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The Lazy Tour Of Two Idle Apprentices

The Lazy Tour Of Two Idle Apprentices A delightful meditation on the pleasures of bachelor bonding and an example of collaborative journalism at its best In autumn Charles Dickens embarked on a sightseeing trip to Cumberland with hi

  • Title: The Lazy Tour Of Two Idle Apprentices
  • Author: Charles Dickens Wilkie Collins
  • ISBN: 9781576467121
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • A delightful meditation on the pleasures of bachelor bonding and an example of collaborative journalism at its best In autumn 1857, Charles Dickens embarked on a sightseeing trip to Cumberland with his friend, the rising star of literature Wilkie Collins Writing together, they reported their adventures for Dickens periodical Household Words, producing a showcase of bothA delightful meditation on the pleasures of bachelor bonding and an example of collaborative journalism at its best In autumn 1857, Charles Dickens embarked on a sightseeing trip to Cumberland with his friend, the rising star of literature Wilkie Collins Writing together, they reported their adventures for Dickens periodical Household Words, producing a showcase of both long cherished and entirely novel sides of these well loved men of letters Boasting two ghost stories from undisputed masters of the genre, it also uniquely demonstrates their glee in caricaturing themselves and one another Collins assumes the identity of Thomas Idle a born and bred idler and Dickens that of Francis Goodchild laboriously idle Through their fictional counterparts, the men relentlessly satirize Dickens maniacal energy and Collins idleness The result is an exuberant diary of a journey and a rare insight into one of literature s most famed and intriguing friendships.

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    1. Charles Dickens Wilkie Collins

      Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

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    1. 3.5I haven’t read Bill Bryson’s walking-memoir (or seen the movie), but I've seen it described as a hilarious account of his hiking with an inept sidekick, so I’m tempted to say it’s been done before with this possibly exaggerated but true story of the walking tour Charles Dickens took with his friend and fellow-writer Wilkie Collins. The two self-styled idle apprentices—one of whom is not constitutionally made for idleness—are taking a break from their employer, Literature. (Though, [...]


    2. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices was co-written by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins and features two characters (Mr. Goodchild and Mr. Idle) that are stand-ins for these two. It is told over the course of what was originally five issues of Dickens' journal Household Words and depicts an "idle" (but actually quite frantic) vacation, with long walks/hikes and explorations of inns and other places. In the course, it also includes two long standalone stories--both gothic ghost stories, one th [...]


    3. “In the autumn month of September, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, wherein these presents bear date, two idle apprentices, exhausted by the long, hot summer and the long, hot work it had brought with it, ran away from their employer”Now doesn’t that sound wonderful?And doesn’t it become even more wonderful when you know that the employer was literature, and that the two escaping apprentices were a certain Mr Collins and a certain Mr Dickens?Friends and collaborators who set out on a wa [...]


    4. Difficult to sum up really. A couple of interesting 'ghosty' tales but more of a diary of a trip around some of Britain. I think I found the fact that it was Dickens and Collins who were the travellers was the most interesting thing about the book. Easy enough to read.


    5. gutenberg/ebooks/888Opening: In the autumn month of September, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, wherein these presents bear date, two idle apprentices, exhausted by the long, hot summer, and the long, hot work it had brought with it, ran away from their employer. They were bound to a highly meritorious lady (named Literature), of fair credit and repute, though, it must be acknowledged, not quite so highly esteemed in the City as she might be. This is the more remarkable, as there isnothing agai [...]


    6. I was between books and this was on my Nook so I read a few chapters over a couple of days. I could barely keep my eyes open. Very clever, I am sure, if you're a product of the culture that produced it. But I couldn't find anything that made me care a single whit about either main character nor where they might visit. Three Men in a Boat is a far better choice for those interested in Victorian travelogues.


    7. Yes, prior knowledge of Dickens and Collins will make this book far more delightful. And, taking the time to savor the language and descriptions is essential. With those two ingredients, this collaboration of the two great authors, poking fun at each other, their literary styles, their real-life journey together, and a few English customs they both embrace and abhor, makes for an entertaining read. Add a couple ghost stories and you have a recipe for fun.


