Dickens was as strongly opinionated as ever but, nevertheless, kept the promise he made in the Preface and refused to mention politics - though he is not reticent about condemning the poverty. It was more difficult to stop his pen when it came to religious matters. Although he apologised in case of any misunderstanding his comments regarding the excesses of piety and profit, there can be no misunderstanding what he thought - particularly in one episode in Rome involving a ‘holy staircase’Anyone familiar with his fiction will recognise the atmospheric and beguiling descriptions of this fascinating country, rich in art, character and scenery. This ‘alternative’ travel guide must have been an excellent substitute for those not wealthy enough to make the tour themselves.
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By William on 22-08-13
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Peter Joyce's reading is simply so bad that he has managed to ruin this book. His complete inability to read a full sentence without marking a pause every three words with such arrogance demonstrates his complete and utter lack of comprehension of literary verve. He should have been sacked after having read the title.
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this reader is so illiterate that Microsoft Sam could do a better job.
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