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Charles Dickens A Life Read ↠ 4 ☆ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Charles Dickens A Life By Claire Tomalin – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin When Charles Dickens died in 1870 The Times of London successfully campaigned The tumultuous life Champion of household harmony Dickens tore his own life apart betraying deceiving and breaking with friends and family while he pursued an obsessive love affair Charles Dickens A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very ualities that made him great his indomitable energy boldness imagination and showmanship finally destroyed him The man who emerges is one of extraordinary contradictions whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his ar. This breakneck biography touches upon all the important events of Boz’s blistering life omitting the copious detail on his journalism covered in Michael Slater’s exhaustively entertaining tome along with too many of the pivotally opinionated rants on social reform and whatnot Tomalin is stronger on Dickens’s personal relationships especially with women and male friends and creates a emotional portrait of a restless but tormented man in comparison with Slater’s love in where Dickens is shown as a dynamo with sparks of lightning streaking from his uill inflaming every room with his lively presence Overly critical of many of the works Tomalin’s enthusiasm for what Dickens does seems to lag at times whereas Slater can barely bring himself to cast aspersions over a single shopping list but the second half of this bio establishes a truly painful tone of weariness physical pain and melancholy which seems accurate for Boz’s post Catherine life he’d lost out on true reciprocal love and clearly his heart had been wounded beyond repair when he embarked on some his most trenchant books Dickens simply seems lost aggressive and lacking the same mercurial magic of his younger years his transformation from energetic buck to grizzled lion is much clearer and painful with Tomalin Detail of the Nelly affair is discussed speculatively here offering a convincing case that Boz did consummate Tomalin published The Invisible Woman about this dark part of his life in 1991 Otherwise a serviceable brisk bio Given Tomalin’s pedigree—several bios of major writers in under a decade—this can’t be taken as an essential work but the writing is adorable
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The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin When Charles Dickens died in The Times of London successfully campaigned for his burial in Westminster Abbey the final resting place of England's kings and heroes Thousands flocked to mourn the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth century England His books had made them laugh shown them the sualor and greed of English life and also the power of personal virtue and the strength of ordinary people In Charles Dickens Kindle his last years Dickens drew adoring crowds to his public appearances had met presidents and princes and had amassed a fortuneLike a hero from his novels Dickens trod a har. I used to read Charles Dickens extensively as my Parents thought I should read books by authors considered to be classics Besides times were different and since there are many young characters in Dickens's novels they believed they were suitable for a teenage girl How mistaken they were Still I am and always will be grateful to them for introducing me to Dickens BTW I suppose my love for thick volumes has its roots in the times when I took Dickens's books into my handsI found this biography superbly researched and written Ms Tomalin did a terrific job writing about Charles's personal life and providing us with the background of all his works I knew nothing about his journeys to America and even less about the problem with royalties from novels published there This thick volume never bored or tired me although I admit the amount of information to digest is really enormous and I can't say I remember all details This was my first and probably the only biography of Charles Dickens as it answered all my general uestions and did painted a picture of an author as a boy a brother a husband a father a lover and a traveller always a 'curious observer who hated being observed'