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American Notes by Charles Dickens

American Notes (1842)

by Charles Dickens

Other authors: Raymond F. Houlihan

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Apparently the 2010s are not the most disgusting period in Washington politics-in the antebellum period acrimonious politics combined with chewing tobacco to make the Capitol a disgusting place
  ritaer | Apr 6, 2015 |
Not as brutal as I thought it might be. Ironically, Mark Twain is much rougher on Americans than Dickens was in this book. Perhaps because Twain was picking on his own ... perhaps because Twain spoke the truth. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 17, 2014 |
I both read and listened to the LibriVox and Gutenberg versions, retreating to Gutenberg when the fake Enlgish accent of one reader grated on my nerves. I kept comparing this to Domestic Manners of the Americans, wherein Fanny Trollope worked herself into a state about the dreadfulness of America, and thought how much more thoroughly enjoyable it was to read Dickens on America. He loved some things, didn't plenty others, but the prose was so enjoyable and the contrasting wit and seriousness made for a far better impression than Mrs. Trollope's diatribe. I was very much taken with his in depth visits and descriptions of American prisons, which I didn't expect. The depth of feeling against the solitary confinement prison was powerfully expressed. Overall, very very enjoyable.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Fascinating narrative of Dickens' trip to America. This travel book gives all the delicious historical details usually missing from similar works and from novels. You get all the spit, filth, and tortuous travel details (the story of the canal travel is particularly entertaining) as well as his impressions of various American Institutions. This is both an interesting tale in and of itself as well as a treasure trove of historical information. ( )
1 vote grundlecat | Nov 14, 2010 |
A vivid and entertaining account of Charles Dickens's visit to America. ( )
1 vote jcelrod | Mar 20, 2010 |
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Charles Dickensprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Houlihan, Raymond F.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ingham, PatriciaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingham, PatriciaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wall, StephenChronologysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I dedicate this book to those friends of mine in America who, giving me a welcome I must ever gratefully and proudly remember, left my judgement free; and who, loving their country, can bear the truth, when it is told good humouredly, and in a kind spirit.
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I shall never forget the one-fourth serious and three-fourths comical astonishment, with which, on the morning of the third of January eighteen-hundred-and-forty-two, I opened the door of, and put my head into, a 'state-room' on board the Britannia steam-packet, twelve hundred tons burthen per register, bound for Halifax and Boston, and carrying her Majesty's mails.
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Charles Dickens was the most famous of many travelers of his time who journeyed to America, curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank, often humorous descriptions in his 1842 account cover everything from his uncomfortable sea voyage to an ecstatic narrative of his visit to Niagara Falls. Yet Dickens is also critical of American society, its preoccupation with money, and reliance on slavery, as well as the rude, unsavory manners of Americans and their corrupt press. Above all, American Notes is a lively chronicle of what was for Dickens an illuminating encounter with the New World.

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"'I have made up my mind (with God's leave) to go to America - and to start as soon after Christmas as it will be safe'" "So wrote an exuberant Dickens shortly before his voyage to America in 1842. He was the most famous of many travellers of his time who journeyed to the New World, curious to find out about the revolutionary new civilization which had captured the English imagination. His frank, often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically uncomfortable sea voyage to his wonder at the Niagara Falls. In general Dickens is critical of what he saw as a society ruled by money and partly built on slavery, with unsavoury manners and a corrupt press. His unfavourable account provoked a hostile response in America and Britain, although he was to change his opinion later."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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