American Notes For General Circulation

American Notes For General Circulation[Epub] ➟ American Notes For General Circulation ➠ Charles Dickens – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A fascinating account of nineteenth century America sketched with Charles Dickens s characteristic wit and charm When Charles Dickens set out for America in he was the most famous man of his day to t A fascinating account of nineteenth century America sketched For General PDF/EPUB é with Charles Dickens s characteristic wit and charm When Charles Dickens set out for America inhe was the most famous man of his day to travel there curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his American Notes PDF/EPUB ² comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts and found them exemplary But Dickens s opinion of America as a land ruled by money, built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of Notes For General Kindle Ï the Atlantic American Notes is an illuminating account of a great writer s revelatory encounter with the New World In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines the response the book received when it was published, and compares it with similar travel writings of the period and with Dickens s fiction, in particularMartin Chuzzlewit This edition includes an updated chronology, appendices and notes For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators. Charles Dickens American Notes for General Circulation, a travelogue of his trip around the U.S and Canada from January through June 1842, was not well received in the United States Dickens views of America and Americans were generally not unfair, in fact, many of his observations were right on target He did not neglect the many positive aspects of American life and society, but Americans of his day, by British standards, were coarse, dirty, ill mannered, too familiar with strangers, and of Charles Dickens American Notes for General Circulation, a travelogue of his trip around the U.S and Canada from January through June 1842, was not well received in the United States Dickens views of America and Americans were generally not unfair, in fact, many of his observations were right on target He did not neglect the many positive aspects of American life and society, but Americans of his day, by British standards, were coarse, dirty, ill mannered, too familiar with strangers, and often downright belligerent Dickens was astounded at the propensity of Americans to resort to violence over the most minor occurrences, but he saved his keenest arrow to pierce slavery He lambasted the hypocrisy of a nation which boasted loudly of republican principles while resting in large part on a foundation of human bondage This view was not a formula for popularity No people anywhere like the self deception inherent in their proclaimed values to be pointed out too explicitly Even though Dickens criticisms often carried a heady whiff of English middle class snootiness, to American readers they cut a little too close to the bone American Notes for General Circulation is worth reading as a sharp eyed glimpse into the antebellum era in America by a savvy observer It is good Three Star material Charles Dickens, in my opinion, is a severely overrated, rather self important and self righteous bore So I don t like most of this books.This time, though, while he s still a self important and self righteous bore whose sense of humour essentially is based entirely on the assumption that the rest of the world is stupid which, admittedly, is a fair assumption to make , he actually manages to turn these traits to his advantage It s not very nice being all the aforementioned while writing ficti Charles Dickens, in my opinion, is a severely overrated, rather self important and self righteous bore So I don t like most of this books.This time, though, while he s still a self important and self righteous bore whose sense of humour essentially is based entirely on the assumption that the rest of the world is stupid which, admittedly, is a fair assumption to make , he actually manages to turn these traits to his advantage It s not very nice being all the aforementioned while writing fiction, but extremely entertaining to the reader in a travel memoir just ask Twain After all, Innocents Abroad is the quintessence of these traits.Dickens account of America is entertaining, too, because it s rather fascinating to see how the world changed since he was there Sometimes in rather spectacular ways Let s take an example the amazed soliloquies about the moral enlightenment and advanced tactic inherent in the silent discipline prison system Where, you guessed it, no prisoners are allowed to talk to each other, ever Shudder though you might it s an excellent demonstration of both how people thought then about moral issues and character, and how bad London prisons must have been.Entertaining, too, are his predictions concerning America s future For example Washington D.C is half empty, and likely to remain so, because nobody who doesn t have to would ever come here It s also rather amusing to discover that Americans got into the habit of chewing stuff tobacco rather than gum already as far back as the 1800s, and that even at that point in time they ate meat three times a day.It s not as insightful as Tocqueville s travelogue which actually becomes philosophy and political science , but it is entertaining, and though Dickens representation of America seems a little detached from the reality of even the America of the time not to mention of today it s certainly a glimpse.P.S On a personal note, as an Old Worlder who lived for a period in that extremely organized and planned country, I was terribly amused by Dickens comment, describing either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia