2002
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Samuel Pepys is actually a very interesting character. He shows himself in a real and honest way (presumuably not realizing that it was going to be published one day!) He is a rogue towards his wife and tries to be successful in his business dealings (although I think there were slightly shady deals on a regular basis), but keen to get known and respected in the right circles. He goes drinking a lot (people never change)then gets bad hangovers the next morning and promises himself not to do it again, which he obviously does! He realizes that if he is to improve his lot in life he has to more restrained and as the years pass he increases his financial situation and becomes independent of his benefactor. He records his reactions to the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London and the restoration of the monarchy, becoming increasingly frustrated with the behaviour of the King. Worth reading, just for interests sake.
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