The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume II - 1661: 1661 v. 2 Paperback – 26 Feb 2010
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'The Latham-Matthews transcription of Pepys' Diary is one of the glories of contemporary English publishing.' The Times 'The pleasure of Pepys -- of reading him -- is his own pleasure in experience! Pepys' Diary is the cheerful self-report, not of the man eminent in naval history, not of the historical witness, but of the unobjectionable hedonist.' Guardian 'Here, in one of the finest feats in all the long history of scholarship, is Pepys' Diary, once and for all. Exegi monumentum aere perennius.' Observer 'The editors have achieved the impossible! one can now read the Diary perfectly easily, month by month, year by year! here at last is a really learned edition where the learning is put at the disposal of the layman.' New Statesman 'It isn't often that one encounters a publication -- especially of this magnitude -- which achieves complete perfection, but there is no doubt that this does.' Sir Arthur Bryant
About the Author
Robert Latham, cbe, ma, fba -- Fellow and Pepys Librarian, Magdalene College, Cambridge, and formerly reader in History, Royal Holloway College, University of London. William Matthews, ma, ph.d, d.lett -- Late Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles, and Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London.
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If you want the complete, uncensored Pepys don't worry, this is the only edition to get - all nine volumes of it (11 with the index and commentary). Highly recommended.
The dialogue between the actors comes across very naturally, and it is very easy to identify with Samuel, his lovely wife, Elizabeth and their household, family and friends. Pepys seems to have popped up everywhere as a bystander to a great many historical events and from a historical perspective, that's very interesting. However, the minutiae of the daily lives of Samuel, Elizabeth, his 'boy Will' and their 'wench' Jane is extremely entertaining, and shows that times may have changed, but human nature is still more or less the same.
Wonderful to listen to whilst baking in the kitchen, or on a long car journey. An excellent buy.
On the down side it's still a diary and not everything is interesting so some bits can be dull from time to time. Overall this is an ideal book for anyone interested in this period and looking at the day to day life in 17th century England.
In the first book there is an introduction of several essays - a short biographical piece and information on the use the diary has for both literature and history, as well as a history of previous publications of the diary. These come in very useful and are also extremly interesting foreground reading before beginning the actual diary itself.
The editors explain how they have translated the diaries and the difficulties and have tried to present the diary how Pepys' would have wanted it. They have tried to make it authentic as possible - only changing bits they absolutely have to and the reader is always informed of such changes.
Pepys is an extremly important part of English history as he was witness to the restoration of the king after the death of Cromwell as well as the plague and the fire of London. His diary is wider then that - it is a record of humanity. It is unique in that it is very honest - a graphic detailed account on a man's life both public and private.
Such history from a first hand account and not regergitated by modern day historians is invaluable for anyone interested in the history during this period.
The actual Diary is of course of immense historical importance. It gives us a detailed eye witness account of life in 17th Century London. It gives us historical detail of events of the time. It also gives us a very ordinary and human account of Samuel’s life during the 1660s. We get an account not only of historic and political social issues, and the work that Samuel was doing, but also an account of a very personal home life with his wife and servants.
The dramatisation is excellent with actors, music and sound effects that help us to really connect with the times.
The Diary, and therefore the story covers the 1660s and covers the historic events of the Restoration, The second Dutch War, the Plague and the great fire of London. The account is often very funny as well. Pepys kept his Diary from the beginning of 1660 until May 1669 when he has to stop because of failing eye sight. Throughout these entries we get to know his home life and his wife Elizabeth. In this audio version of the book the end of 1669 is taken up with Elizabeth’s attempts on keeping a Diary and some brief extracts from Samuel’s personal letters that helps to finish off the decade and give us a conclusion.
The whole project is just brilliant and it is easily a book to read again and again. This version of the Diary is also I believe an excellent educational tool on the subject because of its engaging nature.
Highly recommended all round. There are eleven discs, and on average each disc concentrates on one year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really very good. Every disc is divided into 25, or so, 2-4 minute dramas woven from days entries in the great diarists life, making about 12 hours in all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Parvenu
Fantastic - humorous and slightly naughty - history at its best - having heard some of the episodes on Radio 4 it was great to hear the whole thing. - I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Julie J
I enjoyed every second of this. It was laugh out loud in parts and very informative. Worth every penny.Published 5 months ago by MRS TWEEDY
Tried to read Pepys diary unsuccessfully but this dramatisation brought it to life and eased my daily commute!Published 5 months ago by Duke
Very well done, interesting and funny. Unfortunately abridged but it had to be for the number of disks.Published 6 months ago by maria levy
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