I can t recall which as too organized and laid out and saying that after a while he was willing to give an eye for the sight of a curved street Amen to that, Dickens I m going to start by saying I don t recommend this book for anyone who has to read is for a school course Books like this should never be read under duress Also, if you read this book, I recommend saving the introductory matter for last and beginning with Dickens narrative.Although he was a bestselling and well known author at the time of his trip to America, Dickens had only published a handful of works and was only 29 at the time he embarked He d just lost his job as a journalist in 1839, I m going to start by saying I don t recommend this book for anyone who has to read is for a school course Books like this should never be read under duress Also, if you read this book, I recommend saving the introductory matter for last and beginning with Dickens narrative.Although he was a bestselling and well known author at the time of his trip to America, Dickens had only published a handful of works and was only 29 at the time he embarked He d just lost his job as a journalist in 1839, so he probably didn t see himself solely as a writer of fiction in January 1842 I suspect, in visiting prisons, mental institutions, Congress, and making observations not only about slavery, but regarding Temperance, various religions and society, his idea was not only to write a travelogue, but to bring home materials for many other articles about America as well, to be sold to whatever periodicals would pay I m glad this wasn t a simple travelogue, because history would have lost out on a beautifully detailed view of the early American Republic.I found the most amazing parts of American Notes to be Dickens depictions of traveling itself Between crossing the North Atlantic in the middle of winter 50 years before the Titantic, stagecoaches constantly mired in mud, and the early days of steamboating, when the contraptions werelikely to explode than not, it s a wonder he survived the journey The world might never have seen A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, or any of his other later works.I loved his humor in American Notes His unabridged short stories have that kind of humor, but most, even A Christmas Carol, have had the humor edited out over the years American Notes very much reminded me of Mark Twain s travel books Twain almost certainly read Dickens and was influenced by him.But, of course, the best of American Notes is Dickens writing his descriptions, his characterizations, the way he puts words together And also the insight we get into Charles Dickens, the person In this book, we see nineteenth century Washington congressmen hocking tobacco juice loogies all over the Congressional carpets This book is awesome American Notes for General Circulation is a portrait of 1842 America and Americans unlike any I d ever encountered Probably because, as it turns out, Americans liked Dickens s social commentary about stuff like Oliver Twist not getting a little , but didn t so much want to hear critiques about themselves Typical And so the book hasn t come d In this book, we see nineteenth century Washington congressmen hocking tobacco juice loogies all over the Congressional carpets This book is awesome American Notes for General Circulation is a portrait of 1842 America and Americans unlike any I d ever encountered Probably because, as it turns out, Americans liked Dickens s social commentary about stuff like Oliver Twist not getting a little , but didn t so much want to hear critiques about themselves Typical And so the book hasn t come down in the classic US canon for the ages.I think that maybe it should have I m still haunted by Dickens s image of traveling west, pre railroad, through a soggy brown wasteland of gigantic stumps and tiny shacks Little House on the Prairie it ain t And the discomfort, difficulty and danger seems like those newfangled steam ships had a tendency to explode of Dickens s journey is riveting in itself, down to the descriptions of the shipboard accommodations, particularly the cuisine look for it.But it s not all jolly in travelogue land Dickens found the institution of slavery so repugnant that a well deserved excoriation of the US for tolerating it is a major focus of the book Yay, Dickens But did anyone else notice that in the midst of his knight errantry on behalf of the enslaved and impoverished, his treatment of women was rather problematic I mean, he spends a not insignificant portion of the book checking out hot Yankee babes in kind of a creepy way , making scathing remarks about those Cambridge, MA bluestockings, and presenting his wife in a less than flattering light Boo, Dickens Now writing three dimensional women was not exactly Dickens s strong suit, but I ve always cut him some Victorian male slack on that one But as he served up yet another ogle, something gave, and I haven t been able to cut him quite the same length of slack since.My issues with Dickens and women didn t scuttle the book, though, which is hilarious, insightful and feels awfully familiar Thethings change It is a universal truth that thethings change, thethey stay the same It is also a universal truth that we speak and write in cliches The traveler s view of America, written in 1842 has many uncomfortable truths to say to us in the America of 2013 That this traveler was Charles Dickens, already a critic of his country s poverty laws, government institutions, and the darker aspects of its culture, means that the US was about to face a reckoning a literary one eighteen years befor It is a universal truth that thethings change, thethey stay the same It is also a universal truth that we speak and write in cliches The traveler s view of America, written in 