Pictures from Italy pdf Summary
In 1844, Charles Dickens took a break from novel writing to travel through Italy for almost a year, and Pictures from Italy is an illuminating account of his experiences there. He presents the country like a magic-lantern show, as vivid images ceaselessly appear before his – and his readers’ – eyes. Italy’s most famous sights are all to be found here – St Peter’s in Rome, Naples with Vesuvius smouldering in the background, the fairytale buildings and canals of Venice – but Dickens’s chronicle is not simply that of a tourist. Combining compelling travelogue with piercing social commentary, he portrays a nation of great contrasts: between grandiose buildings and squalid poverty, ancient monuments and everyday life, past and present.
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Pictures from Italy Review (Amazon)
3.0 out of 5 stars Some lovely descriptions, but too much commentary. I’ll just stick with Dickens’ fiction.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020
Charles Dickens took a break from his prolific novel writing career to visit and tour Italy and write a travelogue of the sights and the scenery of some of the most vintage and historical places. In Pictures from Italy, he details his recollections of his visits and, as usual, gives his own take and commentary on particular things that were going on at the time and the state of many of these Italian sights.
So, after finishing this, I am thinking that Dickens is in best form when he is writing a detailed, lengthy work of fiction with eccentric and quirky characters and important themes, not when he is writing nonfiction.
Here, I found the overall tone from Dickens rather snobbish and pretentious. As he details some of the places he visited, he can not help but to inject too much of his commentary into his travelogue, which I found distracting and a tad annoying. I would have preferred if he had just detailed the sights without all the additional social commentary. These sidebars seemingly lessen the reading experience. While I get that much of his make up in creating his fictional works does, in fact, involve the same thing I am complaining about (his own social commentary within his character and plot), here it takes away and comes across as distracting.
Another less than stellar aspect is that the travelogue, which divided very loosely into chapters, has a scattered, uneven sort of feel, as if Dickens is rambling and then moving on to something else without finishing his thought about something he saw or a place he visited.
Pictures from Italy is well-written in the sense that you can certainly visualize through Dickens careful detail and imagery, many of these wonderful Italian cities and historical places. He is in best form in my opinion when he is describing these historical sights and amazing scenery on his visit. I just wish he would have had more of this, and less of the commentary.
I will just stick with Dickens’ fiction writing from now on.
3.0 out of 5 stars The views of the great Brit about Italy are flawed because Britain had also
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2017
Some of the prints were dog-eared, the dust jacket I trashed because it was an eye-soar, otherwise it was ok for an used book. The views of the great Brit about Italy are flawed because Britain had also quite a few unpalatable problems; it is annoying to see how he ridicules 90% of the people: did he ever look at himself in the mirror???
4.0 out of 5 stars Dickens’ account of a year in Italy
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2013
This account of Dickens’s year in Italy with his family,1844-5, is an insight into the man’s all-round appreciation of fresh sights and a different culture. From Genoa to Naples, from his horror at witnessing a public execution to his jesting at commedia theatre, from visiting the Pope to what purports to be Juliet’s bedroom Dickens is full of fun and insight.
About Charles Dicken Author of Pictures from Italy Book pdf Book
The author of a Pictures from Italy pdf Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.
Pictures from Italy pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140434313
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140434316
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Lexile measure : 1240L
- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.8 x 5.05 x 0.65 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #872,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #319 in Historical Italy Biographies
- #1,208 in General Europe Travel Guides
- #1,259 in general Italy Travel Guides
- Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars 101 ratings
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