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Peregrine Pickle di Tobias Smollett
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Peregrine Pickle (originale 1751; edizione 1930)

di Tobias Smollett (Autore), Walter Allen (Introduzione)

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Travel through eighteenth-century Europe with aristocratic dandy Peregrine Pickle, a hilarious character plucked from the imagination of famed Scottish author Tobias Smollett. In The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Smollett uses his protagonist as the lens through which to pull off a side-splitting send-up of the ridiculous airs and blatant hypocrisy that were endemic during the era.… (altro)
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Titolo:Peregrine Pickle
Autori:Tobias Smollett (Autore)
Altri autori:Walter Allen (Introduzione)
Info:London, New York, J.M. Dent & sons, ltd.; E.P. Dutton & co., incl. [1930]
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I'm in the process of reading Peregrine Pickle and I must admit that I enjoy reading 18th century English novels as much if not more than anything I read. For one thing, they assume their readers are educated and have a vocabulary and understanding of human behavior that matches their own. Rather than developing characters simply through their actions, Smollett gives us a complete sketch of personalities before the action occurs, or at the lates, while the action in occurring.

This book is immense and will take many many months to finish in that it is sitting in the TV room. What I am reading depends on which room I'm in at the time of reading. Books usually remain in the rooms in which the reading of them commences.
  rehpii | Jan 3, 2020 |
I found the second half of this novel dragged a bit (due to the inclusion of some fairly lengthy side stories not involving our hero) but overall this satire was a fun look at society & life in the later part of the eighteenth century. Peregrine at times was cruel in some of the jokes he played (especially on the Commodore) and arrogant in his dealings but underneath he has a good heart & he does eventually learn his lesson. ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 12, 2017 |
A looooooooonnnng book about a dandy's escapades. He doesn't learn anything and it just goes round and round: play a trick on someone, have an affair, have a duel, get in trouble, get rescued by trusty sidekick, play a trick on someone else, have a different affair, have another duel, get in trouble... you get the picture. It's not on my list of recommended reads but I would say that it is written fairly well for all that it is at least 500 pages too long so it gets two stars. Well 1.5 really.. ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
I started off listening to this. It took hours to get to the end. But what, in fact, the end turned out to be was simply the end of Volume 1, I had another book to go. I managed to find an ebook version of Volume 2 after a bit of a search. Although I’m glad I read it, boy does Smollet go on… and on… and on.

Peregrine is a young lad who’s virtually abandoned by his birth family and thrust upon the duties of Hawser Trunnion. Thankfully, Pickle is more than wealthy. In fact, he’s so wealthy, he doesn’t realise how wealthy he really is and, after a louche life at Oxford, sets off on a tour of France and Belgium with which most of Vol 1 is concerned. His “adventures” are just mostly him sowing wild oats. Vol 2 charts the inevitable slide into penury and the predictable restoration of his fortunes on more than one front.

So, the strength of this book does not, in any way, lie in the story. For me, the book was a good read because of it’s wonderful satire of 18th century upper class gentry and Smollet’s ability to turn a phrase. He has a very wry style of writing that is subtle humour at its best. On top of that, there are one or two great characters. Pipes and Trunnion, for me, made the book. The way that Smollet crafts their dialogue, almost entirely consisting of nautical references, is fantastic.

But, as with the Musketeers recently, it was the legacy of the book that took it from okay to good. Smollet simply doesn’t know a) when to shut up and b) when not to include a 200 page side narrative. I kid you not about the latter. I thought I was never going to get to the end of the story a lady tells him. What made it even worse was that this lady, and her interminable story, play absolutely no significant role in the story whatsoever. If the book was half as long, it would be far easier to read.

Smollet’s panache for dark humour kept me going although I was glad when it was all over. I’m not sure how much I’m looking forward to seeing how this compares to Smollet’s other characters, Roderick Random and Humphry Clinker. ( )
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Tobias Smollettautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Austen, JohnIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Bouce, Paul-GabrielA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Clifford, James LowryA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Cruikshank, GeorgeIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
King, AlexanderIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Saintsbury, GeorgeA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Ungefähr hundert Meilen von der Hauptstadt lebte in einer gewissen Grafschaft in England, deren eine Seite von der See begrenzt wird, Gamaliel Pickle, Esquire, der Vater des Helden unserer Geschichte.
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Travel through eighteenth-century Europe with aristocratic dandy Peregrine Pickle, a hilarious character plucked from the imagination of famed Scottish author Tobias Smollett. In The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Smollett uses his protagonist as the lens through which to pull off a side-splitting send-up of the ridiculous airs and blatant hypocrisy that were endemic during the era.

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