1842 has many uncomfortable truths to say to us in the America of 2013 That this traveler was Charles Dickens, already a critic of his country s poverty laws, government institutions, and the darker aspects of its culture, means that the US was about to face a reckoning a literary one eighteen years before the real one Dickens is well aware of the problem that that apocalyptic bloodletting will address He writes almost all of the book as an account by train, carriage and ship through Eastern and Midwest America, in chronological order, and then he changes the structure and has a chapter called Slavery His feelings are not equivocal and he makes no attempt to hide them When the comic travails of his journeys pass, he has some sober and harsh words for the country he saw.In short, he laments slavery, the obsession with business, the dearth of imagination and playfulness, the terrible press, the trade, and the psychological American condition of distrusting everything Who will read these concluding remarks and not think of our own problems now We in our era have racism, the obsession with business, the dearth of the creative in generating new ideas, the terrible press, the exports from China, and still, like an immortal weed, the American condition of distrusting everything so much so that about 60% of eligible voters voted in the last election And then we wonder why our government is so bad Dickens actually talks about this He speaks about the erosion of American public office from these corrosive influences And because he is Dickens, he has to visit the prisons and the mental wards of this country Being a international best selling author, he is allowed access, and boy, does he use his influence and prodigious verbal gifts to describe them There is the justly famous, sympathetic and empathetic account of the horrors of solitary confinement The Americans don t seem to put themselves in each others shoes, so they can t imagine they are doing a terrible thing to their fellow men There is the opposite and bright story of Laura Bridgman, a blind and deaf girl who manages to learn and navigate the horrors of her darkness as Helen Keller did There is a visit to the Lowell factories, that social experiment Dickens approves of There are comical tales of the city featuring itinerant pigs He does his best to record the essence of the country he sees the good and the bad and not to be diplomatic or use false words in that description, but to be honest, direct, moral, and true In this time of national criticism being equated with and dismissed as national hate, this book is an important reminder that the highest form of patriotism is in fact looking with clear eyes at your country s flaws, writing down what you see so that you can begin to change them.One person has identity, character and personality A country is after all a group of millions of people and in the collective, a country, like the individual, has identity, character and personality As with a man, a country can admit mistakes, learn from them, and grow The sad truth of this book being read today is that America is in a state of arrested development and has been for a time Amazing, and screamingly funny sometimes, especially the part about hogs touring Broadway, and tobacco chewing in Washington, D.C Very touching, too His portrait of the enlightened Perkins Institute for the Blind is fascinating, especially the part about Laura Bridgman, one of the first deaf blind students, who was about 13 at the time he visited He contrasts this with the institutions for paupers in New York, which were at least as squalid and cruel as those in England His exposure of the i Amazing, and screamingly funny sometimes, especially the part about hogs touring Broadway, and tobacco chewing in Washington, D.C Very touching, too His portrait of the enlightened Perkins Institute for the Blind is fascinating, especially the part about Laura Bridgman, one of the first deaf blind students, who was about 13 at the time he visited He contrasts this with the institutions for paupers in New York, which were at least as squalid and cruel as those in England His exposure of the inhumane system at the Eastern State Penitentiary eventually led to fundamental changes at that prison I ve been enjoying Dickens a lot this summer, and it s occurred to me that he and similar writers deserve a lot of credit for changes in social conditions over the last two centuries They did not do the essential legwork, but in an age without photography, they exposed the results of inhumanity, cruelty, and indifference Dickens wrote about the English Poor Laws that imprisoned debtors without trial, food, clothing, or hope Little Dorrit religious and secular charity that punished and used orphans Oliver Twist and society that subjugated and humilated women and children for the benefit of wealthy men Nicholas Nickleby Harriet Beecher Stowe flouted polite society and exposed the brutal reality of American slavery in fact, she toned down the reality, but what she showed was bad enough to galvanize the sleepy emancipation movement Upton Sinclair pulled no punches in his portrait of the abuses of meat plant workers, and his work led Americans to demand massive reforms American Notes, by the wonderful Charles Dickens, is one of the best books I ever read Top 10 No Top 20 Definitely In 1842, the 30 year old Dickens spent a few months in the United States, and even visited President Tyler in the White House Dickens very honest opinions on what he saw and experienced were a bit too much for some Americans , who didn t like Dickens views on slavery, which he rightfully could not compromise with Dickens visited Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Wa American Notes, by the wonderful Charles Dickens, is one of the best books I ever