    8. Pubblicato a puntate nel 1857 su una delle tante riviste a cui Charles Dickens e Wilkie Collins consegnavano il frutto della loro collaborazione di scrittori, e del loro sodalizio di amici, il Pigro viaggio di due apprendisti oziosi offre il resoconto divertito delle avventure di due passeggeri spensierati tra campagna e piccole città lungo le tappe dell'appena nata rete ferroviaria inglese, inframmezzato da intermezzi di short story, del fantastico del mistero e del soprannaturale, narrate dur [...]


    9. So short (and inexpensive) that press didn't even bother with page numbers! (Actually it's also printed in a tiny font. ) Poe meets Jerome K Jerome. Very enjoyable romp.I should probably give it 4/5 but I'm a star miser today.


    10. A very fun book that tells the story of Mr. Idle and Mr. Goodchild who make a pact to travel around Great Britain being as idle as can possibly be, only to find out that sometimes staying idle is rather hard work! “Goodchild was laboriously idle, and would take upon himself any amount of pains and labour to assure himself that he was idle: in short, had no better idea of idleness than that it was useless industry. Thomas Idle, on the other hand, was an idler of the unmixed Irish or Neapolitan [...]


    11. HUMOR Y SUSPENSEAventuras y desventuras de dos extravagantes personajes con una característica común: la ociosidad. Pero esta cualidad es muy distinta en ambos amigos; para uno es sinónimo de holgazanería, mas para el otro es una oportunidad para disfrutar. Con la peculiaridad de estar escrita por dos escritores, es una novela compuesta en 5 episodios bastante diferenciados entre sí; a pesar de una cierta conexión (personajes y acción) de la obra en total, se pueden considerar independien [...]


    12. Well I am rather disappointed. This was the last book I bought my mother for Christmas 2012. She died in late March of this year. Her bookmark was placed at the end of the first chapter. I am afraid she was probably having difficulty engaging with it. I know I did.Bought mainly because the two apprentices journey to Cumberland, the land of her birth and death. I suspect had she got far enough she would have been saddened by their poor appreciation of the place.But that's not the reason I remain [...]


    13. Read as part of Dickens challenge.Started 22 Feb 2014. Finished 25 Feb 2014.The title says it all really. A random search by two friends for places to be idle in.One however discovers through their travels in the UK that he is perhaps not as idle as he liked to think he is.Possibly a commentary of one of Dicken's own trips around the UK with the usually well described observations of place, human nature & idiosyncrasies evident in places & people wherever one may go, if one is bothered t [...]


    14. It is amazing what these two can come up with. I love how the reader can distinguish the voice of Dickens and Collins within the narrative. I particularly enjoyed Collins's sensationalist story and Dickens's wonderful tale of the Bridal Chamber. This is just one of many texts that are not popularly recognized but are definitely worth reading.


    15. Of the five sections, the first 2 were excellent and probably represent what happened on Dickens and Collins tour. The third and fourth sections are a fairly lame (by today's standards) mystery and ghost story written by Collins and Dickens respectively I think. The final section seems cobbled together and thankfully eventually ended.


    16. Uma divertida viagem de dois vadios: um treinado e outro de nascimento. Numa narrativa que alterna o hilário e circunspecto, a vadiagem nata e a programação da vadiagem (treinada?!). Com trechos absolutamente picarescos, e outros com um que de fantástico (fantasmagórico, talvez)


    17. This tale is about two apprentices who go out on a trip to find a way to be totally idle. They run into some problems along the way, and some humorous incidents. I always enjoy Dickens' sense of humor and his way of describing people and situations in detail without being ponderous. A good read.


    18. Enjoyable odd little volume of pseudo-travel log mashed up with occasional ghost story and humorous tales of middle-class English dudes lost up a mountain.




    19. Dickens, CharlesA Tale of Two Cities; The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; The Uncommercial Traveller; No ThoroughfareIn compilation only.


    20. Definitely not a fun read. I do find it amusing how trying to be so idle was actually more work than not being idle.


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