Wealthy and old, Martin Chuzzlewit, Sr. is surrounded by greedy relatives hoping to obtain a portion of his estate upon his death. Of his two descendants, born and bred in the same heritage of selfishness, one, Martin Jr., has the good fortune to transform, while the other, Jonas, does not and receives a fatal penalty.More
"Davidson's fully voiced reading is marvelous and adds a great deal to the as-if spoken prose style in which it is written." (
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Wit as never before Chuzzled
Not my favourite, but still thoroughly enjoyable
I probably would have given up on this novel within the first couple of chapters if I were reading it. I really needed it bringing to life by Frederick Davidson. I have learned with Charles Dickens later novels, by which I mean post Nicholas Nickleby, to persevere and the effort will be well rewarded and that was the case here.
My favourite character is Mark Tapley, I wish I had a bit more of his attitude, optimism, humour and good nature!
Oh definately Seth Pecksniff!
The way Tom Pinch was exploited by Pecksniff was deplorable
I wasn't sure about the American visit, it was clever, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the rest of the novel and found it a bit too satirical and, frankly, a bit hypocritical coming from an Englishman!