read Top 10 No Top 20 Definitely In 1842, the 30 year old Dickens spent a few months in the United States, and even visited President Tyler in the White House Dickens very honest opinions on what he saw and experienced were a bit too much for some Americans , who didn t like Dickens views on slavery, which he rightfully could not compromise with Dickens visited Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Balti, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, even St Louis, and he traveled to Canada His descriptions of his travels via steamboat, railroad, stagecoach, and horseback are a pleasure to read, as his humor and sarcasm adds spice to the mix His description of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is a gem, not to mention an eye opener Considering the fact that I read not for pleasure, but for learning, I will forever refer to this book when I think of the development of American culture, in all its glory and absurdity The famous quarrel between Charles Dickens and America Can t say he didn t take on a worthy opponentI mean, a whole country Dickens, as usual, is larger than the life he portrays.Though Dickens primarily made his views known through works of fiction, and many of his arguments with America were laid out similarly in Martin Chuzzlewit, it seems he couldn t keep from expounding upon those ideas in a full blown work As a whole, Dickens admires America and knows that America s brand of democrac The famous quarrel between Charles Dickens and America Can t say he didn t take on a worthy opponentI mean, a whole country Dickens, as usual, is larger than the life he portrays.Though Dickens primarily made his views known through works of fiction, and many of his arguments with America were laid out similarly in Martin Chuzzlewit, it seems he couldn t keep from expounding upon those ideas in a full blown work As a whole, Dickens admires America and knows that America s brand of democracy is the future of democracy which scares him frightfully Like a mother watching her child become an adult, he offers lots of criticism and advice From a review But on the other hand, his whole point against the American experiment was this that if it ignored certain ancient English contributions it would go to pieces for lack of them Of these the first was good manners and the second individual liberty liberty, that is, to speak and write against the trend of the majority In a time when good manners have all but washed down the drain and certain political mindsets threaten to stifle the minority opinion, it is rather depressing to read this advice from the distant past America, widely perceived as a rebellious child, makes good on her image once again Perhaps, though, she ll make it through adolescence and see the wisdom in mother s advice A really interesting book written by Charles Dickens about his visit to the U.S in the late 1840 s early 1850 s An outsider s view of the good and the bad about the U.S a few years before the beginning of the Great Civil War Many surprising facts Dickens had especially strong views about slavery in America. Amusing humane travelogue Focuses on journeys and public institutions Denounces slavery.

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub Dickens s opinion of America as a land ruled by money, built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of Notes For General Kindle Ï the Atlantic American Notes is an illuminating account of a great writer s revelatory encounter with the New World In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines the response the book received when it was published, and compares it with similar travel writings of the period and with Dickens s fiction, in particularMartin Chuzzlewit This edition includes an updated chronology, appendices and notes For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators. Charles Dickens American Notes for General Circulation, a travelogue of his trip around the U.S and Canada from January through June 1842, was not well received in the United States Dickens views of America and Americans were generally not unfair, in fact, many of his observations were right on target He did not neglect the many positive aspects of American life and society, but Americans of his day, by British standards, were coarse, dirty, ill mannered, too familiar with strangers, and of Charles Dickens American Notes for General Circulation, a travelogue of his trip around the U.S and Canada from January through June 1842, was not well received in the United States Dickens views of America and Americans were generally not unfair, in fact, many of his observations were right on target He did not neglect the many positive aspects of American life and society, but Americans of his day, by British standards, were coarse, dirty, ill mannered, too familiar with strangers, and often downright belligerent Dickens was astounded at the propensity of Americans to resort to violence over the most minor occurrences, but he saved his keenest arrow to pierce slavery He lambasted the hypocrisy of a nation which boasted loudly of republican principles while resting in large part on a foundation of human bondage This view was not a formula for popularity No people anywhere like the self deception inherent in their proclaimed values to be pointed out too explicitly Even though Dickens criticisms often carried a heady whiff of English middle class snootiness, to American readers they cut a little too close to the bone American Notes for General Circulation is worth reading as a sharp eyed glimpse into the antebellum era in America by a savvy observer It is good Three Star material Charles Dickens, in my opinion, is a severely overrated, rather self important and self righteous bore So I don t like most of this books.This