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Expurgated Victorian version
on 15 February 2012
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.