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American Notes: A Journey

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens's 1842 trip to America was in some ways a disaster. Dickens was fascinated by the still-evolving American experiment in democracy, and expected his own egalitarian views to be confirmed by his travels there. Instead, what he found repelled … see full wiki

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Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Quiet Vision Pub
Date Published: May 31, 2004
2 reviews about American Notes: A Journey
review by . September 23, 2013
In the introduction he wrote but wasn't included in the original edition of the journal of his first American visit, Dickens admits to being disappointed by the country and people he saw there.  As one of his biggest fans reading this after all of his other fiction, I confess that that is exactly my reaction to his American Notes-disappointment.      Dickens, still a young writer in 1842 at the time of his first visit, was already a literary star worthy of the dubious …
review by . December 28, 2008
Pros: Excellent, entertaining travel log that presents fascinating aspects of American culture.     Cons: Not politically-correct, by modern standards.     The Bottom Line: If I claimed that this was better than any of Dickens' fiction, would you believe me? Likely not, so I urge you to go and see for yourself!     THE SPLENDID STATELINESS OF SIMPLICITY         "That this state-room had been specially …
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