time, though, while he s still a self important and self righteous bore whose sense of humour essentially is based entirely on the assumption that the rest of the world is stupid which, admittedly, is a fair assumption to make , he actually manages to turn these traits to his advantage It s not very nice being all the aforementioned while writing ficti Charles Dickens, in my opinion, is a severely overrated, rather self important and self righteous bore So I don t like most of this books.This time, though, while he s still a self important and self righteous bore whose sense of humour essentially is based entirely on the assumption that the rest of the world is stupid which, admittedly, is a fair assumption to make , he actually manages to turn these traits to his advantage It s not very nice being all the aforementioned while writing fiction, but extremely entertaining to the reader in a travel memoir just ask Twain After all, Innocents Abroad is the quintessence of these traits.Dickens account of America is entertaining, too, because it s rather fascinating to see how the world changed since he was there Sometimes in rather spectacular ways Let s take an example the amazed soliloquies about the moral enlightenment and advanced tactic inherent in the silent discipline prison system Where, you guessed it, no prisoners are allowed to talk to each other, ever Shudder though you might it s an excellent demonstration of both how people thought then about moral issues and character, and how bad London prisons must have been.Entertaining, too, are his predictions concerning America s future For example Washington D.C is half empty, and likely to remain so, because nobody who doesn t have to would ever come here It s also rather amusing to discover that Americans got into the habit of chewing stuff tobacco rather than gum already as far back as the 1800s, and that even at that point in time they ate meat three times a day.It s not as insightful as Tocqueville s travelogue which actually becomes philosophy and political science , but it is entertaining, and though Dickens representation of America seems a little detached from the reality of even the America of the time not to mention of today it s certainly a glimpse.P.S On a personal note, as an Old Worlder who lived for a period in that extremely organized and planned country, I was terribly amused by Dickens comment, describing either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia I can t recall which as too organized and laid out and saying that after a while he was willing to give an eye for the sight of a curved street Amen to that, Dickens I m going to start by saying I don t recommend this book for anyone who has to read is for a school course Books like this should never be read under duress Also, if you read this book, I recommend saving the introductory matter for last and beginning with Dickens narrative.Although he was a bestselling and well known author at the time of his trip to America, Dickens had only published a handful of works and was only 29 at the time he embarked He d just lost his job as a journalist in 1839, I m going to start by saying I don t recommend this book for anyone who has to read is for a school course Books like this should never be read under duress Also, if you read this book, I recommend saving the introductory matter for last and beginning with Dickens narrative.Although he was a bestselling and well known author at the time of his trip to America, Dickens had only published a handful of works and was only 29 at the time he embarked He d just lost his job as a journalist in 1839, so he probably didn t see himself solely as a writer of fiction in January 1842 I suspect, in visiting prisons, mental institutions, Congress, and making observations not only about slavery, but regarding Temperance, various religions and society, his idea was not only to write a travelogue, but to bring home materials for many other articles about America as well, to be sold to whatever periodicals would pay I m glad this wasn t a simple travelogue, because history would have lost out on a beautifully detailed view of the early American Republic.I found the most amazing parts of American Notes to be Dickens depictions of traveling itself Between crossing the North Atlantic in the middle of winter 50 years before the Titantic, stagecoaches constantly mired in mud, and the early days of steamboating, when the contraptions werelikely to explode than not, it s a wonder he survived the journey The world might never have seen A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, or any of his other later works.I loved his humor in American Notes His unabridged short stories have that kind of humor, but most, even A Christmas Carol, have had the humor edited out over the years American Notes very much reminded me of Mark Twain s travel books Twain almost certainly read Dickens and was influenced by him.But, of course, the best of American Notes is Dickens writing his descriptions, his characterizations, the way he puts words together And also the insight we get into Charles Dickens, the person In this book, we see nineteenth century Washington congressmen hocking tobacco juice loogies all over the Congressional carpets This book is awesome American Notes for General Circulation is a portrait of 1842 America and Americans unlike any I d ever encountered Probably because, as it turns out, Americans liked Dickens s social commentary about stuff like Oliver Twist not getting a little , but didn t so much want to hear critiques about themselves Typical And so the book hasn t come d In this book, we see nineteenth century Washington congressmen hocking tobacco juice loogies all over the Congressional carpets This book is awesome American Notes for General Circulation is a