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I have waited ages for an audio version of American Notes, always having taken a copy with me on trips to America and never having read it. Peter Joyce's version does not disappoint, it's a sheer and utter joy. Americans may feel uncomfortable about the mirror that Dickens held up to their 'new country', but he went there with the best intentions, hoping that the republic would thrive and throw off all the class struggles of the old country/continent. He hated the chewing of tobacco and the continual spitting, something you rarely see in its genuine form in historic films. Every member of congress had their own desk and their own spittoon.
It's interesting to read between the lines the restraint in his writing, plus the detail of his travel arrangements - the sleeping and eating and the minutiae of day-to-day routine.
What other book might you compare American Notes to, and why?
Peter Joyce is certainly a match for the great Dickens one-man-show actors such as Simon Callow.