portrait of 1842 America and Americans unlike any I d ever encountered Probably because, as it turns out, Americans liked Dickens s social commentary about stuff like Oliver Twist not getting a little , but didn t so much want to hear critiques about themselves Typical And so the book hasn t come down in the classic US canon for the ages.I think that maybe it should have I m still haunted by Dickens s image of traveling west, pre railroad, through a soggy brown wasteland of gigantic stumps and tiny shacks Little House on the Prairie it ain t And the discomfort, difficulty and danger seems like those newfangled steam ships had a tendency to explode of Dickens s journey is riveting in itself, down to the descriptions of the shipboard accommodations, particularly the cuisine look for it.But it s not all jolly in travelogue land Dickens found the institution of slavery so repugnant that a well deserved excoriation of the US for tolerating it is a major focus of the book Yay, Dickens But did anyone else notice that in the midst of his knight errantry on behalf of the enslaved and impoverished, his treatment of women was rather problematic I mean, he spends a not insignificant portion of the book checking out hot Yankee babes in kind of a creepy way , making scathing remarks about those Cambridge, MA bluestockings, and presenting his wife in a less than flattering light Boo, Dickens Now writing three dimensional women was not exactly Dickens s strong suit, but I ve always cut him some Victorian male slack on that one But as he served up yet another ogle, something gave, and I haven t been able to cut him quite the same length of slack since.My issues with Dickens and women didn t scuttle the book, though, which is hilarious, insightful and feels awfully familiar Thethings change It is a universal truth that thethings change, thethey stay the same It is also a universal truth that we speak and write in cliches The traveler s view of America, written in 1842 has many uncomfortable truths to say to us in the America of 2013 That this traveler was Charles Dickens, already a critic of his country s poverty laws, government institutions, and the darker aspects of its culture, means that the US was about to face a reckoning a literary one eighteen years befor It is a universal truth that thethings change, thethey stay the same It is also a universal truth that we speak and write in cliches The traveler s view of America, written in 1842 has many uncomfortable truths to say to us in the America of 2013 That this traveler was Charles Dickens, already a critic of his country s poverty laws, government institutions, and the darker aspects of its culture, means that the US was about to face a reckoning a literary one eighteen years before the real one Dickens is well aware of the problem that that apocalyptic bloodletting will address He writes almost all of the book as an account by train, carriage and ship through Eastern and Midwest America, in chronological order, and then he changes the structure and has a chapter called Slavery His feelings are not equivocal and he makes no attempt to hide them When the comic travails of his journeys pass, he has some sober and harsh words for the country he saw.In short, he laments slavery, the obsession with business, the dearth of imagination and playfulness, the terrible press, the trade, and the psychological American condition of distrusting everything Who will read these concluding remarks and not think of our own problems now We in our era have racism, the obsession with business, the dearth of the creative in generating new ideas, the terrible press, the exports from China, and still, like an immortal weed, the American condition of distrusting everything so much so that about 60% of eligible voters voted in the last election And then we wonder why our government is so bad Dickens actually talks about this He speaks about the erosion of American public office from these corrosive influences And because he is Dickens, he has to visit the prisons and the mental wards of this country Being a international best selling author, he is allowed access, and boy, does he use his influence and prodigious verbal gifts to describe them There is the justly famous, sympathetic and empathetic account of the horrors of solitary confinement The Americans don t seem to put themselves in each others shoes, so they can t imagine they are doing a terrible thing to their fellow men There is the opposite and bright story of Laura Bridgman, a blind and deaf girl who manages to learn and navigate the horrors of her darkness as Helen Keller did There is a visit to the Lowell factories, that social experiment Dickens approves of There are comical tales of the city featuring itinerant pigs He does his best to record the essence of the country he sees the good and the bad and not to be diplomatic or use false words in that description, but to be honest, direct, moral, and true In this time of national criticism being equated with and dismissed as national hate, this book is an important reminder that the highest form of patriotism is in fact looking with clear eyes at your country s flaws, writing down what you see so that you can begin to change them.One person has identity, character and personality A country is after all a group of millions of people and in the collective, a country, like the individual, has identity, character and personality As with a man, a country can admit mistakes, learn from them, and grow The sad truth of this book being read today is that America is in a state of arrested development and has been for a time Amazing, and screamingly funny sometimes, especially the part about hogs touring Broadway, and tobacco chewing in Washington, D.C Very touching, too His portrait of the enlightened Perkins Institute for the Blind is fascinating, especially the part about Laura Bridgman, one of the first deaf blind students, who was about 13 at the time he visited He contrasts this with the institutions for paupers in New York, which were at least as squalid and cruel as those in England His exposure of the i Amazing, and screamingly funny sometimes, especially the part about hogs touring Broadway, and tobacco chewing in Washington, D.C Very touching, too His portrait of the enlightened Perkins Institute for the Blind is fascinating, especially the part about Laura Bridgman, one of the first deaf blind students, who was about 13 at the time he visited He contrasts this with the institutions for paupers in New York, which were at least as squalid and cruel as those in England His exposure of the inhumane system at the Eastern State Penitentiary eventually led to fundamental changes at that prison I ve been enjoying Dickens a lot this summer, and it s occurred to me that he and similar writers deserve a lot of credit for changes in social conditions over the last two centuries They did not do the essential legwork, but in an age without photography, they exposed the results of inhumanity, cruelty, and indifference Dickens wrote about the English Poor Laws that imprisoned debtors without trial, food, clothing, or hope Little Dorrit religious and secular charity that punished and used orphans Oliver Twist and society that subjugated and humilated women and children for the benefit of wealthy men Nicholas Nickleby Harriet Beecher Stowe flouted polite society and exposed the brutal reality of American slavery in fact, she toned down the reality, but what she showed was bad enough to galvanize the sleepy emancipation movement Upton Sinclair pulled no punches in his portrait of the abuses of meat plant workers, and his work led Americans to demand massive reforms American Notes, by the wonderful Charles Dickens, is one of the best books I ever read Top 10 No Top 20 Definitely In 1842, the 30 year old Dickens spent a few months in the United States, and even visited President Tyler in the White House Dickens very honest opinions on what he saw and experienced were a bit too much for some Americans , who didn t like Dickens views on slavery, which he rightfully could not compromise with Dickens visited Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Wa American Notes, by the wonderful Charles Dickens, is one of the best books I ever read Top 10 No Top 20 Definitely In 1842, the 30 year old Dickens spent a few months in the United States, and even visited President Tyler in the White House Dickens very honest opinions on what he saw and experienced were a bit too much for some Americans , who didn t like Dickens views on slavery, which he rightfully could not compromise with Dickens visited Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Balti, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, even St Louis, and he traveled to Canada His descriptions of his travels via steamboat, railroad, stagecoach, and horseback are a pleasure to read, as his humor and sarcasm adds spice to the mix His description of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is a gem, not to mention an eye opener Considering the fact that I read not for pleasure, but for learning, I will forever refer to this book when I think of the development of American culture, in all its glory and absurdity The famous quarrel between Charles Dickens and America Can t say he didn t take on a worthy opponentI mean, a whole country Dickens, as usual, is larger than the life he portrays.Though Dickens primarily made his views known through works of fiction, and many of his arguments with America were laid out similarly in Martin Chuzzlewit, it seems he couldn t keep from expounding upon those ideas in a full blown work As a whole, Dickens admires America and knows that America s brand of democrac The famous quarrel between Charles Dickens and America Can t say he didn t take on a worthy opponentI mean, a whole country Dickens, as usual, is larger than the life he portrays.Though Dickens primarily made his views known through works of fiction, and many of his arguments with America were laid out similarly in Martin Chuzzlewit, it seems he couldn t keep from expounding upon those ideas in a full blown work As a whole, Dickens admires America and knows that America s brand of democracy is the future of democracy which scares him frightfully Like a mother watching her child become an adult, he offers lots of criticism and advice From a review But on the other hand, his whole point against the American experiment was this that if it ignored certain ancient English contributions it would go to pieces for lack of them Of these the first was good manners and the second individual liberty liberty, that is, to speak and write against the trend of the majority In a time when good manners have all but washed down the drain and certain political mindsets threaten to stifle the minority opinion, it is rather depressing to read this advice from the distant past America, widely perceived as a rebellious child, makes good on her image once again Perhaps, though, she ll make it through adolescence and see the wisdom in mother s advice A really interesting book written by Charles Dickens about his visit to the U.S in the late 1840 s early 1850 s An outsider s view of the good and the bad about the U.S a few years before the beginning of the Great Civil War Many surprising facts Dickens had especially strong views about slavery in America. Amusing humane travelogue Focuses on journeys and public institutions Denounces slavery. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • American Notes For General Circulation
  • Charles Dickens
  • English
  • 11 February 2019
  • 0140436499